Monday, May 7, 2012

Week in the Life - LOAD 1-4

This year I participated in "Week in the Life".  But I knew from experience that there is very little that I find interesting to document about my day to day activities.  Maybe because I feel like I SHOULD be including my girls and what they are up to, even though they won't let me photograph them.  But I knew going in that my documentation was likely to be slim, so I decided to keep it really simple and use the "Memory Folder" concept that I am learning about in the class Art of Observation by Heidi Swapp over at BPC.

 This file folder is from Staples. I bought it a couple years ago. I distressed the outside to take down the sheen a bit.

Before the week began, I did the basic assembly of the inside of the folder. Then as each day went by I just paperclipped in whatever I had gathered for the day. I only had a 5.5 x 10 inch canvas for each day, which really limited how much I could fit for a day (good for someone who isn't really into the mundane details.)

 LOAD 1 - My Monday spread. The only day that got two pages... because initially I thought the left page would be a "Week in the Life" title page... then decided that wasn't necessary.

LOAD 2 - Tuesday/Wednesday.  Wednesday was actually a NO photo day! I had intended to get a photo of Tai Chi class but didn't even think to take a camera. And I call myself a scrapbooker???

 LOAD 3 - Thursday/Friday.  Stopped at the grocery store for dried mango and bananas.  $115 later... Love that I documented pizza & movie night. That is my favorite part of the week!

LOAD 4 - Saturday/Sunday.  Having such a small canvas did mean that a few of the items I had saved and some of the photos ended up not making the cut. Still, I feel like this was a great snapshot of a week in my life. Not detailed like most people's, just the highlight.

And this is what the completed folder looks like opened up.  Having done this, I do think the Memory File concept is ingenious and will be using it for future projects!

10 comments:

Melissa said...

Great idea to use the Memory File concept for your Week in the Life project. You did a fabulous job & included so many lits bits & pieces of your week.

humel said...

I love how you've done this - I might just use it myself for future projects, too :) And it's fascinating to get that glimpse into your week!

Maria Ontiveros said...

I like how you did this. One year I made an art journal page each day documenting something that had happened that day. I love that WITL can be whatever you want it to be. I've got my pix in my book. Still need to journal.
Rinda

Amy said...

What a fantastic way to approach the project - wow! And, how organised are you with the washing to go away ...seriously, I like that a lot too!

Karen said...

Super way to organise and display your items for this project - I have been inspired to try this in future as I had wondered what to do with the photos etc.

Sian said...

What a clever way to approach this project! I like it a lot

scrappyjacky said...

I love how you've done this,Cheri....like you I'm not over keen on documenting the mundane....and this way allows you to just put in the highlights....but still have a good picture of your week.
And how well I know that 'just popped in for a couple of things'....and go home £50 lighter!!!!

Becky said...

This is great! I agree with Jackie - you have recorded the mundane in a really great way, showing the highlights and it will be great to look back on in a few years time and see how much you can get for $115!

S said...

Wow your memory file looks fabulous - you've really showcased both your photos and this method so well. I had been resisting the idea of trying it, but now I can't wait!

Cheryl said...

I really like your take on this project, Cheri, and I LOVE your use of the memory file for it.