Friday, May 5, 2017

WITL 2017 {Sunday}

So here are the final pages of my album to wrap up my third year of participating in Ali Edwards' Week in the Life. It remains one of my favorite projects to do, because it takes a random week out of the year and puts it under the microscope. You get to capture all of the nitty gritty that might get left out of general scrapbooking projects and you can see how much has changed (or not) from year to year.

This is the first time that I had doubts of completing it once the week began, but now that it's all done and ready to be shelved, I'm thankful I didn't stop. As with all of my memory keeping, it's created just for me and told from my perspective, and so when it seems like there's nothing interesting to photograph or document, it can be easy to talk yourself out of it. The quote on the card below is a perfect reminder of why memory keeping is important to me.

If you ever fall into the trap of where you feel that you are too busy, nothing exciting happened, or it's the same routine as always, try to remember that you and your stories are important and it can also be therapeutic to spend time crafting. And on days when you might have forgotten to get a particular photo, you can still record it with words. Sometimes I had several photos for the day and others I had just a few, but I let myself go with the flow. Deep down I knew that if I didn't complete this project, I would be disappointed to not have it among my other albums.

I'm glad I made the shift to go simpler, my style has been working towards that more and more, but I still try to make a point to use new and old items, scraps and bits, and to just have fun. Often, I'll learn a new technique or find inspiration in a place I wasn't expecting, which is another bonus. If you're working on your album, let me know, I'd love to take a look and be inspired for future projects!

6x8 album trimmed to 3x8 - Echo Park Kraft album
wood veneer day of the week - Ali Edwards
3x4 cards and die cuts - Memory Pockets Monthly Renew - The Lilypad and No Rain + No Flowers digital paper pack - Allison Pennington
additional 3x4 cards - Laura Digital Journal Cards - The Shiny Bits and Make It Matter mini kit - Brandi Kincaid for Feed Your Craft
stamps - Distressed Patterns - My Favorite Things, At Home - Feed Your Craft, Plan It Out - Christine Herrin
inks - Seafoam and Catkin - Simon Says Stamp
mini flair - Feed Your Craft


  1. You made such great points! Sometimes it's hard to see the value in this project when you're in the moment but when you're looking back at it as a whole, you really appreciate capturing all the little things. It looks wonderful Elise! I enjoyed seeing all your pages and you've tempted me to try an album of this size too.

    1. Yes, that exactly, Susan! It can feel like such an overwhelming process from the hundreds of photos that get taken to finding time to put it all together, but it's worth it. Ooh, I think you'd have a lot of fun with the 3x8 size!

  2. EXACTLY!!!!!! I worked on mine this weekend while camping-I had packed minimal supplies & plan to make it a chapter of pocket pages in my 12x12 album, I can't wait until it's complete- just needing to go back over it 'one more time' to put on a few final touches to be complete!

    1. Sounds like you'll have it wrapped up in no time, Kim! :)


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