Inspiration: "A Week in the Life" Project

Who says you need to slavishly maintain a baby journal (or a non-baby journal, for that matter) every day for months and years? This inspiring project, the brainchild of author/designer Ali Edwards (mom of Simon and Anna), requires just one week of writing, collecting and photographing. The end result: a scrapbook you'll cherish forever.

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Ali, who has taught classes in creating keepsakes, started doing "Week in the Life" as an annual project back in 2004. She says that these albums are some of her favorites in her entire collection.

Says Ali:

This is a creative adventure. It requires little more than a camera and a willingness to pay attention and gather up stuff from your daily life. Even if you have never scrapbooked before you can do this project.

Some of you out there may be thinking: my life is boring or I do the same thing everyday or what story do I have to tell? As with many of the projects I have created, the preparation process is just as (and maybe more) important than the creative process of actually putting the album together. Most likely you will learn something about yourself over the course of this project. I learn something new every time.

So what's involved? Really, not that much other than a commitment to taking photos, jotting down notes, and collecting random bits and pieces of your life every day for seven days. At the end of those seven days, you sift through everything and, following Ali's tips and sorting suggestions, compile everything into a scrapbook.

After finding out that many of her readers are embarking on their own "Week in the Life" projects right now (what is it about fall that seems to inspire many of us to pull out our cameras and document our lives?), Ali thoughtfully compiled a roundup of all her past posts on the subject, starting with these posts on joining in and documenting the week.

For more inspiration, you can also check out the popular Flickr group that Ali created, where fellow Week-in-the-Lifers can upload and share their photos and finished projects: Document a Week in the Life