Sometimes the stars align and you come up with a great idea. This happened to me last week. The Ali Edwards 2018 Week in the Life memory keeping kit became available. I purchased the kit thinking I would use it for something. My kit arrived a couple of days later and it hit me: I’ll use the kit to document spring break. Our spring break is super low key as we went to Disney Land a couple of weeks ago. So this week is just my son and I hanging out. I thought it was the perfect opportunity to capture our time together.
Now, thanks to my experience with her December Daily project, I knew I would do better with this project if I had everything set up before hand. All I would have to do is journal and add final decorating touches as the week went on. I decided to share this set up with you. You can see the full flip through on YouTube. But here are my supplies as well as some of the techniques I used.
Week in the Life Memory Keeping Supplies:
The Ali Edwards kit came with a lot of supplies to help document the week. I loved everything that was included. In the video, I forgot to include the stamp set so here it is. I love it and have already incorporated it with my other planner/memory keeping stamp sets.
The kit included the following:
- 3″ Cork Numbers
- 5″ to 5.5″ Days of the week transparencies
- 3” x 4” Single-sided journal cards, including one per day to record what you loved
- 4” x 6” Single-sided journal cards, one for everyday of the week to record the events in more detail
- 1 Timeline Notepad to include an even more detailed breakdown of the days/day
- Chipboard shape sheet
- 1 Phrase sticker sheet
- 6 Rubber shapes with different sayings
- 7 Small wood veneer shapes
- 6 Plastic shapes (hexagons)
- 1 Puffy Sticker Sheet
In addition to this kit, I used a Project Life Kiwi Edition scrapbook kit to supplement. I purchased this kit on sale from Zulily. My binder is a 6” x 8” Simple Stories binder purchased off of Amazon.
For my pocket pages, I used a variation of pages I had lying around. I used Project Life, Studio Calico, and even Ali Edwards brand pocket pages. All three of these brands have high quality pocket pages meaning your cards aren’t going to try and slip out. I also cut up some We R Memory Keepers pocket pages I had, specifically the 12” x 6” pages that add a fun element when included in the middle of the layout. It works like a dutch door allowing for additional journaling while maintaining cohesiveness within the layout.
I may add more elements as I go, including using additional stamp sets or quotes.
For my photos, I’ll be using my Canon Selphy and my HP Sprocket. I love my sprocket because of the convenience but the Selphy allows me to print pictures other than the 2” x 3” sized Sprocket pictures.
Tips and Tricks
As mentioned before, I am better able to scrapbook/journal if everything is setup before hand. I did the basic layouts I wanted with some decorating so that I can just add the journaling/documenting. I alluded to this being a bit of a last minute decision so I am already halfway through documenting and it has been great. I’ve been adding pictures and more decorative elements as needed.
But I digress (I’ll show you the final project once complete), I wanted to share some of my layout tips and tricks that I have incorporated.
- I’ve glued the cork numbers and the day of the week transparencies to the outside of the pocket for more visual interest and to add texture to the layouts
- For any additional hole punching I needed, I just used my Crop-a-dile. Super quick and easy as I don’t have to fiddle around with hole puncher parts and settings.
- For the pocket pages that I adjusted, I just covered the existing holes with a neutral washi tape and then punched the holes I wanted with the Crop-a-dile
- I also incorporated some extra 3” x 4” pockets from Project Life. They are supposed to be added using the Fuse Tool (or the Project Life version of the Fuse Tool). I was limited in time so all I did was glue the pages down with double-sided tape (there is a border at the top of the pocket), and then I covered the tape portion up with the same neutral washi tape I’d used before.
I am planning on sharing the final, finished project with you on YouTube. So make sure to keep your eyes open for the flip through.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out in the comments. I do check them regularly. If you have any additional tips and tricks for me, I’d love to hear them. Anything to make life a little easier! Thank you for following along!