What Way Of Memory Keeping Works?

I love that there are so many ways to document your life. It can be as simple as writing in a journal to Project Life + putting photos in pockets to getting artistic and painting on a page. There’s a style for everyone.

I definitely side on the simple, but I love adding a bit of flair here and there. That works for me. And so when Marcy shares her pages, it resonates with me on so many levels.

Take a look at what she has for us today.


I love how she combines her daily planning with a photo and an extra bit of journaling.

Let’s hear what she has to say about it:

One of the things I’ve been trying to figure out is how to continue memory keeping when I don’t have time to allot to magnificent creations.  I just don’t have the time OR the desire to be hard core when it comes to crafting anymore.  I always have, and always will, carry a notebook/planner but I don’t really feel the need to pimp that sucker out either.  So, what’s a girl to do?

What’s been working for me the last while is this.

I use a daily planner in my notebook.  Each day features a two-page spread with a schedule on the left and a blank page on the right.  This is usually plenty of room for me to plan out my day and journal if I want too.  My booklet/planner lasts for one month.  At the end of that month it’s full of to-dos, lists, random thoughts and reflections.  Kind of a planner/journal combo.  I don’t have the energy to complete another project (like a scrapbook page or a pocket page spread) on top of this.  It’s just a fact.  So at the end of the month when I take this notebook out and replace it with the current month I print out a few photos from the month.  I add them into my notebook, add a little stamping and voila. Instant memory book.

This really works for me for a variety of reasons.

1. I just can’t do this kind of thing as I go.  I hate the feeling of writing over something that’s on the page before it (like a photo or a sticker).  It’s just bumpy and awkward.  And really, I just can’t find the time during the day to decorate my pages.  I like to focus on my tasks and knock them out, write a bit and move on.

2. I love the idea of combining lists and thoughts and EVERYTHING all in one format.  One of my most treasured possessions in a slip of paper that my granny wrote a grocery list on and then sketched an idea for a painting on the other side!  All of this randomness is a part of my life and it will be cool to look back on all that little stuff one day.

3. From a time management stand point this works out really well for me.  My journaling is already done and dated.  I don’t need to find time in my day to “decorate” or make things pretty.  I can pick a half hour at the end of the month to print out photos, place them in and call it done.  I’ll admit, before I decided to tackle memory keeping this way I was super anxious about the number of projects I had going on.  This change in approach has made me so much more relaxed and less stressed.

4. From a minimalist standpoint I love the idea of everything together.  I don’t have a photo album, planner, pocket page album, etc.  I have ONE booklet that houses everything!

I can’t wait to have these all lined up on a shelf at the end of the year.

For this spread in particular I just added a photo to my page and stamped a sentiment from One Fine Day on a piece of cardstock to create my own word strip.


What Marcy has expressed here totally rocks my world. I just want to say right on.  But again, something like that works for me…and for her…and I’m sure for others of you. I don’t have a lot of time to get creative artistically like I used to. Sometimes I miss that, but I know at this point in my life, what I currently do works for me and that’s a good thing. At least I’ve been consistently documenting for two years whereas I was hit and miss for the years before.

I love seeing the art, I love seeing the simplicity, and I love seeing the in between.

What style do you do?
How do you fit it in to your daily life?
Is it your creative outlet?
Do you love popping in photos in page protectors and being done?
Do you love planning and/or simple journaling
What works for you?

2017-06-23T07:48:21+00:00June 23rd, 2017|stamps, travelers notebook|3 Comments


  1. Nashonne June 23, 2017 at 11:07 am

    I’m mainly an 12×12 traditional scrapbooker. I have done Project Life for year-long projects (like Project 365 by BH and documenting my 40th year). I currently scrapbook my trips in Project life form (take too many pictures to do a traditional scrapbook). I have smaller albums for specific events/projects, from 9×9 to 6×6. Most of my journaling is simple, though for some projects I try to tell more of the “story” (e.g. WITL, December Daily, etc.). I do not document my daily life, unless I’m doing a special project. I scrapbook the events/pictures that resonate with me. Scrapbooking is one of my creative outlets. I love the putting together paper and photos (and words) to preserve a precious memory.

    • Kerri Bradford June 23, 2017 at 1:25 pm

      I love that Nashonne! I kind of do a mix of things on more specific memory keeping as well…like a trip. Love the 6×8 for some of those. Thanks for sharing! :)

  2. Katrina June 24, 2017 at 10:08 am

    I mostly do Project Life with one or two mini albums thrown in when I feel like being more creative. For my Project Life album, I stick with one core kit per year. I started out taking one photo a day, but for the last couple years, I pick seven photos for each week. I order my photos every couple months, and then I’ll spend a few hours writing on the journaling cards. Then I stamp the date and day of the week on the cards and I’m done. I typically don’t add anything else. If I make a mini album for a vacation or something, that’s when I’ll get a little more creative.

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