This is a little bit of a different post for me. I am guessing not all of the people who visit my blog are scrapbookers. There are other ways of memory keeping too (like blogging, journaling, art journaling or even Facebook etc) so I thought I would encourage you to check out the story of a lady called Jackie Wood. I found her story really interesting and inspiring with regard to recording the everyday moments. I don’t want to re-tell her story so you can check out her blog or listen to her on the Paperclipping Roundtable.
Her experience of memory loss in her life (not related to dementia) and then the effect that this had on her memory keeping and what she wanted to remember, has re-inspired me again about pocket scrapbooking (Project Life/Photo Freedom style). Not that I was really lacking inspiration as in the last 6 months I have been using the divided page protectors to record our stories/funny things that happen/challenging things that happen/my favourite photos/kids artwork etc. I record some everyday moments as well as the bigger events.
I really like this way of memory keeping in conjunction with my other scrapbook pages as I still record the moments and stories that I might not ever make a 12×12 layout about. I find it frees me to be creative with my 12×12 layouts and I don’t feel like I am “behind”. I don’t worry if I don’t record everything and I don’t document every week just for the sake of it. I just choose the things that I want to record. I keep things really simple as I don’t want things to take lots of time. I can always go back and add more embellishments later if I want to.
Here is a just a basic example of a single page. It sits next to another page in my album that has more photos and journalling about my son and his love of the stars and planets and the process of redecorating his room.
You can adapt this type of memory keeping to your own style, even if it is a more arty style by making your own inserts and just having fun with it. You can always type the journaling if you don’t like your handwriting. There are also lots of different styles of pockets so you can choose what would suit your photos best too. It can be whatever you want to make it.
I have been asking myself what are my most precious memories and what would I want to be recorded if I suddenly lost my memory. It has definitely been interesting to think about. Maybe it will be for you too.
If you have any questions just leave me a comment. Thanks for stopping by,