My Week in the Life Mini Album

Week in the Life

I know you probably think of me as a jewelry designer and teacher, but I also have other creative things I like to do.  So I’ve been sharing things like my art journal and nature journal here on Fridays.

A couple of weeks ago I shared how I was preparing my Week In The Life mini album.  Well, a couple of weeks later, I have the completed mini album…but it’s quite different than how I started.

Here’s a video that I show you some of the details of the album and give you some tips if you want to make your own album:

Originally, I thought I was going to use this little 4″ x 6″ album.

Week in the Life Mini Album

I got it all ready and added in some extra pages for more journaling.  As I went through my week I kept the album with me (it was easy because it was so small) and made notes about what we were doing and things like that.

When the week was over, I realized I had a lot more photos than would fit in this album.  (I took photos all week, but had them printed when the week was over.)

So I either had to cut out a lot of photos or come up with another plan.  I decided to keep all the photos because it’s not often that I such a detailed record of a week in my life.  (In fact, I’ve never done that before!)

Week in the Life

I came up with this mini album that I put together myself.  I used rings on the side and just punched holes in the photos to match the holes that were already punched in the pages from the original album.  I created a front and back cover, added a tie and was done.

Week in the Life

For the covers, I used 2 4″ x 6″ Project Life cards adhered together for each cover.  I glued the lace in between the two cards so I could tie the album closed.

Week in the Life

For the photos, I organized the order and separated by day and then adhered backs together so that when you flip through you don’t see the back of the photos. (Do the adhering first before punching holes so you make sure to get everything going the right way.)

Each day has journaling cards with all the details of the day, ephemera from the day and then the photos.

Week in the Life

I love how the album turned out and now I still have the original album to use for something else.

My Week In The Life Mini Album

Hopefully this has inspired you to try something new!  Maybe you don’t want to make an actual album, but it could still be fun to document a week or even just a day in your life.  I thought my life wasn’t that exciting, but even just a week or so afterwards when my husband and I were looking at the album we couldn’t believe all the stuff we actually did do.

Week In the Life Mini Album – Getting Ready

Week in the Life Mini Album

I know you probably think of me as a jewelry designer and teacher, but I also have other things I like to do.  So I’ve been sharing things like my art journal and nature journal here on Fridays.

I’m excited about a project I’ll be doing next week!  It’s called Week In The Life and you can read more about it over here on Ali Edwards’s website.

We so often miss all the everyday parts of our lives.  So Week In The Life is a way of capturing a week in your life, right now, how it is.

How this started for me:

I am a long time scrapbooker.  (I started in 4th grade!!!  Those scrapbooks weren’t what we think of scrapbooking now, but I did gather memorabilia and photos and put them in albums.)  I kind of stopped for several years.  But then I found out about pocket pages and I’ve been obsessed with pocket page scrapping this year.

So when I was recently in a Goodwill store and they were having a 50% off sale, I found a few albums.  I found this 4″ x 6″ mini album for $0.97!

Week in the Life Mini Album

And I got it for half off…so less than 50 cents!

I got it even though I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with it.  I’ve been pocket page scrapping and this doesn’t have pocket pages.

Then I found out about WITL by Ali Edwards and knew it would be perfect!  I didn’t really even read the cover when I bought it, but isn’t it perfect?

Here’s a video of me flipping through the album showing you what I added for this project:

Next week is a weird week for me.  Well, weird in a way, but not so abnormal, either really, so at first I thought it was a bad week to do the Week In The Life project, but I decided to go for it anyway.

Week in the Life Mini Album

Since I’m kind of obsessed with pocket page scrapbooking and have a lot of Project Life cards, I added some into my mini album.  As I showed you in my art journal, I love different sizes in my books.  I find it inspires me much more to see the different sizes and patterns.

Week in the Life Mini Album

Week in the Life Mini Album

I love that this album has pockets in the front and back.  I have some extra cards there now, but I can collect my memorabilia in them as I go through my week.

My Plan:

1.  My album is a blank canvas ready to go.  As I showed you in the video, I plan to use the 4″ x 6″ cards as dividers for each day and I have now stamped each day on them (Monday, Tuesday, etc.)  I plan to document my day as I go through it and keep my album with me, almost like you might a journal or something similar so I can write down everything that I do.

Ali has some really helpful downloadable PDFs to help you keep track of what you do all day for a week, which I thought of using, but I think I’ll just go ahead and put stuff right in the album as I go.

