Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Week In The Life

Next Monday sees me participating in Ali Edwards 'Week In The Life' class and I'm really looking forward to it. I suspect it will be a lot like Shimelle's Scrap Your Day, only over 7 consecutive days, rather than 1 day per month. Here's what she has to say about it (I'm unable to post a direct link to this for some reason, so do stick with me ...):
Next week, from Monday through Sunday, I will be documenting a week in my life with photos + words and I invite you to play along. (You could even begin today or tomorrow if you wanted - there is no reason it has to be Monday through Sunday vs. Saturday through Friday.)
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.
This will be a pared down project from the one I have taught previously. Right now I am most interested in the photos and the words and that is where my focus will be throughout the week.
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.
Daily Tasks For The Week: Take photos. Commit to keeping your camera with you throughout the day. Capture everything. Capture things that may seem silly or dumb. Capture the normal. Capture little things. Capture your environment. Here's a couple questions I ask myself or I keep in mind as I am going about this project: what's my daily routine, where did I go, who did I see, what do I do, what does the inside of my home look like, where do I spend the most time, etc. Capture stuff that you use everyday: your computer, a coffee mug, a favorite pair of shoes, a book, etc. Make sure to take a photo of yourself each day. See the list of possible photos below.Upload photos. Take a bit of time each evening to upload your photos for the day. You can use this time to eliminate duplicate shots and if you are really on top of things you could print them out or upload them to your favorite developer to have them ready to create with the following week. Designate a place for notes. Have a notebook or a couple sheets of paper set aside to jot down notes, stories, things to remember about each day. Don't make this
complicated. Don't run out and buy a new notebook. The back of some junk letters, the leftover pages in a journal you have always meant to get around to, etc. You simply need somewhere to write down notes over the course of the day.
Take notes. Once you set up something to write on, do the writing. What should you write? Thoughts you have during the day, things your kids or your boss or your partner say, things you notice (simple and profound), what you ate, etc. Go for the basics. These notes will be transferred into your album when the time comes. See more about recording the story under the category heading below.
Designate a place to store life-stuff. Part of the process is collecting bits and pieces of your life over the course of the week. For this I recommend setting up an envelope or folder for each day. You may use some of this stuff and you may not. I tend to keep things like receipts, handwritten notes, etc. These will be companions to your photos + words.
Possible Photos:
- think about the most basic things/the real life things that you see everyday: those things that are so much a part of what you do each day that they simply blend into the blur of images- chores- loves - dishes- food you cook- food you eat- driving to work- driving your kids to school/kids at the bus stop- computer- what you do for work- looking down at your shoes- your front door- thermometer/temperature outside- gas prices- the grocery store/your grocery cart/bags of groceries- the mess- piles of stuff- the funny face your kid is making/funny things they are saying- laundry- your child's room, toys, favorite books, etc.- document the imperfect normality of your existence.
Categories: To prepare for my journaling in the past I have designated categories: food, gratitude, work, stuff, etc. You can totally implement something like this for yourself - it helps keep you focused on what you need to document in a written format - or you can be more free-flowing. This time around I am going for more free-flowing word documentation - capturing bits of my life in words rather than giving myself specifics - either way you go will be just fine. Just make sure you write something as you go along. It is way too hard to try to remember what the heck happened on a specific even a few days later.
A couple things to note:
(1) This is not a class. I do not have a finished project to show you or specific instructions to follow. I will be working alongside and adjusting and going with the flow from Monday through Sunday. It's a journey we can embark on together. One of the big reasons I am doing this on my blog is so that I will actually do the project. You are making me accountable. This project is worth all the effort you will put into it...but it does take work.
(2) This does not have to be a 12x12 album. It can be smaller or larger. You can include tons of stuff or just photos + words. Part of the process will be figuring out how to showcase your photos + stuff. One of the things I am excited about in relation to sharing this journey is the variety of different albums that will result. Part of what I will be thinking about as I go along next week is how I want to put the album together. I am envisioning a hybrid combination of paper and digital elements. Other than that I will be using things I have on hand here at home. I will post some ideas for supplies/formats for putting the album together on Monday or Tuesday next week.
(3) Take this one day at a time. If you take a ton of photos on Monday and only a couple on Tuesday - no big deal. Let's get rid of that pressure before we even begin.
Care to join me?


Anonymous said...

I'm planning on joining in lets see if I can manage it:)

Liz said...

With my track record of finishing things I think I'll just have a look at yours!!

humel said...

I do love the idea of this and have changed my mind over and over, but as I'm already doing Scrap Your Day - which also falls next week - and the timing isn't great for me, I think I'll have a go another time. Looking forward to seeing your project though :-)

Rhona said...

I'm seriously thinking of doing it but need to see whether I remember to take the photos etc. I think I'll attempt it and see how I get on. I do like the idea though and always think it'll be fun to look back on in years to come. I could have done with doing it this week though. Maybe I'll start tomorrow and go from there ;o)

Amy said...

I'm going to see how I am on Monday morning - I know, late but I'm not sure. I scrap similarly to this most of the time but an album with it all in the one place with extra details would be good :-)

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