Day in the Life – 03.29.16

It’s done! Day in the Life took place on Tuesday and I put the final touches on my PL pages in the wee hours last night. To say it’s been a whirlwind is an understatement, but a good one. I am so proud of myself for showing up and just getting it done. 

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I ended up with 55 pictures of my day and made the decision early on that I wanted to include all of them. I just needed to figure out how to do it. 

After picking up my prints on Thursday, I quickly laid them all out and decided I would make four 2-page 12×12 spreads. I couldn’t get back to it until Saturday, so of course I started second guessing that decision. A few people posted their final DITL projects in the Craft Your Story with Ali Edwards group on FB and I really liked the idea of using inserts, so I thought I might give that a try. 

Unfortunately, I seems I am insert challenged, as I came to discover Saturday morning. I do have different sized page protectors in a few different orientations, but nothing that would allow me to include all the pics I’d taken, orientated as I’d taken them. Inserts were no go. 

I spent much of Saturday morning pondering what to do and finally decided to move forward with my original idea. Plan in hand, I opted to keep everything simple (photos and words, minimal embellishment) using only what was in Ali’s DITL kit. This would ensure all the pages told a cohesive story, but were set apart from the rest of my PL album. 

I did briefly consider adding in some journaling cards from my stash, but once I figured out how the words were going to make their way on the page, I no longer needed any additional filler. There were two stories that took more room to tell than was available on the front of a journaling card. I wrote both on the back of the card and added Post-It Filing Tabs so they can be pulled out and read as needed. I also supplemented Ali’s kit with some Twine & Ink puffy sticker dots (and yes, I am sure that is the technical name for them) in matching colors, white card stock, and a star punch. Oh, and a couple of Ali Edwards stamps as headers on my journaling cards. 

I would say all four layouts took about 6 hours to complete. The time stamp stars and the journaling were the most time consuming.

I really enjoyed documenting my day and I am beyond thrilled with how it all came together. Check it out below. 

DITL Layout # 1       

DITL Layout #2      

DITL Layout #3       

DITL Layout #4         

Page Construction Notes

  • Becky Higgins Design A Page Protectors
  • Ali Edwards Day in the Life Kit
  • Twine and Ink Puffy Dot Stickers
  • White card stock
  • Post-It Filing Tabs – 2 inch 
  • Ali Edwards Photos Stamp
  • Ali Edwards Storytelling Class Kit Stamp

Day in the Life – 3.29.16 – Night

The final installment of my DITL story. 

8:05 PM – Some days you just need ice cream before bed. The Flavor Burst cones 4 Queens Dairy Cream are the best! The girls get black cherry and I score a butter pecan. Jason is boring and gets a chocolate cone.     

 8:25 PM – A little down time before bed. Sophie’s playing Pirate 101 and Ella is making her way through Avengers: Age of Ultron for the 5th or 6th time.   

8:26 PM – Gus sure likes to pretend he’s fierce, but he loves to cuddle and use his humans as furniture. 

8:35 PM – Water cups and laundry in hand, it’s time to head up to bed. There may have been a stern warning to forego reading in favor of sleep.  

9:07 PM – Jason is taking a short nap before work, the girls are in bed, and I am working on editing some of the day’s photos. Oh, and acting as couch for Gus. Doesn’t he look adorable? Yeah, don’t let that fool you. He will hiss at me if I try to move, so I am essentially trapped until he decides to be done lounging on me.  

10:18 PM – It’s time for Jason to head to work for the night. As you can see, he allowed me one final picture. Doesn’t he look thrilled? Come to think of it, the Ella apple did not fall far from this tree right here.  

10:19 – The cats are banished to the basement every night  (the door to the girls’ bedroom stays closed during the day but I prefer to have it open at night. And since Gus will either mark Ella’s bed or snuggle Sophie awake at 5:00 AM if the cats are allowed upstairs, to the basement they all go). Three of the cats have accepted this fate. Dante, alas, has not. He will paw at the basement door and loudly sing the song of his people. All with the misguided hope that, somehow, someway, the door will magically open for him…. 

 10:21 PM – …but we’ve taken to latching it and his hopes are dashed. 

 10:23 PM – Alarm is set.  

 10:25 – Time to get ready for bed. It’s been a long day and this is calling my name.  

10:27 – My contacts come out first, then I wash and moisturizer my face and brush my teeth.  

10:41 – One last drink of H2o.   

 10:45 – Changing into bedclothes for the night and a vigorous back scratch is required. Yes, I own a back scratcher. I don’t mess around.  

11:00 PM – Even I like a little downtime before bed, usually with a good book. Tonight, it was Melody Grace’s Heartbreaker. 

11:15 PM – Lights out and good night.   

That’s it for March’s edition of Day in the Life. I had fun documenting my day and am looking forward to figuring out how to make it all work in my PL 2016 with Ali Edwards’ colorful kit. My pics are printed, I just need to find the time to play. I’ll be sure to post my layouts when they’re finished.