I had been looking forward to participating in my fourth Week in the Life, and not only designed supplies, but had a vision for how my album would come together. Then sadness struck when we unexpectedly lost our Pound Cake a few days before documenting was to begin. I found myself conflicted with capturing a week that had a cloud of grief hanging overhead.
The previous year during my WITL documenting, I had captured one of my favorite photos of Pound Cake and me that I wouldn't have had otherwise. Because things can change in an instant, the act of documenting an ordinary moment now holds even more meaning and I became stubbornly determined to create my album this year.
As the week wore on though, I found myself taking very few photos and had stopped altogether by Thursday. My plans for how I would assemble my album went out the window, but I didn't want to give up. So I made a new plan.
I decided instead of detailing each day, I would categorize the moments by topic. From work, to food, to purchases, I created a simple 4x6 mini album and made the handful of photos I did take work for me.
I like to photograph the same things each day to see their progression through the week, but again, since I stopped taking pictures, I didn't have the state of my office each day. I did have one from Monday and snapped another on Sunday and was able to show the change over the course of the week.
On the backside of the dividers I added my journaling regarding each topic. Using a 3x8 card from In A Creative Bubble, I resized it to 3x6 to match the size of my photos. Everything was done on the computer and then it was simply a matter of printing, cutting, and adhering them into place.
Sometimes I had space where there wasn't a picture, so I added some of the embellishments that I had previously prepared.
I had made some cards when I first started to put my album together, but when I realized I had to change everything, I decided to reprint them on transparency so that they would stand out more.
Nothing about my project came together as I had planned, but I'm really happy that I stuck with it. It's not at all as detailed as I intended, but it's a symbol of a week lived. At a time when my heart was filled with sadness, there were plenty of good moments, mundane moments, and spontaneous moments and I'm grateful that they're recorded for future me to look back on.
If you're overwhelmed with too many photos or feel like you didn't record enough, I hope you'll see this project through by making it work for you. There is no right or wrong way to preserve your memories.
(I'm not sure I'll put together a proper walk through video, but I've got quick flip through of the entire book on my Instagram if you didn't happen to come from that post.)