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

Last week I started working on part two of the Week in the Life project.  It took several days to edit the photos I wanted to print, then I used my Selphy to print them all.  In hindsight, it would probably have been better to send the pictures to a photo printing site like Shutterfly, but using the Selphy is so easy…I just didn’t even think about it until I was half way done!  Once my photos were printed, I deliberated over what type of album to put them in.  I had both horizontal and vertical photos I wanted to include and I didn’t have page protectors that would easily accommodate that.  I wanted to spend as little money as possible on the project and use supplies I already had (at least for the most part), so divided page protectors were out.  I also didn’t want a huge 12×12 album.  So what size did I end up with?  10 1/2×11.  Yes, you read that right.  Let me explain…

 

Once I had figured out that I didn’t want page protectors and a large album, I thought maybe I could buy some chipboard, punch holes and use ring clips to make an album.  I went to Michael’s and found the perfect thing:  a kit with 10 already-hole-punched chipboard pages plus rings!  It was $5 and I had a 50% off coupon.  $2.50 for my “album?”  Yes, please!  They were large pieces and I assumed they were 12×12.  I thought that since they were less bulky than an actual 3-ringed album, it would be okay at that size.  Got them home and looked at them again next to my 12×12 paper.  They were just smaller.  I measured.  10 1/2″ x 11″.  How handy…

 

That meant I had to trim my paper to be exactly that size.  When I put my photos against the patterned paper I had picked out, they sort of blended into the background too much.  They didn’t pop.  “I know!” thought my ingenious little self, “I’ll cut white cardstock paper to mat them!”  I cut a few rectangles to frame my 3×4 photos and put them on the paper.  It looked great!  Amazing!  Stupendous!

 

Then I started putting the album together.

 

I printed a TON of pictures, so I needed a TON of little white cardstock mats.  I also needed a TON of background pages and everything needed a TON of adhesive since it wasn’t going into a page protector.  I ran out of adhesive at one point and had to go to Michael’s for more.  Got home with my 3 pack of Tombow roller adhesive and discovered that I had actually bought a pack of refills, not individual rollers.  I was determined not to go back to Michael’s again, so I used the refills (with much difficulty, I might add) to finish the last several pages.

 

Yeesh.

 

I still love this project, but I have A LOT of ideas for how to make it better and easier next time!!

 

ANYWAY.

 

I’ve got some (not that great) pictures of my progress.  There are still a few things I want to add and then next week, I’m planning to make a video walk through of the final project.  Here’s what I’ve got so far:

Blank Cover

This is the cover before I decorated it.  The chipboard is REALLY thick and the rings are quite strong.  I’m happy about that since I’m wanting this album/project to last a good long time!

Decorated Cover

The decorated cover!  I had a lot of fun putting this together last night and I’m pleased with how it turned out.

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Each day has a 6×11″ sheet that is a write up from my daily note sheets.  I added the day and date to each one.  Monday was a full day!

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On the back of the write up sheets, I have pictures followed by a full page with more pictures.  No captions necessary since it’s all explained in the half-page of journaling.

Inside Album 2

Thursday was a little different since there was NO room on the sheet for a day/date!  I ended up putting it on that white card which is attached to the side of the page underneath.  I had two extra pictures for the day that I didn’t want to put by themselves on the back of the full page.  So I added this small piece with washi tape.  That probably made no sense, but you’ll see it better in the video!

Inside Album 3

Here’s how I accommodated the vertical pictures with the horizontal pictures.

  Inside AlbumSunday was also a full day and I had just enough pictures to finish the last page!

Some finishing touches and I’ll be DONE!  Look for the final video of my Week in the Life next Tuesday!

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 7 (Sunday)

Wow.  Last day of this project!  I’m so pleased I made it to the end of ‘part one’ and am looking forward to starting ‘part 2’ next week.  I still haven’t quite decided how to put it all together.  I like the idea of a divided page protector album, but my photos are a complete mix between vertical and horizontal.  Most page protectors have the slots oriented one way or another.  I’ll share whatever it is I come up with!

 

Anyway, on to Day 7, Sunday.  Here are my favorites from today:

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9:00 a.m.:  Lucy chillaxin’ post-breakfast.

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Crispin is a friendly little bunny.  Groomin’ away.

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Junie tries to decide whether to jump in the diggy box or hop up with Crispin and Lucy.

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Crispin says hello!

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11:30 a.m.:  Kinda a lot of dishes to catch up on…

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12:30 p.m.:  Making up my weekly meal menu and grocery list.

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5:00 p.m.:  Another beautiful day!  We went for a walk through the apartment complex.

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Found some kid art.

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And just a few hints of fall.

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Bright red berries.

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Shootin’ from the hip 😉

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Obligatory foot shot.

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7:00 p.m.:  Went to the grocery store.  Hubby was all, “What.  Are.  You.  Doing???” when I pulled out my camera to take a picture of the cart!

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Produce for us and the buns.

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Beautiful sunset on the way out of the store.

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8:30 p.m.:  Decided to bake some chocolate chip cookies.

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Baked some for now…

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…and put the rest of the dough in a bag to freeze for another time!

Next week I’ll get back to my ‘regular’ blogging schedule.  Thanks for stopping by this week to keep up with my ‘Week in the Life!’

Week in the Life, Day 6 (Saturday)

The final two days of this project are here and I’m kinda sad.  I’m really having fun with it!  Anyway, I took 53 photos on Saturday.  Here are the highlights:

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8:00 a.m.:  Up and at ’em!  Got my new sheet for the day and I’m ready to go.

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8:30 a.m.:  Junie grabs a drink after breakfast.

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There are three bunnies in this picture…can you spot them all?  Crispin is the one in ‘mid-jump.’

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10:00 a.m.:  Packing up my first Etsy sale!

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10:30 a.m.:  Snuggling with Nibbles.

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12:15 p.m.:  Perfect day.

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See?

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12:20 p.m.:  First stop is the post office.  I also stopped at the bank, but didn’t get a picture of that.  I do have the deposit slip, so I figure that’s good enough!

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12:40 p.m.:  Stopped at Michael’s.  Got two cute stamp sets for under $7!

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1:00 p.m.:  Tuesday Morning had a bunch of great paper stacks, but I just bought  a set of American Craft precision pens ($5) and another stamp set (99 cents!).

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6:00 p.m.:  Dinner time!  Burritos are going in the oven.

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10:00 p.m.:  Bed time.  I don’t have many pictures of myself, so I took this in the bathroom.  Yes, there’s a mess behind me.  Nibbles is still living in there until we figure out a better spot for him.

Last day today!  Check back tomorrow (or possibly later tonight) for my final post.

Week in the Life, Day 5 (Friday)

Friday I was at work from 8:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.  Kind of a long day!  By the time I got home, I was pretty tired.  I only took 21 photos, but here are some of my favorites:

 

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My zippy Corolla is ready to take me to work.  It’s a dinky little car, but I love it!

 

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Work.  Jealous?

 

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Such a beautiful day.  Mid-70s and just perfect outside!

 

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I’ve been helping a friend reorganize her basement…

 

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…her massively huge basement.  It’s been a process.

 

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Said friend was also trying to get ready for her daughter’s 17th birthday party.  We were supposed to work in the basement Friday afternoon, but I ended up helping her prep for the party.  I made deviled eggs (among other things).

 

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Finally home and decided to relax by making some fun new tags for my Etsy shop!

 

IMG_5909Crafting over…time for bed!