BRACE YOURSELVES, I WRITE NOVELS.... I know it seems a little early, being only August, but I am already planning my Week in the Life project for this year. You may remember that I posted about it in 2015. (this is based on the project that Ali Edwards runs, though she has moved her project to a different time in the year - some may have already completed it for 2017.) I completed that album in April-ish of 2016, and ended up with something like 30 layouts for one week. I decided I didn't want to repeat it for 2016. It was one of my goals for this year, planning to do this project again. I've been putting my thoughts together already. I am putting this up, to give you all a chance to think about it, and determine if you want to do it along with me again. This project is so different for every person... what works for me, may not work for you. What you do, may inspire me to do something different. I had every intention last time to use Sahlin Studio's "everyday routine" collection, but ended up going with the November BYOC instead for many pages. I scrapped sooooooo many different aspects of our lives that year. It was a lot of work, and I LOVE the outcome. I think part of that work is why I decided I wasn't ready to repeat it for 2016. This year, I feel like our lives have transitioned enough to make this album so different, and yet so much the same. so... my final 2015 album pages have all been pinned to THIS BOARD if you want to see what all went into my album, in one place. MOST of my layouts were done here at the pad and can be found in my gallery, but there's a lot of other pages to sift through. This year, I definitely plan to do a few things differently. 1) include borders, so I can easily put into a bound book when I'm done, if I want. I'll just know to do that going into it, rather than being stuck without the choice at the end. 2) more of my family's words, not just my own. My album that year was very much all about ME, and MY feelings/thoughts, etc. I want more of my husband and kids in this one. 3) I want a more cohesive look than what I ended up with last go-round... so I will be sticking (as best I can) to two different MPM collections: Viewpoint, and Foundation. My "theme" for this year is sort of "travelogue" inspired, so I think these two collections will work very well for that. I also wanted the option to do some app scrapping, so the pocket style will be lovely. Some thoughts on where I plan to go with this year's project: travel guide inspired... clean lines, magazine style almost. if someone were to be looking at my home as a vacation spot, or a place to live, what would they be looking for? Where we shop... where we get gas... what we do for recreation... our view in each direction. (I partially got this idea from some challenges this month and last month here at the pad!) Also, my kids really like THIS BOOK called "Me on the Map" by Joan Sweeney. it walks through this girl's viewpoint, on a map. "this is me, on a map of my room... this is my room in the map of my house... this is my house on the map of my street..." So.... I want to incorporate some of that into my album this year. "this is our city, on the map of our state" - with things about our city. This is where we go to school. this is where we visit the library. things like that. I do actually plan to scan in our floor plan from our house documentation and overlay that for some pages. I want more of my kids and husband, as I mentioned, so I plan to have a full day in each of their lives documented... their schedules, their spaces, things they love and think, etc. VIDEOS! I want more videos of them, too. I absolutely LOVE this aspect of technology... adding QR codes to be able to WATCH our kids is amazing. I wish we had more from their little little days, but what we do have, I love SO much. Super big love. and since I've put so much thought into this so far, I hope to actually start my pre-work early. I have folders set up. I know i will copy photos into the day folders, and separate by stories. I know I will have shortcuts to my Foundation and Viewpoint folders readily available. I hope to have templates picked out, for any pages that may not be done in an app. I have notes pages ready to go in my Evernote app for access on any device. I've started gathering some of the "currently" data that I used in the last album so I can easily put that information together. I am excited, and ready for that week in October. Anyone going to join me this year?!