Documenting Your Not So Perfect Life

Documenting Your Not So Perfect Life

As I said on Monday, I’ll be documenting a week of my life in May. I’ve done the Week in a Life project once before, and I love the album that resulted from it. Take a look, and let me know what you think.

front cover

front cover

I used a three ring binder from Target for my album, and stamped the front using a metallic craft paint and foam letter stamps.

title page

title page

When I stamp, I am not really concerned with how well my letters align. I like the imperfection of crooked, slightly askew letters.

Monday  one

Monday one

I used the foam stamps and more metallic craft paint to stamp the first letter of each day of the week. I also used the divided page protector to add more space for journaling and photos.

monday two

Monday two

Started off strong with lots of journaling and a decent selection of photos. Don’t expect every day to go that well. Some days, you’ll forget to take pictures, and others, you’ll forget to take any notes till the end of the day.

Tuesday one

Tuesday one

Case in point: not many pictures. I just added more patterned paper to fill in the extra spaces.

Tuesday two

Tuesday two

One of the nicer photos I have of my husband.

Wednesday one

Wednesday one

It’s important to try to get yourself into your stories. Try setting up the self timer on your camera, and catching yourself in action. You’ll probably get a better picture of yourself this way, than by posing uncomfortably in front someone else.

Wednesday two

Wednesday two

Somedays, you’ll really forget the camera. It’s really okay. For Thursday, I just left the divided page protector out.

Thursday

Thursday

Sometimes you get great photos of your kids in action, and other times, the whole family mugs as soon as they notice the camera pointed their way. It’s all good.

Friday one

Friday one

Things I wish I had done more of: detail photos of routines like dinner and school.

Friday two

Friday two

That Saturday was so hot! As in swimming pool hot. I wouldn’t remember that if I hadn’t made this book.

Saturday one

Saturday one

I did get some detail shots, like my mother’s strawberry planter, and a close up of my youngest’s favorite shirt. Love catching everyone in action.

Saturday two

Saturday two

This used to be a very common sight in our backyard. Dog and boy chasing each other around like mad men. Now we’re in a new home, and they play together much differently.

Sunday one

Sunday one

Try to get detail shots and wide angle shots that show how everyone is interacting. That makes for a more interesting story, visually.

Sunday two

Sunday two

For the closing page, I used two of my favorite photos from the week. I probably could have elaborated a bit more, but didn’t feel the need.

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Closing page

So, what do you think? Do you want to make something like this? You can, you know.

I’ll be sharing how I prepare for this in the weeks ahead, and my documentation and assembly process as well. The week I’ll be documenting is May 5-12. You can join me then, or pick your own week to document. It’s a fun process. Play with me!

4 Responses »

    • I’m only documenting one week in May, Debbie! Doing a whole month as intensively as I plan on doing would be rather stressful, especially since I will also be participating in May’s Layout a Day as well.

    • I have tried to take a picture a day for years, and always fail. I don’t even think to take my camera with me everywhere. Using my phone camera also doesn’t work, because I don’t carry that everywhere either.

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