Big Picture Classes. It's called 31 Things (click the link to read more about it) and it's basically about getting you to write detailed stories about everyday life and objects/subjects that we don't always give in-depth information about - especially when we're scrapbooking. One month of daily prompts, like jewelry, chores and drink, to give me a chance to really tell the story of everyday stuff in my life. Sounds cool to me! So I signed up. In an effort to not get overly redundant with all of these 'everyday' scrappy projects, I felt relieved about my decision to not to do a family Week in the Life (at this time, this year) and focus on the kids.
I began thinking about what would make this Week in the Life process simpler for me. My first thought was to pre-make the albums - very similar to a Scrapbook on the Road. You already know how fond I am of Ali, right? Her classes are amazing and I refer back to them often! This class is no exception. With that class in mind (and my SOTR mini in front of me), I dug through my stash and quickly chose color schemes for a mini for Morgan + one for Parker. While everything was laid out, I went through my embellishments and added other small goodies to my piles, like buttons, tags, envelopes and chipboard pieces. I found a 6x6 Maya Road chipboard binder album that I have not used yet and removed 4 of the interior chipboard pages to use as covers for each mini. Threw a couple silver binder rings in for each book and I'm good to go. After the week is over and I have time to work on editing photos, printing and putting it together, I know the base is done and ready to fill! Right now, I do not plan on working on it daily next week.
Here is a glimpse of what I've collected for Morgan - lots of pink, naturally :
- favorites : books, toys, tv shows/movies, games, activities, food + snacks...
- their bedrooms : real shots of those messy, played-in rooms plus some detailed shots of my favorite wall art, their bedding, the contents of their dresser drawers + closets. I will probably make note of what size clothing and shoes each is wearing.
- their typical routine/rhythm of the day : their days are pretty much the same, for the most part, but worth documenting as these will be individual albums.
- loves + hates : bath time, nap/quiet time, diaper changes, car rides, sitting down for a meal, the whole bit. Every day, real life stuff.
- things they are saying + doing : especially the funny stuff. This is such a great age to document that!
- their relationship with each other : I am blessed that this brother + sister pair get along great, 99% of the time. I'm not sure how that will change or stay the same in the future but I really want to capture this now.
- ephemera : clippings of artwork, coloring pages, activity sheets (or school lessons as Morgan likes to call them), boxes + wrappers from their favorite foods, receipts from things purchased for them (like I am already, coincidentally, planning on getting them both haircuts next week). Same kind of stuff I'd be saving for a family Week in the Life album.
Are you participating in Week in the Life next week? I'd love to hear your plans or process as you prepare for the big week - or link me up if you've blogged about it.