Welcome back to my series “Preserving Memories in the Digital Age.” Let me show you the finished pages in my January Memory Planner:
It’s not fancy, but it’s very personal. My 9 year old son commented, “Hey Mom! When we’re all grown up and, like, 50 years old, we will be able to look at this book and remember what we did!” Yep. That’s the purpose!
This is an ongoing series on finding simple ways to preserve memories, document them, and get the pictures out of “phone jail.” I use the Hedid Swapp Memory Planner and the LifePrint phone printer. You can get the complete details on my original post HERE.
Here’s an up close look at some of the pages
I used mailbox numbers. Gasp! The entire color scheme of this planner worked perfectly with black and gold, plus I never throw away craft supplies. So there. I also am not a big fan of “feel good” quotes like “You got this” or “See beauty everywhere” so I cover those up with my own designs.
This is actually the 2-page calendar spread, which I don’t plan to fill in. So I scrapbooked. This scripture in Job 37 jumped out at me during my Bible reading one morning during our intense cold snap (it was 7 degrees in Texas, y’all). I thought it was fitting. The right side of the spread isn’t really anything fancy. I printed out a quote by Sally Clarkson and slipped it into one of those clear double-pocket pages (included in the planner) and used a bit of pretty scrapbooking paper on the calendar page. That’s it. (Snowflake stickers from Michael’s, and washi tape collection from Hobby Lobby.)
The left side of this photo is page 1 in my planner. It’s me. That’s it. The right side is a just a sample of what the pages look like (oh, and my birthday). The gold glitter sticky frame (from JoAnn) is the perfect size for my 2×3 pics from the LifePrint printer.
The last page of January features our garden work. My two youngest kids are my little helpers out there.
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Nicki Truesdell is a 2nd-generation homeschooler and mother to 5. She is a homemaker at heart, and loves books, freedom, history and quilts, and blogs about all of these at nickitruesdell.com. She believes that homeschooling can be relaxed and that history is fun, and both can be done with minimal cost or stress, no matter your family’s circumstances. Nicki is a member of the Texas Home Educators Advisory Board. She also teaches ESL online from home. You can follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.