05 Jun

documenting a week in my life

Recently I’ve become really interested in the idea of documenting life. Well, I guess I’ve always been interested in it, because I’ve always used social media to do it. Not all my social media activity is intentional documenting, but some of it definitely is. For example, I used Instagram a lot to document my day-to-day while I was finishing my PhD because it was such a crazy time in my life and I wanted to remember it (if only to remember that I never, ever want to work like that again!). At other times, I’ve documented unintentionally.

But in the last year or so, I’ve become really interested in scrapbooking. Yes, that’s right. Scrapbooking. It appeals to my crafty side, my interest in design, and my interest in documenting.

I told a friend about this new found interest in scrapbooking and she said what I have definitely thought myself: “That’s so… 1990.” Hahahaha! I’ve had other reactions along the lines of “I thought scrapbooking was for old ladies”…

Anyway, so far I haven’t managed to make an entire page (that’s called a ‘layout’ in scrapbooking language), though I have partially completed both a 12×12 layout (about the twins’ recent birthday) and a multi-page Project Life style layout (about my graduation).

I have, however, managed to spend more money than I will ever admit on paraphernalia (die cutting machine, dies, embossing folders, paper trimmer, stamp sets, acrylic blocks), paper (so much beautiful paper), and embellishments (die cut shapes, stickers, enamel dots). There is a whole industry around this stuff. I also got a reconditioned Olivetti Lettera 22 typewriter for my birthday so that I can type out journaling and stuff for all the layouts I plan to make (one day when I find time).

I have also managed to watch hundreds of hours of YouTube process videos (where people video themselves making layouts) and listened to many commutes’ worth of podcasts on scrapbooking.

When I pick up a new hobby, I really get into it. Even if I don’t have time to actually do the making.

A couple of weeks back I tried to participate in this scrapbooking challenge called Week in the Life. It’s a challenge started by scrapbooking world celeb Ali Edwards where you document a week in your life in great detail through photos and journalling. I did an average job of remembering to take photos, but I waited too long to write down the details and I think I’ve forgotten the little things. So I want to have another crack at it and I thought that seeing I’m blogging every day at the moment, now might be the time to do it.

This week I’m going to blog the details as the days unfold, from Monday to Sunday, and I’ll probably post some of the photos too. Then at the end of the week, I’ll have a week’s worth of photos and notes to scrapbook.

Let’s see if I can actually pull it off! My track record with completing challenges over a number of days is pretty crap, but I’m keen to do this one.

In the mean time, I’m wondering how many other documenters might read this post… Are you a scrapbooker?

#blogjune 4/30

8 thoughts on “documenting a week in my life

  1. The scrapbooking reminds me of an old favourite, which I reread today, The octagon house, by Andre Norton, in which an old Valentine’s Day album plays a crucial part. The 90s comment reminded me of a movie I recently watched in which scrapbooking was a continuing humourous theme – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1095174/

    • Oh I’ll have to take a look at the movie. I’d say I’d read the book but the reality is I haven’t read a book in more than two years!

  2. I have been into scrapbooking for awhile now (think over 15 years) but have not yet actually finished an album. I started an album for my 2003 European holiday and it is in various stages of completion. I have chosen and cropped all of my photos, developed a simple-ish design for each of the pages, bought all of the paper and stickers I need, selected, typed and printed out all of the headings for the pages and stuck things on a dozen or so pages but that is as far as I have got.

    I keep getting caught up in other crafts and hobbies for which I too have acquired a tremendous amount of supplies and a plenitude of unfinished items remain.

    • You sound so close to finished! One of these days we should organise another craft day and you can finish this and I can start one! LOL

  3. Ohhh I love that you’re doing this! Andrew started a Week In The Life this week as well (which I have been secretly planning to turn into a scrapbook page ..the fella has only taken 1 photo so far which is cramping my style a bit though!).
    I did the Ali Edwards week too…. photos galore, drove all the people crazy, took notes, bought templates, started other templates, changed plans again and again …but still havent put it all together. Hoping to soon.

    • I noticed Andrew was doing that and I found it really interesting.

      I bought the date images from the Ali Edwards site but of course they were for me so are no use to me. I bought the Brandi Kincaid templates too but I’m not sure I’ll use them. They’ll probably be useful for other things though…

      Last day of my WITL today so I’ll have to see about getting some of it onto paper soon!

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