Fresh Start | How I Document Our Week
Hello, hello everyone!
Maggie here with a look at how I’m documenting our everyday this year!
After having kept a day-to-day log of what goes on in the life of my family in a Memory Planner for the past few years, and, after having changed my approach to that memory-keeping each of those years, I think I’ve finally settled on a way that is working out GREAT for me.
At least for now…
This year I’m working in the Heidi Swapp Fresh Start Classic Boxed Kit Planner.
This book is not only drop dead GORGEOUS, but it’s also everything I really need in a daily memory keeping planner.
It’s big enough to store both memories and photos, but it’s not so big that I’m overwhelmed by it.
And each week’s daily spaces are the perfect size for me to jot down what’s important.
Along with Heidi’s new collection of sticker books, this planner is exactly what I need to record our 2018.
There are a variety of new Fresh Start sticker books available, but these 3 are my absolute favorites.
They contain a mix of large and small stickers, in a variety of colors and designs, and, with just a quick flip through, you’re sure to find the perfect embellishment.
I just added this photo because I love that page…(smile)…and it’s a good reminder.
Let’s take a look at February from the beginning of the month.
About a week or so ago, I asked on my Instagram (@maggiemassey) how you guys use your Month-At-A-Glance pages in your planners. I got a bunch of different answers, but it looks like a lot of you are using it the same way I am…as sort of a “catch-all” for random photos/stories from the month.
The photo above shows my February so far.
There’s really no rhyme or reason to these pages. I’ll add a photo wherever there’s room and a bit of a caption…and I make sure to add the date as well, if necessary.
Here are some of my February pages…
I found that I am so much more apt to stay up-to-date in my Memory Planner if I document each day as it ends. If I wait a week – or even a few days – to get our memories down, I’m way more likely to put it off, or to forget altogether.
So…everyday it is.
Even though I try to make each day look a little different than the one before it, I do follow a certain formula in my planner documenting.
*I start by writing down the major events from the day. I do this in the gridded portion of the day’s space.
*Next, I’ll add a small photo – if I have one. Not all days, especially those ordinary ones we seem to have so many of this time of year, have a photo. If there is a special event on that day, say, the Superbowl, or the start of the Olympics, I’ll google an image and print that out to add to my planner. Or I’ll come across a meme on IG or FB that I just love and I’ll print that out.
*Then I’ll sort through my stickers books and stamps and add a few little pieces to my day.
And that’s really it!
Each day has taken me maybe 20 minutes at most to finish, and it’s really worth those minutes to me to know that I’m caught up.
When the day is basically done, I love to go back and add a little color to individual words or phrases. I’ll trace around an important word using markers/colored pencils, or I’ll highlight a phrase using my Mildliners.
I really like the color it adds to my pages…
I’ve even tried adding a bit of brush lettering to my pages.
This, however, is not my forte. And I’m not super-thrilled with how it turned out…but, whatever.
Maybe next time I’ll try practicing a bit more before I commit to an actual spot in my planner.
Aw, who am I kidding? I don’t have that kind of patience.
Here’s my last entry before I wrote this post.
Simple, easy & completely doable.
One quick tip…especially if you’re using this coil-bound planner for your memory-keeping.
I’ve decided to create a little pocket at the end of every month to hold all of the little odds & ends that I’ve accumulated. It’s just a piece of patterned paper, cut to size and adhered to my page along the bottom and sides.
You could also create a fold-out pocket and use your Cinch to punch holes and add it straight into your coils, but this was way faster, and I had only a few things from January that I wanted to keep.
And that’s it…
6 weeks in and I’m still going strong.
I hope you’ve enjoyed taking a look at how my 2018 Memory Planner is coming along…and I hope I’ve inspired you to continue on with documenting your daily life!