Elsie’s Week In The Life Album

Elsie's week in the life album www.abeautifulmess.com A few weeks ago I took a challenge to photograph a week in our life and make an album out of it. The challenge was created by my pal, Ali Edwards, and you can read more about her thoughts on it here. I've read Ali's blog for, like, ten years (hers was the first blog I ever read actually, and an early inspiration for starting my own blog!), so I've seen her do this challenge year after year, and I've always loved the thought of it. But for whatever reason, I never joined in myself until this year. Today I'm here to show you my album and share my experience with documenting a week in my life through photographs and then an album. 

Like most people, I don't feel like my everyday life is all that interesting. For the most part my weekdays and weekends are pretty routine. I go to work at 8am. I sometimes take either a coffee or lunch break with Jeremy. I work till five-ish. We eat out a lot. And some nights we cook easy meals at home. We watch The Mindy Project and Scandal and The Biggest Loser. And on the weekends we do brunch and usually work a few hours in the afternoons (Jeremy loves working to break up a day, and I am always behind on my to-do list), and then go to a Mixtapes show or hang out with another couple. And to me, that pretty much sums it up! We have a happy life, but I didn't feel like I would have a lot of different things to take photos of. I was worried my album would be boring. 

Well, I was right, and I was wrong. 

My week wasn't perfect, and it wasn't always photogenic. It was boring at times. It was a stressful week at work, not one of my best. I didn't get tons of awesome photos every single day. But what I did get, I LOVE. Taking the photos and making the album made me realize how many special in between moments each week is filled with. 

Looking back through it now, I am so glad I took the challenge. I am so glad I didn't quit on Tuesday. I feel like the album accurately portrays the ups and downs that my real life is made of. The week happened to fall on Halloween (yay!), and there are some super special fun photos in there of our funny costumes and my niece's Disney princess moment. But there are also photos of the little things, like a cleaning day I had and some outtakes from a work shoot that I wouldn't have normally printed. 

All in all, I'm so happy I took this challenge. It inspires me to do more. Next up, December Daily! (Last year was my first year and it was totally worth the time invested.) 

Alright—enough talking. Here's a bunch of photos of my completed album—

Elsie's week in the life album- the inside cover Elsie's week in the life album- the inside cover (I used our Emoji Stamp Set and Jet ink to stamp the entire inside cover of my book. I love the pattern it adds as well as the sentiment of a very emotional week!)

Elsie's week in the life album

Elsie's week in the life album

Elsie's week in the life album

Elsie's week in the life album

Elsie's week in the life album

Elsie's week in the life album
Elsie's week in the life album
Elsie's week in the life album
Elsie's week in the life album
Elsie's week in the life album     (Had to include a closeup of Penny's epic solo sword fight.)

Elsie's week in the life album
Elsie's week in the life album
Elsie's week in the life album          What do you think? Do you feel like everyday life is awkward or special to photograph? I think it's definitely both. 🙂 xx. Elsie 

Credits// Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions.