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2017 Memory Keeping Plans and Goals

February 21, 2017

This is such a late post but the beginning part of this year has been extremely busy which is why I’m so glad I made the changes that I did for this year. When it comes to memory keeping I’ve finally found my groove and at this point I have a really good idea of what works for me.

While most things will be staying the same this year, I have 2 big changes that I’m making.

Documenting My Age

Instead of doing a yearly album, I am going to be documenting my age. I started my album in October of 2016 when I turned 32 so I’ve got a bit of overlap in my 2016 album and this current one. Not too big of an issue, I just printed doubles of things and reorganized the layouts. It didn’t feel right to leave my 2016 album “incomplete”. My goal is to get the entire year into 1 album.

Moving to 6×8 Album

After 2 years of 6×12 albums that are about 85% full (and done) combined with a serious lack of space, I think this smaller size will suit me fine. Since I plan on doing this type of album moving forward, I purchased 2 purple 6×8 Handbooks from Studio Calico in addition to a December Daily (Kelly Purkey) album I currently have. Luckily I was able to find a 6 hole punch from Michaels which fits the Studio Calico handbook albums perfectly.

Other than those 2 things, everything else is staying the same for me. Here is what I will continue to do throughout 2017

  • Shopping my stash
  • Subscribing to 1 kit — Kelly Purkey
  • Being a creative team member for Sahin Designs
  • Completing my vacation albums
  • Using digital cards, elements, and stamps

As I move into my third year of memory keeping I’m still just as excited as I was the first. With each year comes new experiences, techniques, frustrations, inspiration, etc. and I am ready for it all.

What memory keeping plans do you have for 2017?

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December Daily – My complete 2015 album

October 15, 2016

December Daily is a memory keeping project which documents your day to day experiences leading up to Christmas. Last year was my first year participating in December Daily and I was ready, or so I thought.

I had heard of many not finishing their albums until January or February, and even later. To avoid this, I had everything setup prior to December 1st and plans to document all the things I wanted to do. And then I got to about day 12 before I couldn’t keep up. Between my job and the unexpected death of my best friend, I couldn’t do it. From that point on, I just took photos for the rest of the month with hopes I could finish later.

Later turned into January, then February and now here we are in October. Now that I have some time, I decided to finish what I started. Most of my album is digital with few embellishments since I wanted to focus more on the story and the photos.

December Daily
December Daily

You know the Holiday season has officially started when Starbucks begins to roll out their Holiday Red Cups.

December Daily

December Daily

December Daily Day 3 and 4

December Daily Day 5 and 6

December Daily Day 7 and 8

December Daily Day 9 and 10

December Daily Day 11

December Daily

December Daily

December Daily Day 14 and 15

The photo for day 14 is probably one of my favorites, it reads “Dear Santa, I’m writing you to tell you I’ve been naughty and it was worth it. You fat judgmental bastard.” I also spent a lot of December photographing my cat… mostly to keep an eye on her because cats and christmas trees do not go well.

December Daily

Some people love pumpkin spice lattes… not me, I think they are disgusting. I love the Salted Caramel Mocha and wait all.year.long for it.

December Daily

I made it to Leavenworth, Washington for the annual christmas lighting and it was worth it. *Makes mental note to book tickets now for December*

Welp, there we have it. I did leave off a few days from this post because they were of family and private moments. But overall, I am really happy with my album. I’m not sure if I will do it again this year because Halloween is my Christmas (i’m doing my October Daily album right now. A 4×4 or 4×6 mini album would best suit my needs if I decide to partake again this year.

Items Used: Ali Edwards Main Kit, Ali Edwards Mini Kits (Kelly Purkey, Ashley G, and Jasmine Jones), Pink Fresh Studio Christmas Wishes, Kelly Purkey Clearly Kelly Stamps, Becky Higgins Album

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Mini Album: Columbus, OH

August 15, 2016

A year ago I made a business trip back to Columbus, OH and since it was the first trip I’d been on since I started doing pocket scrapbooking, I wanted to make a mini album. Well, when I returned I had all of the photos edited and ready to be printed, my album was picked out and I was ready to get going. But I had another vacation right afterwards so basically nothing got done. But because I was editing photos and creating my layouts on the plane, I was able to complete the album within a couple of hours once I actually started.

Since I’d never been to Columbus before, I wanted to go exploring and see as much as I could. I love museums, gardens, historical sites, galleries, and the like, so since the museum was closed I headed over to the Franklin Park Conservatory. It is gorgeous and the weather was perfect for wandering around a park and garden.

