2018 Memory Keeping Projects

I thought I'd take a quick minute to give you a little update on my current memory keeping projects. First, I'm continuing with my digital pocket pages. This will be my fourth year of doing basically the exact same thing (see 2015 and 2016). I use these layout templates, and this year I'm changing up my weekly pocket cards to these new ones I made. Every Saturday I collect my photos from the week and place them in a layout template and add a little journaling. I add the decoration at a later date. I'm currently still working on finishing up my 2017 pages, but this isn't hard since I just have to add the fun stuff. All the photos and text are already there waiting for me. I will confess that while I'm not intending this to be a baby album, my current pocket pages are a little baby heavy. I'd like this yearly pocket album to reflect our family life, with an emphasis on my story since I'm making it. So my new goal is to remember to take some photos of things that aren't Magnus. Good luck to me!

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For a long time I've been toying with different journaling methods. I've wanted something digital and easy to do, but I've been wary of specific apps because it feels like the journal is stuck in whatever app you choose, which makes me nervous. And using a basic text document wouldn't work because I wanted it to be a photo format. It finally occurred to me just a few days ago that I could simply update the description on a photo I took, adding in a little about the day, or whatever comment I felt worth saving. I've created an album to add these photos to, so now I have a photo journal, easily managed both from my phone and PC, and without pinning my future on some random app company. I won't lie, I’m currently feeling both like an idiot that it took me so long to think of this, and simultaneously like a genius because I think I may have finally solved a problem I've been struggling with for ages.

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I'm also keeping up with my little Hobonichi planner. Jotting down little notes from the day. Really, my planner is my adult sticker book. I just like to have something I can decorate like I’m eight years old.

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In baby scrapping news, I'm currently using two methods to document Magnus's life. We have a monthly baby calendar hanging on the wall, which is easy to update with little notes about what we're doing and what Magnus is up to. Since it's on the wall it helps me to remember to update it. I'm also working on a real life junk journal, which is my just my excuse to putter about with my craft supplies.
One day I am planning to make a digital photo book for Magnus, perhaps about his first year. I like to give projects like these a bit of time before I tackle them, it helps me get the distance I need to really focus on the photos I love rather that stuffing them all in. And since I have my various journaling methods going, I don’t think it will be too hard to look through them to get some text to add to this project, whatever it may be.

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What are your plans for 2018?

Recent Comments

Bina Greene
Bina Greene Fri, 01/19/2018 - 02:50

@Marisa :) TY!

Marisa Lerin
Marisa Lerin Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:08

@Bina: I've started using Google Photos for backing up my photos. They've added a lot of great features recently, and I like that I can easily access it on my phone and computer.

Bina Greene
Bina Greene Wed, 01/17/2018 - 07:46

The book looks fab! And the planers... Your solution sounds so intringuingly congenial, I am curious which app are doing this in, just on flickr? :) Or do you save the data to your own device? I have the same issue with all them handy apps....

Beatrice Loren
Beatrice Loren Mon, 01/15/2018 - 11:02

That's a great idea to add text and photos and save the fun stuff for later. I don't do project life type layouts but if I did that would be the way to go!

Paddy Wolf
Paddy Wolf Mon, 01/15/2018 - 10:39

photobook! i just finished my 1st photo yearbook, the ink's still wet, fresh from the printers. and i'm super excited about it! less scrapbooking and decorating, more emphasis on journaling and photo editing, magazine style. something i feel could become a tradition.

much as i drool over cute planners, little notebooks and colorful craft supplies, i rarely find it fun to actually use it and build a layout on paper. something i'd like to work on cause it's physical, immediate and teaches you to accept little flaws and mistakes.

Auror Willow
Auror Willow Fri, 01/12/2018 - 06:30

I have two ongoing projects. One is a weekly "project life", but really a personal journal. I'm using 6x8 templates and have been working on it every Sunday. The other is an Adventure album for my significant other and I. A scrapbook of all of the events and big moments. I'm only a couple years behind on that one. That one I'm using 12x12 templates, as it's more photo heavy.

Tina Shaw
Tina Shaw Fri, 01/12/2018 - 05:08

He's so big already! I need to find more time to "putter" with my supplies and incorporate a better schedule for maintaining my project life projects, too! Good job, Marisa!