2.  I’m going to collect receipts and stuff along the way.  I’m planning on just adhering it right in my album each night so it’s easier to keep straight, but that may change.  Typically I like to see an entire layout before I commit to adhering things down, but I think I want to take this project more like a smash book or something.  I want to get the stuff in there as quickly as possible.

3.  After the week is over, I’ll get the photos printed and I’ll add them in the book by punching holes in them and making them their own pages.  I will probably adhere them back to back so there aren’t blank sides to them or I might add some to patterned paper or journaling cards so the backs aren’t blank.

4.  Then I’ll embellish and it will be done.  I’m trying to just give myself only an additional week to complete it.  I’ve said it here and in the video, so hopefully I’ll be done and be able to show you how it went.

I’m curious, do I have any scrapbookers here?  Is anyone else doing WITL?

UPDATE:  See my completed album here.  (It turned out quite differently than I intended.)

Business Plan Scrapbook eWorkshop

Here’s me trying to tell you about my all new eWorkshop:

I’m so very excited to share this brand new eWorkshop with you:  Business Plan Scrapbook eWorkshop.

I have been in business for years, and for years I have written a business plan because that’s what they told me to do.  I had a template (a lot of which didn’t particularly make sense to me) and filled it out the best I could.

I printed it, put it in a file folder and filed it away, never to be seen again.

What’s the point of that, really?  I didn’t need a loan, I wasn’t going for government grants and I wasn’t looking for investors.  Why did I need a business plan?  Well, I obviously didn’t get it back then.

I would revise it maybe one or so a year, and then return it to its folder.

Until last year when I had a realization:  I wasn’t using the business plan because I didn’t create it for me to use.  I created it for someone else to use, except no one else really needed to use it.  I did.

I thought about what would make me want to look at it and use it more often.  It had to have sections that were helpful to me.  It had to be cute.  It had to be something I would actually want to look at – not a boring word doc on my computer or in a file folder.

Then I had a brilliant idea:  Paper bag scrapbook!  It would be fun to make and it has tons of pockets to stash stuff in.

Some parts I still printed on my computer, but I then glued it and embellished the heck out of it.

Guess what?  I used my business plan last year.  I checked in with who my target market was, I followed my promotions.  Etc.

Now I want to show you how to do this.

Business Plan Scrapbook eWorkshop 3

This is for you if:

  • You’re a creative type who doesn’t find it fun to plug a bunch of info into a document;
  • You don’t need to show your business plan to anyone for funding (they are particular about business plans.  This isn’t a plan that will help you with that!)
  • You want to make your vision for your business clearer.
  • You want to grow your business.
  • You love to craft!

This is a self-paced, work at your own speed workshop, which includes videos of how to actually make the scrapbook and PDF sheets to help you with the business plan part of it.

You’ll get:

  • PDF worksheets to work out your business plan.
  • Then you get video tutorials to learn how to make a paper bag scrapbook.
  • A PDF with everything and access to the eWorkshop site that also has everything that you can access anytime.

Business Plan Scrapbook eWorkshop

How it works:

When you purchase the eWorkshop, you’ll receive a PDF with everything you need to log in and gain access to the eWorkshop site!

If you have ANY questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact me:

Click Here to learn more and purchase.

Getting Started With Scrapbooks: Traditional & Digital

Getting Started with Scrapbooks Round Up!

Traditional Scrapbooking

I did a Simple Guide for creating a traditional scrapbook.  Here are the steps:


Step #1 Organizing Photos

Scrapbook Step 2

Step #2 Getting Supplies Together

Scrapbook Cover page Layout

Step #3 Cover Page Creating a Great Cover Page

Traditional Scrapbook Tutorial

Step #4 Creating Layouts

Alternative Scrapbook Materials

Learn about Alternative Scrapbook Materials

Paper Clip Embellishment Tutorial


DIY Scrapbook Embellishment tutorials:

Embellished Brads Tutorial

Paper Clip Embellishments

Button Brad Video Tutorial

Tag Video Tutorial

Cute Flower Tutorial



Journaling (general)

Journal Prompts – Travel

100 Journal Prompts – Yourself

Journal Prompts – Wedding

Woodward Cave Digital Scrapbook Page

Digital Scrapbooking:

I have My Memories Suite and LOVE it!  I use it mostly for making things for my blog and to create cute images to add to my videos, too.  However, I am currently working on a wedding book with it.  Why am I making 2 different books – one traditional and one digital?  Because once the digital book is done, I can have it printed multiple times for our family members!

