Last fall, a bunch of influences came together to compel me to document a “day in my life.”
I think I do a pretty good job of documenting my “everyday” life, if the number of photos in my Lightroom catalog has anything to say about it. However, I’ve never formally participated in Day/Week-in-the-Life or other scrapbooking “events” like that. In 2012, when I was doing my Project 366, I did take an enormous number of photos one day in February and add them as an insert in a coin-pocket page, along with a sheet of detailed hand-written notes on one of Ali’s worksheets. I love the result, even if it didn’t turn into any larger type of project. It’s amazing to see how I spent a day back then, when my daughter was only a few months old!
Sometime at the end of September or beginning of October 2013, I listened to a Paperclipping Roundtable podcast episode while running (just thinking about it makes me see my route in my mind… it’s actually quite nice!), and even though the basic topic was outside my personal experience, there was a part of the discussion at the end of the episode that focused on taking note of your current life circumstances/situations and documenting them. Shortly after I listened to the episode, I saw Christine’s awesome layout documenting a day in her life. It was another reminder that documenting my everyday routine at a more in-depth level didn’t have to be a huge project (although of course I turned it into one, because, you know, that’s the way I roll ;-)) In 2013, Ali Edwards was doing a monthly day-in-the-life insert in her albums, and so I was seeing those pop up in my blog reader, too. Somewhere in there, I heard an offhand mention by (I think) Katrina Kennedy in her Capture Your 365 podcast (I wish I could remember which episode, sorry) about a day-in-the-life photobook she made. Suddenly, I knew that if I was to do this day-in-the-life thing, I was going to do it in photobook/digital scrapbook form.
After so many things inspired me, I finally decided I should just DO it! In the Paperclipping Roundtable podcast, Marie-Pierre suggested doing a day-in-the-life documentation once a year, so I thought that I should pick a date and start a tradition! What was I waiting for? I picked a date (a day or two later: October 4), set hourly alarms on my phone to take photos (thanks for the idea, Christine!), and made the commitment.
I took a LOT of photos that day. I also ended up taking a lot of video clips, which don’t figure into this project, but they make me happy, so that’s why I mention them. 🙂 It took me longer to get to it than I wanted (about a month), but I sat down eventually and typed up some journaling to accompany the photos and “narrate” the day. I narrowed my photos down to 56 images. In December, I made a big push on the project and digitally scrapbooked a 20-page photobook, plus a collage front cover. I was waiting on the “perfect” digital papers until now, and I finally realized I had the perfect set in the Sweet Shoppe Designs collaboration kit, “Enjoy the Little Things”– it’s like the color scheme was made for my photos!!
For most of the pages of the photobook, I modified templates that I’d made for my (epic) Corsica photobook project. Even though I intended to make an 8″x8″ book at the end, I started out with the canvases at 12″x12,” and after getting all the photo placement and placeholder spots ready for the patterned paper, I resized the canvases within the 8″x8″ photobook templates provided by Shutterfly, added the text, and finally clipped pattern paper into the placeholder spots.
I am especially proud of the title page. Because I didn’t have any one image that I felt was a good summary of the day (and somehow I didn’t take ANY family photos the whole day!! I’ll have to remember to do that in the future…), I thought it might be fun to do a collage! I started with one of Katie the Scrapbook Lady’s “Sixteens” templates, and rotated it three times to make a 2-by-2 grid of 16 spots. I filled my pictures into most of the spots, and clipped patterned paper into the remaining spots. Finally, I added a banner title (the text is made from Ali Edwards’ .png image; I used the 4×6 aspect ratio .png on the title page inside the book). I LOVE how it turned out!
This project is a treasure to me. It is my intention to continue the “tradition” (is it a tradition if it’s happened only once so far? probably not, haha) each year on October 4. In a few years, I’ll have a stack of day-in-the-life photobooks– how cool will that be?!
A few days after I uploaded all of my pages to Shutterfly (NOTE: you must de-select the option for Shutterfly to auto-correct your photos or else the colors might come out funkily super-bright or weird. I wish so much that there was a quick way to do this, but you actually have to do it for each photo individually. Bleh.), I received my book in the mail! It’s gorgeous! (if I do say so myself!) 🙂 Here are some “beauty shots:”
I am already looking forward to documenting October 4, 2014! 🙂