Franklin Park Conservatory

While I was inside, I ended up taking photos of everything. I think I spent over an hour walking through every single room, some rooms more than once just soaking everything in. This is why I love traveling alone, I can take all the time I want exploring without someone getting tired, wanting to go somewhere else, or just rushing me.

After leaving the park I walked around downtown Columbus, checking out the architecture and historical sites.

Eventually I wandered over to German Town and found the coolest bookstore ever. Well I saw it while driving by the day before and knew I had to go back. It’s called The Book Loft and it is 32 rooms of book bliss. It is far too easy to get lost in there because each room is like a mini library. Fortunately I only had a small purse or I would have walked out with an arm full of books.

The Book Loft

Tried new food at Schmidt’s Sausage Haus and Restaurant… not sure i’m a fan of German food but its always a good idea to try something new.

After 5 hours of wandering around downtown Columbus in 90 degree weather and jeans, I had to head back to the hotel. I rented a bike and struggled to ride over the cobblestone back to where I could catch a cab. By the time I came back to the hotel I was exhausted, sweaty, but satisfied with the day. I think this was a good trip to document even though it was only 2 days long. I learned a lot while doing the mini album, mostly how to scale things wayyyyy down and focus on the photos with a little bit of journaling. Its basically pocket scrapbooking on a minimalist level. Maybe i’ll end up going back to Columbus, but if I do, is there anything else that should be on my “must see” list?

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Pocket Scrapbooking Update: January thru April

August 15, 2016

I have to say I am quite pleased with myself this year with how on top I am with my pocket scrapbooking album. I think it is because I am now blogging more and have an instagram page dedicated to showcasing my work,  it helps to keep me focused on making progress. There would be no point in paying for a website host if I wasn’t using it right?

What is working and what I’m loving:

  • Typing up my journaling cards is making my layouts come together much easier. Trying to find the right type of card with enough writing space wasn’t working anymore. I use the 3×4 minimalist templates from Paislee Press and simply get rid of the photo background. This allows me to keep my layout clean and consistent, plus I can write them up during down time at work so when its time to sit and create, everything is ready to go.
  • Each month I’ve decided to create a layout that focuses on me. I use a couple of selfies along with a card displaying the month name, a calendar card from One Little Bird, and some filler cards. The filler cards are the best part for me because they are centered around self-improvement, goals, strength, and serve as a theme for the month.
  • Monthly currents layout. At the beginning of the year I wanted to do this every month and I have! I try to have a lot of fun with it, not focusing too much on any embellishments or color coordination. Again, I am using the 3×4 or trading card sized minimalist templates from Paislee Press.
  • Experimenting with 8.5 x 11 pocket page sizes has been quite the challenge, but a fun one. Due to the difficulty of getting 9×12 albums and pocket pages, I wanted to have an alternative just in case it becomes too much trouble to locate. I purchased some of the 8.5 x 11 pages from We R Memory Keepers and digital trading card sized templates from Paislee Press. So far I am in love with the instagram square sized pockets and maybe next year I might move to this size.

What is not working and what I am not loving:

  • While I enjoy using the 9 x 12 size, I do not enjoy how difficult it is to obtain the pocket pages for it. I liked when Seven Paper had this size with pages that had 3 holes in it. Yes I know I can order the 9 x 12 protectors from Studio Calico but I dislike their business practices and the protectors are rarely in stock. I’ve been using the Becky Higgins page protectors but the quality is extremely poor, they’ve all ripped within a few months.
  • My 6×8 personal album is a fail. I’ve tried to use some of my smaller more random bits into it and its just not working out for me. I always end up deciding not to document it or I’ve been working it into my larger album.

So far I think I’m on a great path to actually complete my album this year and I’m excited to see my progress. This year is much easier now that I have a good grasp on what it is that I’m doing and how I want things to look.

I’ve included a gallery (see top of post) of most of my layouts so far this year (I will figure out a way to put the gallery below the writing one of these days).

How is your album coming along this year?


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Why I Am A Memory Keeper

April 26, 2016

When people find out that I scrapbook, I either get asked why or they just make this really funny confused looking face. I understand, its not very common that you see a young woman with no children taking on a hobby traditionally done by older women with families. But when I explain it to them, they get it… sometimes.

