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What I learned from Ali Edwards’ A Week In the Life

Putting away some school supplies. The cleaners come the next morning so I spent some time doing laundry and picking up the house -- which was exactly what I was in the mood to do at this time.
Putting away some school supplies. The cleaners come the next morning so I spent some time doing laundry and picking up the house — which was exactly what I was in the mood to do at this time.

Have you been participating in A Week In the Life with Ali Edwards?

At the beginning of my lunch break on Tuesday (the second day) I got online and saw that she had started it so I grabbed my camera and decided to use it to motivate me to learn to take photos in this new house.

We’ve been here almost three years and I still had not found a photography routine here as of Tuesday morning.

I say, “as of Tuesday morning,” because by participating in the photo phase of A Week In the Life last week, I’m finally finding my way around this house with my camera. Every morning I started the day by looking at Ali’s photos, noticing how she aims or what she aims at, and then keeping that in mind as I went about my business.

So I want to share some of the things I learned from Ali along with several of my own photos.
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The Glimpse Concept – Paperclipping 282

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Maybe you have pictures like this description below and you’re just not sure whether to scrapbook them or walk away…

Your kiddo, your husband — just hanging around the house doing…not much really. They’re just there doing their usual thing like they always are, and always do.

It’s not a favorite photo, but it’s not a bad one. In fact you like seeing it on your computer, but what would you say about it?

“Here we are, hanging out. At home. As usual.”

Photos like this have always given me a bit of cognitive dissonance.

  • Is it worth a spot in my scrapbooks?
  • Is it worth a spot in my limited time to play with paper?

The logical answer usually seems like, no.

But then why can’t I walk away from this photo?

Have you experienced this, too?

Well, I’ve learned to trust my gut in situations like this when there is something nagging at me. We feel this way because there IS something more to these photos and it’s just not obvious. But it’s there.

It’s the compilation of things that make up your everyday life that are so all-encompassing for you that you don’t even notice them. But other people who don’t live your life — including your future you — WILL notice them.

So the answer is yes.

If a mundane, nothing-special photo stands out to you, gives you a bit of pleasure, and you have an emotional sense that you’d enjoy scrapbooking, even if you can’t find any logical reason why, then go for it!

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But what would you say about it on the page?

I’ve come up with a scrapbooking concept that reveals the value of your photo without you having to say straight out, “This is a special photo because it shows our everyday regular life, which is pretty much the same every day right now.”

I love this concept and I intend to use it a lot in the future, in addition to the three times that I used it already this week.

I shared it in the video that we just released today for the Paperclipping Members. I assembled all three layouts on camera, sharing three different design ideas for this concept.

Want to know what it is and how you can use it?

CLICK HERE for info about a membership!

Complete an Everyday Life Scrapbook – Paperclipping 213

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Recently someone told me they love it when I make pages about our big life changes, and I joked that I didn’t know how many more big changes we could handle making.

Then I started looking through my Everyday Life scrapbook album last week, and guess what I noticed? Lots and lots of pages about changes we’ve made, both big and small. And I learned something about Izzy and myself that I hadn’t fully realized before.

He and I both thrive on change. But that’s not what matters to you. What matters to you is this…

I would never have made that observation about us had I not separated my albums into topics or stories. By having an album that focuses specifically on everyday life, for example, you break your life down into a digestible section so you can actually see the patterns of your life that you didn’t realize were there.

Fourteen Prompts for Scrapbooking Everyday Life

Here are fourteen page prompts on scrapbooking the every day that come to my mind after working on my own album…

  1. Schedules
  2. Routines
  3. Things you do often
  4. Lens projects – ie. a focused look at a day or a week
  5. Meals or foods you eat
  6. Things you do daily, weekly, or monthly
  7. Places you visit regularly (coffee, shop, restaurants)
  8. What you do when you’re lounging around
  9. “Right Now” pages – what is everyone doing at this moment?
  10. Stuff you regularly find left out around the house
  11. Favorite TV shows
  12. Your exercise routine
  13. Your personality quirks
  14. Games you play a lot
  15. Typical weekends at home

The story of who we are when we’re the most real gets diluted when we surround everyday life layouts with the other types of layouts where our lives tend to be more dressed up.

I like to keep them separate so my scrapbooks can tell clear, defined stories.

Our Everyday Life

But whether you want to do that or not, you might enjoy the video we made related to this topic.

I’m finishing up my Everyday Life album this month and it’s had lots of problems. Basically, the viewing experience of this album was unpleasant for many reasons. On video I share my album with all its pages, along with all its problems and little ugh-lies.

But I also share my solutions and show you how I very quickly modified the album into one I now really enjoy and am excited about. I make an intro page on video, start to finish, as well.

This video is for the Paperclipping Members and is now available in the Member’s Area and on iTunes.

If you’re not a member, please click here for information!

Shine On,
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To move forward in the Play Along: Finish an Album, click here: Do Page Titles Really Matter?