Documenting the things we, or our families, love can be daunting.
Some of us (like myself) are so overrun with things in our day-to-day life that it’s hard to know what to document. Others who live a minimalistic lifestyle may really not have anything they want or need to document because personal items don’t really play into their day-to-day life. I know I sometimes struggle with knowing what aspects of our lives should be documented, especially the items that we use or play with on a daily basis. Some things are obvious, such as the favorite stuffed animal your toddler carries with him everywhere or the wedding rings you and your spouse bought each other, but other things may not seem so obvious.
One way I have found to help me determine what items are important to us is by doing Project 365. On the days when there really isn’t anything going on that is especially exciting, I either take a portrait of my daughter or a picture of an item around the house.
I’ve found that the items I choose to take a picture of are the items that mean something to me and therefore are the items that I should scrapbook. I’ve documented not only my daughter’s favorite toys through the years, but also my love for my coffee pot, gifts I’ve been given that have special meaning to me, and the antique toy phone that I played with as a child.
A fun thing you could do is take a few minutes one day and take a tour through your house with your camera and snap those special things that have meaning to you and your family and take the time to document these in a page (or multiple pages).
I think it’ll be really fun to look back on these favorite items in 10 or 20 years and remember when and why these things were so important to you, compare these items with what you have at that point, or remember where you bought that favorite painting still hanging on your living room wall.
I found a few layouts in the Log Your Memory Gallery that really document the loves of some special items that I wanted to share in this post.