Ali Edwards’ Week in the Life — a Deeper Look at Everyday Stories

If you’re a regular here at the Awesome Ladies Project, you know that I have lots of projects that I love to do – Book of Me, Daily Pages, Thursday3, and many more. But every year, I still make time, place, and space in my life for Ali Edwards’ Week in the Life, because WitL is my absolute favorite documenting project (that I didn’t come up with 😂).

So just in time for Week in the Life 2023, which starts next week (April 24-30th), I wanted to share a flip-through of my completed book from last year. In this video, I talk about some of my favorite pages, techniques, and my overall approach to this project. Check it out right in the blog page above or on YouTube at this link.

If you’re not familiar with Week in the Life or just need a refresher, it is a seven-day documentary project that Ali Edwards started in 2005 as an annual opportunity to capture the simple everyday details of life with photos and words. From the mundane to the profound, it’s those simple little everyday moments that we can all learn to treasure more through this project.

I’ve been creating WitL projects for as long as Ali has been doing this project. They range from simple to complex depending on what’s going on in my life at the time. Here are a few of my older albums that I shared on the Ali Edwards blog a few years back.

Additional WitL Resources

FSS member @juli asked a great question regarding the pros/cons of doing WitL during the same documenting week as everyone else, or just picking a random week and doing it whenever you want.

Crafty Ass Female Podcast Episodes

For Week in the Life 2022, I brought together scrapbookers from around the world for three roundtable CAF episodes focused on three different topics. Then, I talked to the one and only Ali Edwards about everything Week in the Life, including how it started, our favorite parts of planning and actually doing it, and so much more. First up is my episode with Ali:

This is one of my favorite Crafty Ass Female episodes ever, and any time I get to spend talking with Ali is always memorable for me. Here are just a few of the things we talked about:

  • Scrapbooking is not a competition about whose week is the best.
  • The importance of taking time for self-care
  • Making sure that you get to choose how you experience Week in the Life
  • and what makes scrapbooking fun after almost two decades.

To listen and follow along with a transcript, click here.

Tips & Tricks for Newbies and Veterans Alike

I kicked off this series of roundtables with Amber Dawson, Elizabeth Heinz, Megan Anderson, and Amy Gretchen, where we covered tips and tricks that make Week in the Life easy and fun.

Topics we covered in this episode:

  • Expanding or narrowing your focus, depending on your energy level
  • How big photographs can help frame some visuals that you want in your album
  • Giving a heads up to the people in your life that you’re doing this project
  • Using your excitement to push yourself to finish

To listen along with a transcript, click here.

Capture Techniques – Photos & Words

In this episode, I spoke with Shu-Wen of Choux Puff Creations, Kirsten Heal, and Steph Grimes all about the best ideas for capturing photos and words during Week in the Life.

Topics we covered in this episode:

  • How to get more technical with your photos, but still capture authentic moments.
  • Using 10% of the photo energy to take more interesting photos.
  • Taking photos from different perspectives.
  • The importance of taking notes and journaling.

To listen along with a transcript, click here.

Album Formats & Formulas

In the final roundtable, we had the great group of Shu-Wen of Choux Puff Creations, Amber Dawson, Nolanna Lynch, Jeanne Williams, and Steph Grimes on to talk all about the best ideas for putting together your Week in the Life album.

Topics we covered in this episode:

  • The things that bring ease into this project, and how to reduce friction.
  • Product minimalism, digital templates, and deciding what products to get physically.
  • Incorporating interactive elements in our pages and designs
  • Doing what works for you, not what others do.

To listen along with a transcript, click here.

WitL 2023 – Starting Monday, April 24th

I’ll be sharing how I’m documenting this year’s Week in the Life right here on the ALP activity feed, so join along during the project, and as we finish our memory-keeping in the days and weeks after!

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