week in the life | beginnings

This Week in the Life project is being brought to you by all the fun little items in my stash. No new purchases were made to create the journal documenting a week of our {extra}ordinary life.

I believe that the mini album is from a travel themed line by Making Memories and the 6x6 paper pad was won on Christina's blog and is by Sassafrass. I don't know yet what my plan for the front cover will be, but I have some time to think about it.

I created some word art, similar to what you can find here, personalizing it with our names. Yes, I included Zach even though he's not here. I'm just not ready yet to let go. And no, his last name is not Wright, but he is part of the Wright family!

Each day of the week has an intro page designed with a page from the 6x6 paper pad and some stray letter stickers. I really tried to use up some leftovers and had to search for sets that had all the letters I needed!

I designed the journaling page, too, and made sure that there was room for a photo to peek out to the right of the daily intro page, which is blank...so there are lots of possibilities there. We did not see Zach on Sunday, but I was downloading and editing photos from the trip Mom and I took to the Chicago area to see him graduate from Navy Boot Camp, so his photo became the focus for Sunday.

He's already an E3 {due to his ASVAB scores and Physical Training scores} and has two service ribbons AND he'll be an E4 by November. As you might be able to tell, Zach had a hard time trying to be stern and military-like as I was asking for poses, but I am sure in time smiles in uniform will be rare.

I cut down a business card holder page protector and punched some new holes to fit into my 2-ring album. I had some letter sized photo paper on hand and decided to resize all my photos to 2x3.50, print them on one page, trim them and place them inside the slots - front and back.

Thinking that I may embellish further with some journaling on top of the page protector.

On an impromptu trip to Knoxville to exchange my MacBook Air for the new, upgraded version, the girls voted to eat at P.F. Chang's and we did not disagree! They loved it and eating with the kid-sized chop sticks was a huge highlight of their day. I added half of a Top Note die cut to reinforce the edge of the glassine bag where I punched the holes.

Hoping that I'll have some time today to get my journaling transferred into my album and begin making a few more decisions about the front cover, inside cover and how I want to tell our story. I don't have quite as many photos as I'd like, but may take some and add them in on appropriate days even though they weren't taken on that specific day. I don't have a problem with that at all...who will know a year from now? Just me {wink, wink}.

More to come tomorrow. How is your Week in the Life project progressing?


  1. This is just lovely --- I had decided not to do Week In the Life this year because I am doing Project Life -- but your book makes me want to reconsider!! I may have to choose a random week in August -- thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Great start to your album. I love all the different alphas! It's going well for me. Just pics and writing so far. You've definitely given me ideas for the album part! Thanks!

  3. As always, Monika, you are such an inspiration!! I love this little book . . . I bought everything to do WITL, then backed out on it. Having a rough go right now, and didn't feel like I had much to document. But I so love that you're using what you have (rather than collecting more, like me!) and that you've made this into what you love -- mini albums. I think that was part of my roadblock -- not really liking the setup, but not feeling inspired enough to do my own thing. You are so very good at that! :) I just might have to do a week in August, as well.

  4. Monika,

    I am participating too! Maybe we should have gotten everyone on The Twinery DT involved. :o)

    Love your base pages and how you're all ready with the scrapbooking part and can just focus on journaling and photo-taking. Looking forward to seeing your completed album!

    Grace Hester

  5. awesome as always... you have a way with the mini albums!

  6. i wish i could make albums the way you do! seriously, you're a genius at them!


  7. Oh Monika, How I LOVE this project of yours!
    You are such a HUGE inspiration for all of us!
    Please, do show it again when it's all finished ;-)

    It's absolutely beautiful already!
    Thank you.

  8. Love your mini! I documented the words, took lots of pics, but I'm no where near ready to put it all together in an album yet :) Can't wait to see how yours turns out!!

  9. Love it-so cute-I have the large size of those papers and I just wasn't sure what to do with them....now the wheels are turning.
    I think I might do a week in the life this coming week. Never tried to before!

  10. you never cease to amaze me. i love how your brain thinks :)


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