So over summer just gone, I documented a week of my life. You may recall the daily
spamming posts on here. Every day for a week I kept my camera close and recorded pretty much everything that happened with the aim of having an album containing all my photos and journalling at the end of it. This isn’t an original idea, but one from scrapbooker Ali Edwards who has been doing Week In The Life for quite a few years now. Well finally, I can show you my completed album. It was actually finished in September (I think?), it just took a while to photograph the final thing.
I’m pretty pleased with it on the whole. It’s not by any stretch of the imagination a perfect album, but that’s ok. I’ve only dabbled in scrapbooking briefly before and I think a lot of this, like everything in life, is practice. But it feels so good to have some of my photos printed off and in an actual book rather than just being a bit of code and a bunch of pixles. Every year for father’s day I make a photobook for Dave of pictures of the kids from the last year. Last father’s day he got given an album full of my Living Arrows photos. It’s special, but it lacks something that the WITL album has – words. There is nothing extraordinary in this album, but I think that’s what makes this so significant is the routine and the little things that wouldn’t normally be recorded and it’s going to be so interesting to see how much had changed in a few years. Want to look at a few pages? (and by a few, I mean loads, it’s quite a big album).
You know something? It’s really hard to take pictures of this album without getting some glare from the page protectors. How do others manage it? Anyway, here’s the opening preamble page, a family portrait and a few facts about each of us and our ages. Dave was mostly looking forward to playing Fallout 4, I had just started to use and learn Lightroom CC (verdict – it’s brilliant), Betsy was constantly spotting the letters B and S everywhere and Arthur was saying “uh oh!” all the time.
The photos there weren’t taken by me, but my friend Julia who is a very talented photographer indeed. She took these photos at the end of the week so we couldn’t have been luckier to have grabbed some brilliant photographs of us at the time of doing this album. I’ll be writing about her shoot soon, some of the pictures she took are some of the best portraits of the kids I’ve ever seen.
Monday’s front page. Love, love, love having a big 6×8 photo with text in there, it sets the day up nicely. Ignore the empty 2×2 page to the left. I find filling those pages really difficult and rather than fanny about trying to fit something in there I left it blank just so I could get the album finished. Still, can’t hep thinking that even a patterned paper would be better than nothing. Oh well.
Monday was a busy day! I think when you start a project like this you’re so full of enthusiasm to record everything. I lucked out with Dave having a day off that day too, which wasn’t planned as he was supposed to be on a course that day. Also, I am so grateful that I blogged every day during this week. I don’t think I would have got this album done if it hadn’t been for that. All the journalling in this album has been taken from my blogs.
Wednesday‘s pages. I bought a beautiful 60s typewriter in mint condition from a charity shop not long ago (for a fiver!) and used it for some of my journalling. Formatting is quite tricky, especially on small cards. I do love that typewriter though, I need to use it more, even if it did take me a minute to work out where the enter key was :/ (and it took me an age to work out that the L and the 1 were the same key. That’s nothing though – the girl who sold me it hadn’t even seen a typewriter before this one #ifeelold)
Thursday. I still really love that photo of me and Dave.
Underneath the drawing of the feet is a card that says “Hooray for naps”
Friday. A photo filled day even though we didn’t leave the house until after 5pm. I also included a piece of artwork from each of the kids that they painted this day.
Saturday. A little flip-up card above the picture of us eating dinner. I taught Betsy how to use my little remote control for my camera and this is what I got (about 20 versions of this):
Love that face.
Sunday. We had the shoot with Julia that day, and I hardly took any photos at all. I think I was definitely done by this time. It’s actually quite hard work recording everything. It shows too I think – it was a bit of struggle to fill the page protectors, which is one of the reasons we have that page with the TV programmes watched (that’s changed already, if I were to write that again today it would contain nothing but Octonauts and Masterchef Australia) and music listened to. Thought it was worth recording how many photos were taken that week, 450 isn’t bad, is it?
This is the last page:
It’s not really finished, it doesn’t feel finished, does it? But that is it and I’m done quite frankly! There are new, different things to do. Like more scrapbooking! I very much have the bug. Ali Edwards is incredibly inspiring and leads some brilliant projects like WITL. Week In The Life is an annual event, taking place at different parts of the year and I can’t wait to do this all again in spring 2016. In the meantime I’ve accidentally started Project Life proper and starting next month I’m going to be joining in with December Daily. More on those soon!