Like so many scrapbookers, I am constantly tempted by the shiny and new. With so many options within just a click of a mouse, it’s not hard to find products that I love.

However, that doesn’t mean I need to acquire more supplies for my memory keeping. In fact, I recently went on a purchasing freeze after suspending my Studio Calico subscriptions.

So when Ali Edwards announced the dates, along with a companion kit, for this year’s Week in the Life project I knew it would be best to hold back.

How to create your own kit for Ali Edwards' Week in the Life

I have participated in this project since 2010 and at first assumed I would simply continue my tradition of creating a photo collage to reflect what our life is like right now.

I will do that, for sure, but I feel called to do even more this year.

My daughter will have just turned 4 during this year’s Week in the Life event (August 17-23, 2015) and will be entering her second year of preschool. Life is full and fun right now; I can’t think of a better way to kick of the year!

Plus, I also have a generous stash of Project Life supplies that I’d love to make a dent in. As it turns out, all those supplies that are designed for weekly documentation of your everyday life… they totally work for Week in the Life too.

Genius, I know. 😉

I started browsing through my stash of embellishments and backlog of Studio Calico Project Life kits. One of the first things I noticed was how the Poet Society and Office Hours kits shared tones of blues and greens with pops of warmer colors.

I grabbed the 3×4 cards and 4×6 pads from both of those kits, along with a healthy selection of embellishments. Since I do my pocket pages monthly, I had quite the arsenal of days of the week stickers collected.

How to create your own kit for Ali Edwards' Week in the Life

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In fact, I was a little shocked at how easy it was to compile a coordinated kit from my stash – and in under 30 minutes. It includes:

  • 2 – 4×6 paper pads
  • 40 – 3×4 journaling cards
  • 2 sheets alphabet stickers, in white* and grey
  • days of the week stickers – 2 flat, 2 puffy
  • star embellishments – 1 acetate, 1 chipboard, 1 enamel
  • 1 chipboard sticker sheet
  • 1 booklet of white phrase stickers*
  • 1 roller stamp
  • 1 stamp set
  • 1 watercolor die cut piece*

All items, except those marked with a *, were from previous Studio Calico Project Life kits. The white alphabet is Ali Edwards, the phrase stickers are Tim Holtz, and the white die cut “today” is Dear Lizzy.

I wanted to have cohesiveness of colors (white, black, blues, and greens) and motifs (stars), while keeping it simple overall. My photos and stories will play the starring roles. I won’t use all of this, but it gives me a nice set of options from which to choose (without having to venture into my stash).

How to create your own kit for Ali Edwards' Week in the Life

All that said, you’ll notice that I haven’t shown an album. I am obviously using a pocket page approach, but I’m not sure what size or style of page protectors feels best for this project. I’m all-ears!

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