Documenting My Life: Episode 2

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January Week 1 project - photos

The concept of keeping a weekly documentation of your life on a 2-page spread in an album has rapidly grown and been embraced by the scrapbooking/crafting community, to the point where I just couldn't say no to getting involved in it myself this year.

I am a long-time scrapbooker, but the past few years I've felt the need to dedicate much of the time I was spending on scrapbooking to other responsibilities. Being a big believer in getting stories onto paper and getting photos into albums, this seemed like a good alternative to how I had done this in the past, which was dedicating a 12 inch x 12 inch layout to each life story.

I went into this thinking it would be a project that I could complete in an hour or two a week. After my first month of doing it, I can say that definitely has not been the case for me! But it is OK. I am getting my photos printed and stories down and, in spite of it taking longer than I planned, it still takes significantly less time than how I was doing it. And I believe that as I develop my own system, things will pull together faster.

As I've researched how others do this, I've discovered there is an overwhelming amount of inspiration out there! It is very easy to get caught up in the mindset that you're surely missing out on a cuter, more creative way to do things if you aren't continually searching blogs, store websites, and Pinterest. I have set a goal to only use consumables I already own (with the exception of alphabet stickers) and to only use Fiskars tools. These goals help me keep my focus and not spend too much time searching for ideas.


Documenting Life January Week 1


Documenting life in 2013 layout of week 1:

This is how my first week turned out. One of my hopes is to incorporate a lot of memorabilia. Using this system of individual pockets makes this an easy task. In the first pocket, where I will include the range of dates and week number for each spread, I used part of a hat from our New Year's Eve celebration. In other areas, I cut up the packaging from products we use in our home. I also got to use a concert ticket!

For a better look at the details, a close up of page one from week 1.


photos from week 1


And close up of page two.


Photos from Week 1


This is week 2:


photos from january week 2


A close up of page 1.


photos from week 2


A close up of page 2.


photos from week 2


And this is week 3:


photos from week 3


A close up of page 1.


photos from week 3


A close up of page 2.




Since I'm big on preserving stories, I want as many of my pockets as possible to be filled with either photos or information about our lives. One way I plan to do this is to each week include something random we enjoy as a family. It may have nothing to do with our week, but it still tells something about us. After a little brainstorming with my boys, I'm imagining this will mainly be foods we like and products we use.


Using a tag die cut on product packaging


I used the tag die cut for the Fiskars Fuse to cut a portion from a package of french fries. I used the Fiskars Microtip Softgrip Scissors to cut a small logo from the bag and adhered it to the die cut. On week 2, I again used the scissors to cut the logo from a package of one of our favorite cookies and adhered it to a preprinted journaling card.


Using a tag die cut on product packaging


Using the Fiskars Fuse and the Snowflake die cut, I was able to support the part of our weekly story of getting our first snow of the year.


Using a snowflake die cut and the Fiskars Fuse


Using 2 Fiskars circle punches, I created a vinyl album to help tell the story of how we listened to one of our favorite radio programs in our area, 70s Saturday.


Using circle punches to create a vinyl album


After adding some chipboard and wooden letter/number stickers, I had a fun card to fill one of the larger pockets with.


Using circle punches to create a vinyl album


If you're on this journey, too, I hope I've given you an idea or two this month to help you incorporate paper cutting tools into the process! I'll be back again next month to share more of my pages and ideas with you.

I'd like to thank Cosmo Cricket, Bella Blvd, Basic Grey, Jenni Bowlin, and My Mind's Eye for providing most of the papers and preprinted journaling cards used in this project. 

Supply List

Pocketed photo album pages, decorative papers, stamping ink, preprinted journaling cards (optional), adhesive, pen and/or printer for journaling.