Making Plans to Capture 2012 Memories

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Sarah Brown Challenge Team

This week between Christmas and New Years is usually one of reflection for me. I love to look back on our year, think about what was great and even what wasn’t so great. I’m always filled with gratitude that we have made it through another year.

I also love to look forward to the year to come. There’s something about January 1st that is just so great for new beginnings. I’ve been thinking about some projects I want to try for 2012 and I thought I would share three that I definitely hope to accomplish this next year.

Project Life

I’ve tried to do Project 365 for three years now… and always something happens and I stop. Either I forget to take a picture or life just plain gets in the way and taking pictures isn’t on my priority list at those times. By using the Project Life page protectors, I’m hoping to record life as it happens. I’m not going to worry about a photo a day but rather use the pockets as an instant scrapbook. If I have multiple photos on a day I will put them all in…if I have some fun ephemera I will include that as well.

I’m not going to worry about something for everyday but rather just focus on capturing the little pieces that make our life what it is on any particular day. I’m also really excited about using the Real Life Scrapbooking Weekly Challenges: Time Capsule book to inspire me each week. I really think this will help me think about other everyday items and photos I could be saving.

Recipe 52

For lack of a better name, I’m going to call my next project Recipe 52. I plan on preparing one new recipe each week from my large variety of cookbooks and online resources and documenting these new foods as I try them. I plan on keeping this simple… a photo, the recipe, and a couple of thoughts about the process, how the food tasted, etc. This album will also include recipes that my husband makes or that I help my daughter make. We’re constantly preparing new-to-us foods so I thought it would be a lot of fun to document one of these recipes each week.


Organization is something that I’m constantly striving to get better at. I try to make specific goals based on a certain need, and for the new year I want to focus on my digital scrapbooking supplies. I own ACDSee and plan on organizing my supplies by tagging them in the software (and making backups of my database… I’ve heard horror stories of people losing all of their tags).

The way I hope to accomplish this is by starting with the previews, moving on to the alphas (by tagging just the “a” so I can get a good overview of all of the alphabets I have), and then tagging some individual go-to items such as date stamps, brads, frames that I love, etc. If I finish all of this then I’ll decide where to go to next.

I know there is always a chance of not completing any of these projects and I’ve decided that I will be okay with what I do get accomplished and this time next year I’ll be reflecting on what did and didn’t work for me and what I want to plan for the year 2013.

Do you have any projects you’re planning on working on in 2012? If so I’d love to hear about them…


  1. I LOVE the recipe 52! I have been trying to complete a recipe book for 3 years now. I have it as one of my “intentions” this year. Now that I read your article, I feel more positive about getting mine done. You helped me tone down into a doable project. I, of course had 5 recipes a week… blah, blah, blah. No wonder I haven’t finished. I CAN do 1 recipe a week and have a beautiful book to pass onto my granddaughter… I’m so happy to be here. Thanks…

  2. What a terrific idea ~ recipe 52. My husband and I cook quite a bit also. I have been looking forward to using the challenges and the calendar for several months now and it would seem that now the day has arrived and I have drawn a blank. I am wanting to incorporate Ann Voskamp’s book One Thousand Gifts into my year. Not sure if I plan to keep aseperate notebook or whether I am going to put the “1000” onto my calendar and onto my pages. Decisions, decisions. I am searching here for some different ideas and to touch base with fellow memory keepers.

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