Yam’s Project Life: Plans for documenting while on vacation

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Hello, everyone! I’m back with a Project Life post. I’m currently on vacation and once again, I decided to take some scrapbook supplies with me.

Pinky gave me this tote bag that she designed and painted last year. I love the size (approx 8 x 2 x 10 inches) and I wanted to use it as a guide to see which supplies I would take. If it won’t fit in the bag, then I won’t bring it.

what fits in this bag?

 

Here’s what I brought with me:

1. PENCIL CASE (WHICH I USUALLY BRING, ANYWAY)
2. TWO ROLLS OF WASHI (I FORGOT ABOUT TWO OTHER ROLLS – ONE IN MY PENCIL CASE, AND ONE THAT FOUND IT’S WAY TO A POUCH IN MY BAG)
3. MINI POST-IT PAD + A SHARE OF THE PROJECT LIFE JADE EDITION
4. CANON SELPHY CP-900 SO I CAN PRINT PHOTOS THAT I MOSTLY TAKE WITH MY IPHONE
5. PLAIN 3X4 CARDS + A FEW SETS OF CLEAR STAMPS
6. ALPHA STICKERS (STICKERS IN A TIN FROM TYPO)
7. BLACK INK PAD
8. A PAIR OF SCISSORS
9. BLACK PEN (MORE IN MY PENCIL CASE)
10. A STAMP BLOCK

Most of these items were packed in my check-in luggage, with the exception of the pencil case.

I’m with my family so I have more than enough luggage space and weight to be able to bring the small Canon Selphy. If I’m traveling alone, I will probably leave it at home.

In addition, I have a Ziplock bag dedicated as the catch-all for whatever I will collect while on my trip. I tend to stash business cards, or bits and pieces of paper and stuff in a side pocket of my bag. I usually transfer these to the Ziplock bag at the end of each day. I also have a small notebook that I carry with me, so I can take notes throughout the day.

I want to use some of the PL cards I brought by giving it to family members and asking them to write something on it. My family is usually pretty cooperative when it comes to my projects, so I’m *hoping* they won’t shoot this idea down. It’s nice to get a different perspective, not just my own.

In my previous blog post, I mentioned my lack of creative time with my own PL, as well as completed pages for the past two months. So, I decided to actively participate in the  Week In The Life, the documentary project by Ali Edwards that “began in 2005 as an annual opportunity to capture the simple everyday details of life with photos and words.” This year, Ali decided to do it from October 27 – November 2.  The dates are not mandatory; it’s still up to the participant to do it when possible.

Although I’ve been following Ali for many years, it’s my first time to participate in Week in the Life. At the moment, the plan is to document the week (since I’m usually here in the UAE at this time of year), using the kit designed by Ali and whatever won’t make it to the project will be added to my regular Project Life album.

WEEK IN THE LIFE KIT BY ALI EDWARDS. would you believe this was in a carry-on bag? hahaha! my brother let me put it in his backpack since he had lots of space.

 

I didn’t set up my Week in The Life album beforehand, and I’m not sure if I will assemble and fill it in as the week goes by. I’m okay with that, since I want to see what photos I end up taking, and notes I end up making.

As of today, I made sure to take more pictures — not just ones I usually take, but also pictures that I don’t usually take to include in my PL. I also took notes on my phone, and on paper (when we were not out and about).

If you’re interested in documenting your own Week in The Life, I want to emphasize that you are not required to buy Ali’s kit. (Only the kit itself is available now, no albums included) Similar to the idea behind pocket page scrapbooking, there are no must-follow rules when it comes to this project. Ali’s kit will definitely not appeal to everyone’s taste, so you are free to assemble your own supplies.

I love this post from Ali, asking her readers to think about this statement:

Our days are built with stories.

It’s a good way to see the value in documenting a particular week, and being conscious about micro-stories in what would otherwise be just mundane things we go through in a day. Here’s another excerpt from her post that resonated with me, and pushed me to really do this project. Hopefully, this will inspire me again to continue working on my PL album.

I also really want to be conscious and intentional about the micro-stories that make up a day or seven in a row.

Tell me more about the why. Tell me more about the who and the where and the what. Don’t just tell me you had a cup of coffee, tell me what you had in it or what you left out. Give me more details that will paint a clearer picture of the life you are living right now.

And then give a little more.

Oh, here my supplies in the bag:

VERSION 1

VERSION 2: i removed the power cord of the printer and replaced it with the album

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How about creating your own Week in The Life album? You can easily use a Starter Kit from our shop for this project. Work on it at our next Beginner’s Memory-Keeping workshop on November 15. REGISTER HERE.

 

 

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