Here’s How to Make the Most out of the MyMemories software

Benefits of Digital Scrapbooking:

1.  You don’t have to keep supplies on hand.  All of your supplies are on your computer.

2.  You don’t have to wait to get your photos printed or remember to print your photos, you use them digitally and they are on your computer just like your digital scrapbooking software is!

3.  If you get started and realize you need something, you can instantly download it.  You don’t have to go to the store!

4.  I think it’s quicker, but you can get pretty complex with it.

5.  You can use your digital scrapbook software to make other things, too!

Want to give it a try?  Get $10 off the MyMemories software plus an additional $10 off to use in the store with this code: STMMMS70060 

Alternative Scrapbook Materials

Alternative Scrapbook Materials

Walk into the craft supply store’s scrapbooking section – or better yet, a scrapbook supply store (if you’re lucky enough to have one!) and you can become overwhelmed by all the options pretty quickly.

This is what happens to me when I want through the commercial supply aisles:

  • So cute!  I think I could make that!
  • Wow, that paper looks just like old book pages, I love it, I’ll buy it.  (Wait a minute, I have tons of old books…..)
  • Wow, that paper looks just like dictionary pages, French/English dictionary, sheet music, etc….
  • Cute flowers.  (Again, I could make that!)
  • Sweet brads with buttons!  (Yep, again…..)

You get the idea.

Frankly, I would buy every single piece of flowery and steampunky (I know that doesn’t make sense at all together, but that is me) paper they have.  I have been know to purchase books of scrapbook paper without any idea in mind of what I am going to do with it.

I heart scrapbook paper.

However, for most every other supply – I make them.

Even though I do love commercial scrapbook paper, I do use other options in my scrapbooks and other paper crafts, too.  Here are some ideas: IMG_3529

Alternatives to Traditional Scrapbook Paper:

  • Pages from old children’s picture books (perfect for scrapping your kids/grandkids or photos and memories from your childhood.)
  • Dictionary pages (choose special words that go with the meaning of the page)
  • Encyclopedia pages (I especially love those black and white drawings!  Again, choose pages with special meaning.)
  • Photocopy children’s artwork for a great background page.
  • Use one of your own photos – but edit it or copy it so it’s black and white or faded and use it for a background.
  • Put wrapping paper from your graduation, birthday, wedding, etc. on card stock to make it sturdy.
  • Maps, especially for vacation or travel layouts.  Use maps of where you were.
  • Newspaper – especially of a particular event.
  • Any paper that’s special to you, really!

I know what you are thinking.  This list isn’t acid free.  I understand.  You have 2 options:  Make books that aren’t meant to last forever OR try Krylon Make it Acid Free!

I just discovered this and haven’t even had a chance to try it yet.  I have read all kinds of reviews and everyone is loving it.  Basically, spray it on your paper and it neutralizes the acids in your paper, slows the aging process and keeps paper from becoming brittle.  (Make sure you use it in a well ventilated area like you would spray paint!)

This also allows you to keep your suveniors, ticket stubs, maps, pamphlets safe in your scrapbook.

Tassel Tutorial

Alternative Embellishment Ideas:

  • Button Brad DIY
  • Paperclip Embellishment DIY
  • Flowers DIY
  • Old sewing patterns (I use this to make flowers quite often!)
  • Other Brad Embellishments
  • Use any little bits of paper you get of days/places you want to remember:  Ticket stubs, receipts, paper menus, wrist bands.
  • Those little metal museum tags you get when you visit a museum.
  • Make your own tags.
  • Look for things like ribbon and lace either at yard sales (I got a lifetime supply of beautiful lace at a yard sale), on sale at fabric stores or even at craft stores – get it from NOT the scrapbook section because you’ll get more of it for significantly less.
  • I paint backgrounds in my scrapbooks quite often.  You could use acrylic or watercolors.
  • You can use any of the papers I listed above on a smaller scale to embellish your layouts.
  • Playing cards.
  • Strange things you find such as I was given a huge collection of unused vintage cardboard milk tags – I will either use as they are, or cover them up and make them even cuter!
  • Old keys
  • Scrabble tiles
  • Buttons
  • Tassels DIY
  • Charms that would normally be used for jewelry making. (Make sure they’re flat)
  • Feathers (faux feathers.  If you use real feather you have found, make sure to clean and treat them first.)
  • Really any craft supply you may have.
  • Anything that is flat (ish) and will either compliment your layout or is an important memory you want to preserve.

alternative scrapbook materials

Once you decide to use alternative materials, you start to find ideas everywhere!  Just look around!

Do you use any materials that are not “normally” considered scrapbooking supplies in your scrapbook layouts?