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Hello Week in the Life™ 2017!

Annette Haring

Excited to be joining in with Ali Edwards in documenting a regular week in our life again this year.

The "official" week is April 17-23, 2017. But you can do this project whenever works best for you. 

I thought it would be fun to share a peek at what I'm doing to prepare this year, so I put together a video. The kit is from Ali Edwards, and I'm using the grey striped album. You can find that here.

 

I'm excited to get documenting and creating this year. And no, I haven't finished 2016 yet. It's in process and I have a video to share soon walking through where I am with that project too. 

A few thoughts about this year:

  • For me, it's okay if I haven't finished last year's project. Memory keeping for me is about living in the moment and embracing that I rarely finish when "everyone else" does helps me continue to find joy in my hobby and goal to notice the goodness in my everyday life. 
  • I really like that Ali has these kits. It makes it so much easier as my life just seems to get busier. I also like that Ali's designs are simple enough they can be used in different years and it all works out beautifully. Again, check out the 2017 Week in the Life™ supplies from Ali Edwards here.
  • I really want a new camera lens. And a new camera. But it's likely not going to happen. I may try to rent a wide angle again. For me, playing with the photography is a joy. But it can also get overwhelming as I play with a new lens and take way more photos than I need for this project. So, I think I'm just going to use what I have. Currently I have my very old Canon Rebel T1i and primarily I use a Canon 24mm 2.8 "pancake" lens. It's super light and small so I can take this with me just about anywhere. I will also be using my iPhone 6plus and my Instax camera. 
  • I really love Ali's preparation post here. I particularly like her ideas of focusing on something each day. I may go back and do something similar. One year I focused each main photo on a particular time of day, so my goal for capturing at least one "big photo" was made easier because I had a time to focus on it. Instead of feeling like I needed my big camera out taking photos of everything all the time. Feeling that something like this makes sense to me again this year. 
  • I really hope I can get my office cleaned up a bit before this project. It's a hot hot mess right now! 
  • I won't be sharing on Instagram or Facebook this year as I'm doing "100 Days of Living Hands Free" for my 100 Day Project. But my goal is that by doing this I might actually keep feeling inspired to blog and might actually finish? who knows! But so far I'm really liking this project and the fact that I wiped the dust off the blog and posted today. Find our more about the 100 Day Project here.
  • I'm excited to explore what life looks like in our new home and city this year. I think capturing that will be a focus of mine. And maybe inspire us to get out and explore our town too.
  • In the video I share that the white numbers are from the "Numbers" Story Kit™, which was a theme for a monthly kit of story-crafting supplies from Ali Edwards. You can find information about Ali's Story Kits™ here. 
  • In the video I also share what I'm hoping to use for tracking my Week in the Life™ by using the Pocket Page Notebook. You can find information about this innovative new notebook here. I'll share more about it as I get using it. Very excited about this tool.
  • Excited to get capturing and crafting our everyday life! Enjoy your WITL!
**edited to update this important thought about my WITL plans: I am definitely making plans to use Persnickety Prints for all my printing. Planning to do a post about this soon. Suffice to say, looking back at my past projects has helped me gain some clarity regarding the print at home versus sending out to print dilemma. And yes, so far Persnickety Prints is the clear winner. Find out more about them here.
**edited to also add I am pretty sure I'm going to focus on "A Week in the Life of Me" after reading Ali's post and having a change in our family's plans. Instead of skipping it, I'm going to embrace having a few days to myself and see what my life looks like right now. I'm excited!

 

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To find out more about Week in the Life™ please check out Ali Edwards here.

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Hello December Goodness Foundation Pages! (a December Daily®-ish Album)

Annette Haring

December Daily® is about celebrating the season, finding the joy, and being thankful for all the blessings we have in our lives.
— Ali Edwards

December Daily® is a project created by Ali Edwards to celebrate December by capturing one story per day for the first 25 days of December. You can find information about it here.

I have completed two out of six December Daily® projects so far. Not too bad for a busy mom that often has December be the busiest time of year work-wise as well.  The others are in various stages of "hopefully getting completed someday" and while I am fine with that for now, I really do hope to complete more than I have incomplete. 

And yes, sometimes life just throws you curve balls and there isn't really any way to complete them at the time. 

And that's okay too. (which is what happened last year.)

Well, I actually have more than two finished if you count my two little photobooks from Artifact Uprising created on my phone using the Collect App + AU. Click here to find out more about Artifact Uprising. Click here to find out more about the Collect App. 

For an older video of mine showing how to export photos in your Collect App, click here. I'm hoping to share more about the process of creating my photo books but this will give you some more information in the meantime. 

And I've captured the month of December in my Project Life® so I do have things to look back on to help me finish up. And thankfully I take lots of photos, so I have those as well.

So as I unpacked my books this year in the big move, I started looking through my albums and it made me realize that I do tend to complete more of the album in the years I have a plan.

I do best when I have an idea of where my photos and journaling will go. And when I have some foundation pages and templates set up in advance. 

So this year, the December Daily® magic hit me earlier than usual and I've been adding things here  and there to my foundation pages.

My main goal is to keep it simple and use things that spark my joy. Simple as that. 

So here's a video sharing pages that I have in progress right now. Things will change as I get a chance to add the photos, words and finishing touches. (Bring on the glitter!)

But the main thing that stood out to me as I walked through the album was the idea of building. For me this is a process. It's about building in flexibility but also building a framework / a foundation so I have an starting place.

And it gets me excited about the process and is a creative retreat for me when life gets stressful and busy. Even if all I do is walk by my album and touch some supplies, it calms me. The act of slowing down and thinking about how thankful I am for my family and the focus on living our story first helps me make my interactions with my family more intentional and loving. At least I hope it does.

Anyways, here's a video walkthrough. I have pictures to post but that would take actually editing them and getting them up. So, for now a video will have to do.

 

 

And one last thought: one of my favorite things about the project is the idea that by crafting the story, it inspires me to live my story. It may seem crazy to prepare this early, but I find it really helps me to plan activities that are meaningful to us and live more in the moment.

Thanks for watching and for your support. And thanks Ali for creating a wonderful project and community. xoxo