As a child, I was always writing and taking photographs. I also hoard everything. Ticket stubs, receipts, brochures, and any other little knick knacks that reminded me of where I’d been, what I’ve eaten, or who I was with. I never did anything with them and all they did was sit in a box until last year when I discovered pocket scrapbooking (or project life as some call it). The concept of it immediately appealed to me because I could actually take all of those photos I had, put them in an album, and write about it.

The photo above is the real reason why I scrapbook. I remember that day vividly; I had the chance to see one of my favorite bands, No Doubt, in concert with my best friend Chartchai. We danced, sang, and had an awesome time out on the lawn in the sun with friends. In December 2015, Chartchai passed away unexpectedly and in an instant, my best friend of over a decade was gone. It was really difficult for me and I kept looking around for something physical that reminded me of him. I was actually almost frantic about it because I realized we never really bought a lot of things for one another. But then I realized, I had a lot of photos and items from our times together, including this ticket stub. So while I didn’t have one special item, I had years of memories.

My generation tends to allow their memories to live online, and while that isn’t a bad thing at all (I pulled this photo from my facebook page) sometimes things never make it offline. Being able to print off my photos and place them into books means I can take a walk down memory lane any time. I can read about everything that happened and look at old items I kept. Think about how we ooh and ahh over items that were kept from previous generations. Letters, posters, photos, etc., those are things that we tend to cherish. If I choose to have children, I’d like to leave something behind that they might choose to cherish and it would be great for them to realize that once upon a time, mom/grandma/great-grandma was cool and did cool things 🙂

Every person scrapbooks and documents for their own personal reasons, whether it was a family tradition, a new child being born, or just happened to come across it at a craft store, we do it because it means something important to us. What was your reason? Let me know below!

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Pocking Scrapbooking Plans: 2016

April 26, 2016

This will be my second year doing pocket scrapbooking/project life and I learned A LOT during my first year on what works and what does not work for me. The first year is always difficult as you try to figure out how much time, money, and energy you want to spend along with your personal preferences when it comes to style and type of scrapbooking you want to do. Between the various kit clubs, forums, Instagram, and Pinterest pages, its easy to become overwhelmed. No need to worry, you will figure it out!

Album Size: Last year I did a 6×12 album and loved it. I initially started off doing 9×12 but by September, I had 3 pages complete. So I gave up on that size, switched to 6×12 and finished January through September in 3 days. The problem was, the 6×12 album was full by the end of October and that forced me to cram November into my December Daily album.

This year, now that I have a better grasp on the process, I am moving back to 9×12. I take a lot of pictures and love to add journaling cards so I need the extra space. Yes it takes a little more time to put together a layout but I’m happier with the result. To supplement this, I have a small 6×8 album that I am doing for more personal things and little tid bits that might not fit in my larger album.  The album I am using is the American Crafts 12×12 chipboard album that I’ve cut down to 9×12.

Supplies: 2016 is a “Shop My Stash” year. I have quite a bit of stuff from the kit clubs I was trying out and since I’ve moved to more hybrid scrapbooking, there is no need for me to buy things. I am currently subscribed to Kelly Purkey’s project life kit club and so far I like what I’ve received. Because I don’t use a lot of embellishments, her stamps allow me to add something extra to my layouts without the bulk.

Frequency: I will continue to do my layouts on a monthly basis. Weekly is far too much work and honestly, I don’t really do a lot during the week that would require me to be on top of it. I add all photos for the month into a drop box folder and then process everything at the end of the month.

What I’m doing new this year:

  • Using more digital elements on my layouts. Going digital is much easier for me, I can easily type up my journaling on a digital card when I have some downtime at work, then print once I get home. I can also stay on track and not fall behind
  • Doing traditional scrapbooking layouts. Sometimes all I have is 1 awesome photo but I don’t want to try and fit it into a pocket sleeve.
  • Including more “currently” layouts. I really enjoy doing these because it allows me to look back and see all of the things that were interesting to me, whether it be food, music, books, clothing… its all part of the documentation process for me.
  • Becky Higgin’s Project Life app is now on Android! This is a game changer because there are numerous templates within the app that I can use. Once I’ve placed my photos within the template, I save to my phone, and then either print at home or send off to Costco.

Even though its almost May (yikes) I’ve actually stayed on track with everything. Using more digital elements has really helped me make sure I’m not falling too far behind and has saved me quite a bit of money this year, especially since I print at home most of the time.

What has been your project life plans for 2016? Have you stayed on track? Let me know!