Monday, May 24, 2010
I know I'm jumping on the bandwagon a little late here (I will once again use my "new mom who was living out in the woods with no Internet" card), but I've decided to try the "A Week in the Life" project from the lovely Ali Edwards.
Now, I know that I'm not so great with finishing projects, especially minis (see December Daily, see 52Qs, see Bits of Life, see 5 Amazing Years of Loving You, see Project 365, and so on), but I figured, what the heck, might as well add to the unfinished pile, lol.
(side: is anyone else like this with their crafts too? Tons of half-finished projects lying about? I hope so!)
Anyway, back to the project. I read most of Ali's posts about the project earlier today and it sounds totally appealing to me, mostly because I really want to capture and document our life right now, with Victor leaving the newborn phase and becoming a young infant (3 months), and with us having just moved back home. It's an important time in our lives, I feel like it's the "beginning" of a new stage, so getting it all down on paper with words and photos seems like something I want (and, in a way, should) do.
Here are a few of the things I'm going to document (either through words or pics):
-To-do list: I'll probably make one at the beginning of the week and then break it up to a few tasks per day. I can then check off what I actually did and didn't do
-The weather: Because I'm obsessed with the weather, like all good Canadians
-Victor's eating and sleeping schedule: This will be really hard to do, but I think that it would be really neat to look back on, plus I'm curious to see myself!
-What we watch: Right now we're on Season 4 of Dexter
-What Internet sites we visit: This is always fun to look back on, especially when the sites no longer exist (à la Kristina Contes)
-Our menu for the week: Pretty basic, but if we try a new recipe I might include it
-Daily tasks/routines: Either chores or errands-most likely part of the to-do list
-Who we see: Pics of my parents, the dogs, my sister, etc
-What Victor is currently doing and into: This week it's eating his hands, for example
-Items from our daily lives: The 'stuff' that we use everyday
-Random thoughts: As an add on to this I might ask Dan a question per day and get him to answer it
There are probably others but that's what I'm thinking of right now. I might not do all of these either, I'm going to try and be flexible with the project too, because if it gets too restricting, I won't finish it. I will use this blog as a sort of 'catch all' during the week, maybe putting up photos, bullet points of journaling, whatever I can daily in order to keep me accountable. This is what I will use as the base of my album.
As for the the finished album itself, I'm still not 100% decided on what I should do. I think that in order to keep it simple (again), I should stick to the basics when it comes to the creative/aesthetic look of the album, otherwise it'll never get done (again, see projects above). Like Ali always says, the important part is the photos+words, so that'll be my main goal as well. I'm also really into clean, simple lines these days, without a ton of clutter (see my Pregnancy Photobook), so I think that I'll carry that over into this project. I'm also getting more and more into Photoshop and using it for things other than photo editing (like my blog banner above), so I may try to create photo collages/journaling + photo pages, ect. Ali's templates will be my inspiration, but I don't know if I'll follow them exactly.
Journaling: I suck at it, enough said. This is where the "fill in the blank" type journaling prompts/cards will really help me.