Every year, Ali Edwards does a weeklong, pretty intense project she calls Week in the Life. I took part last year and loved it.

This year The Paperie decided to get involved and some of the designers, instructors, and even the store owners took part. We had an information session where people could sign up to get daily email blasts with tips, tricks, photo prompts, and encouragement to keep going, and this Saturday we’ll be having an all day crop to get our albums put together.

Before that takes place, I thought I’d share my album cover and tell you what I’ve done with my pictures, in case you still needed to get yours printed!

As with most of the others designers involved, my initial concept has changed. Not surprising given the amount of photos I took each day! I am sticking with a little mixed media content and divided page protectors in a Simple Stories 6×8 Sn@p album – the orange one.

To be honest, when I altered the back of the album a couple of weeks ago, I wasn’t sold; I even considered getting a new one and leaving the chipboard cover as is.

back cover

I did like the large camera stamp and colours though:

back cover - detail

So I did the front cover and suddenly it all seemed to fall into place:

front cover

I love the textures of the Distress Paint and Mist, layered with Modeling Paste:

front cover - detail

The colours were chosen based on the Simple Stories Basics papers I’m using and I think this album is now going to work perfectly!

My photos are mainly 3×4 with a few 4×6 each day and there’s one 6×8 enlargement per day as well. My one complaint? The 6×8 page protectors are waaaaay bigger than 6×8 so I’m going to have to mount the photos on backer paper – I hate how they slide all over the place.

My smaller photos are all edited the same way: in Photoshop Elements 11 I resized each picture and then added text with the time and a short line about what was happening.


My daily sheets will fill in the gaps and tell extra stories and all I’m planning to do on Saturday is add embellishments. All the photos are cropped and added to the page protectors already (this takes longer than you may think so if you can get this part done ahead of time it’s a great time saver for the crop!)

I’m stoked about Saturday and can’t wait to see what everyone is doing – I love how different this project can turn out! I already know the designers have different albums and sizes, plus Wendy will be doing hers in her PL album so there will be tons of inspiration this weekend for whatever style of WITL you’re scrapping!

I’m hoping to catch five minutes and have my final September Card Kit post up tomorrow with the mini album – be sure to stop back then for a look!