I started getting into documenting Week in the Life 2016.
I’ve taken a few days to think about how I want to document and refer back to examples I’ve liked in the past. I’ve thought about what works and doesn’t work for me. I decided to attempt a more streamlined approach so that the assembly doesn’t take me too long.
I planned on using the 2015 WITL kit from Ali Edward’s. I’ve had the pieces out and sorted the journal cards. I had all the embellishments out again and played around with what I want to do. I really have a hard time with kits. I think kits stifle me a bit? I start to try to fit the photos and stories into the kit and that just does not work for me. So while I hope to use pieces of the kit, I am setting it aside for now and not getting to hung up on it.
I was going through my photos, daily sheets, written notes, blue prints and Day One journaling. I needed a way to bring it all to one place to plan the album. There are way more interesting, colorful and technically savvy ways to do this. For me, it’s graph paper and a pencil. To make it a little fun, I tried out my various new pencils from around the world.
I started with a list of the photos. This was easy just scrolling through my iPhone. I already had started editing photos, so that was one thing somewhat done.
Then I listed the stories. I took this from my blog posts, daily sheets, and any other iPhone notes or Day One entries I made. I tried to remember to go back and check all the places I use to take notes.
I left space to add other notes, which could be to remember screenshots, or text chains.
Also where it applied I tried to fill in the senses or list them as they pertain to the day.
Because of the 6×8 size of the album, I think it’s worth mapping it out a bit more than if I was just adding page protectors to my regular larger album. I sketched the page protectors out and added numbers to slots. Then I went back through the photos and numbered them to correlate to where they should go in the layouts.
As I expected, the week starts out with more photos and gradually lightens up. Monday was my most typical, routine day, and the day I took more notes, so I am ok with there being more layouts for that day. As I was going through each day, I was surprised at how many photos and stories I did have documented.
I feel like writing and sketching all of this out is going to save me a lot of time when assembling begins, and prevent printing photos with wrong orientation or size.
Generally, I prefer a go-with-the-flow style of scrapping, but for the 6×8 album I think a little more planning and structure is going to work better.
Next on the list is deciding what digital elements (if any) will go on the photos.
How are you doing with WITL album/layouts?
Do you plan out layouts with notes and sketches or use software? Or do you just make it up as you go along?