We’re nearly a week into 2012 … have you started logging your memories yet?
If not, don’t worry… there’s still time to get started. I know it’s taken me a few days to get into a routine for the New Year and that includes figuring out just how I want to approach my memorykeeping for the year. So today I thought I’d share where I’m at in my process in hopes it might help you get moving forward too …
I mentioned in an earlier post that I wanted to incorporate Project Life into my memorykeeping this year, but at that time I wasn’t quite sure how I wanted to do that. After thinking more about it, I decided I wanted to come at it with a slightly narrower focus than many users do, which for me means having a specific project or theme for the album I create using my new Project Life Core Kit I received for my birthday (thanks mom!!). While I love the idea of using Project Life to capture general everyday life, I was feeling a bit overwhelmed at the thought of trying to capture “everything” with it, which would be my tendency, so having a specific focus feels much more manageable.
The theme I’m going to be using for my kit, as well as my 2012 Memory Logbook, is something I am calling Project 2012. Basically, I have outlined a list of projects or goals I want to accomplish before the end of the year, which was sparked by a great book I read last month called The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchin Rubin. You can read more about my plans and check out my list on my personal blog at What Makes Me Tick.
I will be documenting my progress on my list using the Project Life materials and a combo-type album, in which I envision combining the typical Project Life-style divided pocket pages, more traditional digital scrapbooking layouts, and also pages/assignments created through the Move More, Eat Well 2012 class by Cathy Zielske, which I just signed up for this morning in support of several of the goals on my Project 2012 list.
I’m still deciding how I want to organize my Project 2012 album… I see some advantages to doing it by category, but I will probably end up doing a more chronological weekly page style, mostly because I’ve been struggling to figure out which categories I’d use that would fit well with the goals on my list. I haven’t actually started the album itself but hope to do that in the next few days, which I’ll share when I have something tangible to photograph!!
In the meantime, I am using my 5.5×8.5-inch loose-leaf edition of the 2012 Memory Logbook to jot down notes, a little journaling and other tidbits of information which I will later incorporate into my Project 2012 album. Like my album, I am limiting this logbook to this project and hope to maintain a pretty consistent daily logging process throughout the year. At this point, I’m not planning to incorporate this year’s Time Capsule Weekly Challenges into this particular album and will use my challenge book more for ideas and inspiration than a week-by-week project.
Specifically, I am using the monthly calendar pages to log my exercise routine (time, distance, etc.) and the monthly Bits & Pieces page to jot down experiences I notice made me feel very happy or content (I struggle to find things that feel “fun” to me). On the daily calendar pages, I’m using the large white area for brainstorming, sketching, journaling, list-making or whatever feels right on that particular day, the numbered list at the bottom to jot down actions I’ve taken that day in connection with my 2012 goals list, and the morning/afternoon/evening boxes to highlight anything that day that made me smile Later, when I’m ready to pull together my Project Life 2012 album pages, all of these notes will help jog my memory and give me ideas on what I might like to include in my album.
I am doing something a little different with my logbook this year that I think will really fit my memorykeeping style … I am one of those people that likes to brainstorm, jot down notes, etc. using just a small stack of loose paper, rather than a bound book. I will often stick some plain copy paper into a clipboard and carry that around with me when I’m in the mood to write stuff down. So I started with the loose-leaf edition of the Logbook and instead of binding it or placing it in a 3-ring binder, I instead created a little filebox where I can keep the loose pages and pull out just what I want. The book’s tabbed dividers help keep it all organized and if I want to bind the book at the end of the year, I can still do that.
I love how this box is within reach of my computer chair where I sit all day, right next to my large worktable… not only is it just a couple feet away, but just by seeing it all the time I am reminded to grab the day’s page and jot down notes.
I made the box out of a free Priority Mail shipping box from the local post office plus some 12×12 patterned scrapbook paper that I had on hand. If you’d like to see step-by-step how I did that, I put together a 30-minute tutorial video that will walk you through the process…
That’s where I’m at in my own 2012 memorykeeping … how about you? I’d love to hear about how you’re tackling your own memorykeeping in 2012, so feel free to share in the comments below!
In fact, I’d like to give away a free download of the 2012 Memory Logbook to one lucky winner, so I’ll be doing that next Friday to one random commentor on this post! To be eligible to win, simply share your own memorykeeping status below before 5 p.m. on Thursday, January 12th.
Did You Know? We’ve opened up a new area in our forum for general discussion, including a sub-forum for those interested in 2012 Design Team member Sarah’s Brown’s Recipe 52 project!