Monthly Archives: May 2013

Messtaken Identity Class Winner!

Messtaken Identity Class Winner!

The winner of the month of classes and tutorials over at Messtaken Identity is Carmen!

Carmen, I will forward your email to Gina at Messtaken Identity. Her classes are fun!

Thanks for playing everyone!

Step One: Sort What You Have

Step One: Sort What You Have

This is probably going to sound like a no-brainer, but the first step to putting together a Week in the Life Project is to sort the photos and notes you have by day. Need a video example?

Once you’ve got your materials sorted, take a quick look at what you’ve gathered, and make a list of what sorts of things are involved.

My list: (in addition to the standard 4x6s)

Monday: lots of memorabilia, three 3x4s

Tuesday: One 6×8, one 5×7, one 3×4 and no memorabilia

Wednesday: Two 5x7s, two 3x4s and a little memorabilia

Thursday: One 6×8 (Actually a 8×10 I will be cutting down.)

Friday: One 5×7, three 3x4s and some memorabilia

Saturday: One 6×8 and Simon’s wish list

Sunday: A 6×8, five 5x7s, a couple pieces of memorabilia, and LOTS of pictures.

Now that I know how much of what kind of stuff I have, I can plan how to arrange my album. I know I won’t need any 6×8 page protectors for Monday, and very little of anything for Thursday.

I am going to need a few more page protectors, so tomorrow I’ll make a quick trip to Michaels, so I can flesh out the interior. Then it will be time to start assembling it.

I will work on each day as a block, so you will have seven videos to check out and refer to once I’m done.

I’ve got a sick kid at home, so between that, and needing to head out for supplies, I probably won’t be able to start posting videos till Monday at the earliest.

Make sure you let me know if you have any questions!


Gathering Materials: Week in the Life Project

Gathering Materials: Week in the Life Project

I’ve got a video for you showing everything I pulled together to use for our Week in the Life project.

How are you doing with your project? Have you gathered together some photos and memorabilia?

I’ve got lots more of this process to show you. More will be coming soon!

Organizing a Story

Organizing a Story

Well, last week was a wash. The story I thought I would be telling? No where in sight. But I did capture a week in our life, and that’s still precious, even if it’s not the story I thought I would be telling.


Looking back through the week’s photos, I have not a single picture of us eating dinner together, even though we did. I didn’t take any pictures of my feet up on a foot rest while letting myself recover from straining my back and hip. Or of the book I read, or the planning I tried to do to keep myself productive. No pictures of the kids breaking open the piñata, or attacking big blocks of ice with hammers! (Now that could have ended poorly.) In short, there are lots of pictures I missed. But that doesn’t mean I can’t include those stories in my album.

The first thing I will be doing to start telling this story, is gathering all the photos I took. That includes phone photos and computer photos. (Take a picture of yourself while playing on your computer if you can. You’ll be amused at the faces you make!)

Once I have everything together, I will start deciding which photos I should print small, which should be 4×6, and which should be 6×8. As I gather photos, I’ll also make notes about any additional stories I want to tell that I may have missed writing down during the week. I’ll also pull together memorabilia and facebook and twitter updates to add to the story.

That’s what I’ll be working on today and tomorrow. If you want some suggestions on how to choose which photos to print, check out this post. Feel free to pop any questions for me into the comments   below.

Once I’ve got everything ready to go, I’ll show you how to put it together. This is going to be fun!

Tuesday Summary and a Bit of Wednesday too!

Tuesday Summary and a Bit of Wednesday too!

Tuesday started off well, and I got some great shots at the bus stop of my youngest and some of the neighborhood kids, but I didn’t get a lot of shots in the middle of the day.


I went to pick up some garden soil for our new square foot garden and leveling sand for my mother, and didn’t want to bring my camera, so I tried out the camera on my cheap phone.

garden soil

Maneuvering all that sand and soil around did in my back, and I didn’t get much else documented. I stopped and put my feet up, and took an NSAID to keep my muscles from seizing up.

Today started really rough with the back pain still hanging on and really sapping my energy, so I did a bit more of the feet up and minor stretching and easy motion stuff to get back to normal. It’s still not good, but the down time has helped me cope with it and has definitely helped it improve.

So the documenting for this week has not gone so well! That’s okay. I still have 4 more days to record, and plenty of stories and pictures that I can use for the first part of the week. It just won’t be as intensive as I was hoping.

Especially since my husband hasn’t been hiding from the camera this time around. I love it when he hams it up for me.