Get More Into Your Planner

Space is a precious commodity. The more and more we save of our memories, the more and more space we occupy in our albums and by extension, our homes. I was just thinking about this red buffet of mine, full of scrapbook pages that I’ve done over the years and how much space they take up. Not that I regret doing them or the space they occupy, but in the grand scheme of things, I know I’m much happier condensing my life into smaller–and just as meaningful–pages, whether it’s 8 1/2 x 11″ or my much loved TNs (traveler’s notebooks).

So when I saw what Maggie had done to extend her planner to include a trip into the windy city of Chicago, I was ecstatic! She packed so much into just a little space and it looks amazing!

Take a gander….




[ Designs | Travelers Pack: Splendid (papers) / Travelers Templates #3 (photo templates) ]


Um…okay. Don’t you love it?!! I love how clean it all looks. I love that an entire day’s worth of photos takes up very little space in her planner by using templates.

I always thought ‘bigger was better’ when it came to photos and I’m finding it’s so not the case. Do you remember many moons ago when it was ‘the thing’ to do like a single 8×10 or so photo on a 12×12 page? Talk about taking up a lot of precious real estate! And with photo templates you can quickly pop photos in and be done in a few minutes.

Maggie’s project is amaaaazing!


Here’s what she has to say:

I’ve figured something out over the past few years. I’m not good at day-to-day documenting. It’s true. I can’t keep up with Project Life…or with filling my full-size Memory Planner with the events of the day…or even with keeping a journal full of daily entries. The days just move too quickly…and I can’t seem to stay on top of everything.

So, this year I’m trying a new way of recording our daily activities. This year I’m keeping a daily to-do/planner/Memory Planner. And so far, it’s working! Yay!

I’m using a personal-sized Memory Planner – with spaces that are small, so I don’t feel like I’ve got to write a whole lot down every day. I’m filling the days with short lists of “to-do’s,” or rather, “what-we-did’s…” and I’m adding photos here and there when they help tell my story. 

There are days, though, that really do require a little more documenting…days that have a bunch of photos, all of which I’d like to add to my planner. And because my daily spaces are so small, I can’t easily just add them straight onto my pages.

So I’ve found a better way.

Enter Kerri’s Travelers Templates #3.

We recently spent the day in Chicago and I snapped a lot of photos…most of which I really liked and wanted to print. 

I opened up the Template designs I thought would work best for me and simply added all of those photos to them. Easiest thing ever!

Then, because the Templates are a little bigger than I wanted to use for my planner, I resized them…just a few clicks of the mouse and they were done!

I printed my 3 pages – now complete with photos from a very full day – and set them aside. 

I decided I didn’t want to keep the backs of each of these pages plain, so I opened and printed 3 of the different cover designs from one of Kerri’s new Traveler’s Packs…the Splendid collection. I cut down these papers and simply adhered them to the backs of each of my new photo sheets. 

To ensure that my planner hole punch didn’t make holes in any of the important parts of my photo pages, I added a strip of washi tape to both the front and back of each of my pages…then I added my holes to this. Perfect.

Now I have our entire day added to my planner…and I didn’t have to sacrifice any of my photos. I love that. 

yup. love.

2017-05-09T10:57:45+00:00April 20th, 2017|planners, travelers notebook|3 Comments


  1. Sue Alger April 20, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Great Ideas. I thinking documenting and/or preserving memories any way is great, because memories are so important to capture. As I look back on my scrapping, project life, and journaling, the format wasn’t important but what was important are the memories that I could “relive”. I’m a grandmother and my grandkids always revisit my albums because they too like to talk about and relive their young memories.

    • Kerri Bradford April 20, 2017 at 9:19 am

      I agree with ya Sue. As long as you’re documenting memories, it’s a very good thing. And I’ve had my share of ‘formats’. haha Who knows what will be thought up next as for as formats go too. I would never have thought memory planners and travelers notebooks would be a way to ‘scrapbook’. Luckily it is because it’s finally a system I can be regular at. :)

  2. heidig April 20, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Such a great idea! Love this!

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