Capturing Your Year

One of my favorite stories in the February issue is “Cheer a New Year” on page 60, which features different projects designed to capture a year, week, or month of everyday life, including Ali Edwards’ Week in the Life album. I thought it would be fun to show you my 2011 Week in the Life album.

 

This was my second year participating in Ali’s project, in which she challenges fellow scrapbookers to document a specific week in their lives—even if they don’t have anything “special” going on. The project really inspires you to show what life is like on the regular days. Often many of us only scrapbook the highlights. But there is so much that goes on between birthdays, holidays, and vacations that is important too! Week in the Life helps me capture some of that—and results in some of my favorite photos of the year.

For this year’s Week in the Life project, I wasn’t able to document as much of my week as I would have liked, so early on I decided to only use my cell phone to make it easier to get photos and journaling on the go (since I always have my phone with me). I ended up with a mini album that summarized a hectic and eventful week well.

 

I used the Postal Pix app to print out my photo, and decided to make a mini album showcasing just a few photos each day. I used the Momento app to capture my journaling.

 

Simplifying the project made it easier to complete the project during a hectic time, but I’m looking forward to doing a more in-depth version next year.

You can see all of Ali’s 2011 album here, and learn more about the project on her blog. Have any of you participated in Week in the Life? If so, put a link to your albums in the comments section—we’d love to see them!

While working on the “Cheer the New Year” story, we also got inspired by Lisa Truesdell’s take on  Becky Higgins’ Project Life. So inspired, in fact, that several of us have committed to doing Project Life in 2012. I have to admit that I’m a little intimidated by the thought of a project that covers every day of the year. But I love the idea that this time next year I’ll have a detailed record of the whole year. To stay committed, though, I decided to get some help. So we’ve started a Project Life club at the office and about eight of us are going to get together on our lunch hours once a month to get caught up on our albums and share our progress. I can’t wait!

Are any of you doing Project Life next year?

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