Week in the Life Lessons

OK, I promise this is the last post about Week in the Life!  As I went through this project, I learned a few things about what to do different next time to make completing things much smoother and simpler.  Here we go:

 

1.  Start with the end in mind.

If you watched my video from Tuesday, you know that my album was a goofy size.  I also had a mix of vertical and horizontal photos that made choosing an album type difficult.  Next time, I’m going to take all horizontal photos.  Then I’ll be able to choose a standard type of page protector, slip photos in pockets and be on my way!  Shopping for an album beforehand might also be helpful (so I’ll know how many photos I can use for each page/day).

 

2.  Send photos to an online printer.

I printed my pictures with my Selphy.  Easy?  Yes.  Quick?  Double yes.  But cost-effective?  Probably not.  I could have printed them much more cheaply had I sent them to Snapfish or another similar online printer.

 

3.  Stay simple!

I made my album so much more complicated than it needed to be.  Next time, with some planning ahead, I’m going to have a quick and easy way to display my photos and wrap up the project much more quickly.

 

Just a final thought:

I so enjoyed this project.  I recently started a new, less-stressful job and that’s what enabled me to do this WITL to begin with!  My old job was great, but it was totally exhausting and took over my life.  I NEVER would have attempted to even start a project like this because I knew I would just get too tired and I would never have the time to put a whole album together.  With my new job and my new lifestyle, I can do fun crafty things like this and I don’t view it as another chore to add to my ‘to do’ list.  I actually had a good time doing it!  I’m excited about finding other similar projects to take part in.  If you haven’t given something like this a try–go for it!  And feel free to link to your blog or YouTube channel below to share your projects!

Week in the Life: Finished Album!

It.  Is.  Done!!

I really like how this turned out, but I did learn some lessons for next time!  I’ll post more about that on Thursday.  Instead of taking pictures of all/most of the pages, I filmed a video.  Feel free to comment, ask questions, or share a link to your blog post with your finished album!  Enjoy!

Week in the Life Update + Exciting News!

Last night I started editing my Week in the Life photos.  I wanted to start over the weekend, but it just didn’t happen.  Anyway, I first went through all my photos from each day and marked the ones I really liked or the ones I thought I could fix up with some editing.

 

Next, I imported the marked photos to iPhoto.  I do not have Photoshop, Elements, GIMP, or any other editing software.  So I’m just using what my computer came with!  I made an album for each day of the week and copied the photos there.

 

I started with Monday last night and edited the 30+ photos from that day.  I think they’re looking pretty good (any tips on editing would be helpful!!):

From this…

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To this…

Bunnies and Breakfast

 

And from this…

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To this…

Junie

Most of my editing involved helping the white balance out (making the whites truly white) and lightening things up.

 

I also think I’ve decided on an album format for the final project.  Instead of divided page protectors, I’m going to print my photos at 3×4 (except for a handful of photos that I want to enlarge) and make a mini-book out of them.  I’m thinking of doing something like this, but not quite as embellished in the end.  I really like the squares/rectangles in that layout and think it would translate well to a mini book format.  This will also (hopefully) solve my problem of vertical vs. horizontal.

 

Now the EXCITING NEWS!!

Last Friday, I made my first Etsy sale!!  Someone bought my Project Life mini kit I had made.  I was so excited!  I haven’t restocked that particular item (though I have plans to in the next week or so), but there are some newer items available that I just listed this weekend.  Check it out!  Any tips or comments on the shop would be much appreciated as well!

 

Thanks for reading and stopping by.  Happy Tuesday to you!

Week in the Life, Day 3 (Wednesday)

Day 3 and still going strong!  I didn’t take quite as many pictures today, but still a good number to choose from.  The below photos are unedited, like the ones from the last two days.  I’m saving all that for this weekend when I’ll have a little more time during the day to fiddle with them.  I’m trying not to overload myself with this project.  I want to participate, have fun, and do it at my pace (which I think is kinda the point!).  Anyway, here are my favorites from today:

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My breakfast this morning.  Coffee (notice a pattern?), cereal, and a bagel.

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The rising sun over the apartment complex.

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Listening to 9/11 memories on the radio.  Good thing I have a box of tissues in the car.

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Shredding LOTS of stuff at work today.  I had 6 huge trash bags full by the end.  Junk from last year and as far back as 2006!

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My desk all cleaned up!  The last lady had left a bunch of stuff everywhere, so I cleaned it up and put things where I wanted them.

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Dinner…was supposed to be sausage and potato bake.  But after the sweltering 90 degree heat from today, I really didn’t feel like something that heavy.  Matt had oatmeal and I had cereal, ha!

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All our bunnies are shedding at the moment, but Junie is really bad.  I took her into the tub to brush off the excess fur.  [Side note:  bunnies can get hairballs like cats, but don’t have the ability to cough them up.  So you have to brush bunnies to prevent hairballs.]  ANYWAY, Junie hates being brushed, so I have to get her in a small area (like the bathtub) so she can’t run away.

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Not having fun.

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I had to pick her up to get at the fur coming off her patootie.  She wasn’t pleased.

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I also used a lint roller on her.  This is what the brush didn’t get.

IMG_5835Popcorn in the evening…again!  We pop corn kernels ourselves (no bagged stuff for us!).

Getting to be nearly half way done with this project!  I’m really excited with how it’s gone so far.  I’m also starting to think about how I want to assemble it all when I’m done.  Divided page protectors?  Mini album?  12×12 Project Life-style spreads??  Suggestions welcome 🙂