Thank you to everyone for your interest in our memory journaling class. I wanted to post our key discussion points as a source of review or inspiration for everyone.
What is memory journaling?
- If a journal and a scrapbook got married, their child would be a memory journal
- Collection of your memories / Photos or memorabilia
- Telling your story in a creative way that is tailored to your lifestyle
- No rules except HAVE FUN
- Creative 15 – Quick 15 minute creative breaks
- Creative outlet to destress, relax, have FUN
- What types of stories?
- Daily / Everyday Life (in place of memory planner or project life)
- Any story you might scrapbook (Learning to do something, special moments, etc)
- Special Occasion (Holiday, family gathering, etc)
- Children’s school accomplishments
- Tribute journals
How do you memory journal?
- What is your journal about?
- What do you remember about that or do you have notes somewhere?
- Have someplace recurring to take your notes, I use a daily/weekly planner from Cocoa Daisy
- Try to document at least 3 things about each day (especially quotes, news, etc)
- Gather photos, memorabilia, notes (a portable printer is very helpful here)
- Gather supplies
- Write & have fun
- MAKE IT A HABIT – 21-60 days to form a new habit
When do you memory journal?
- Depends on type of journal
- Daily – I like to do next day with the notes from my planner
- Travel – At end of trip but take notes during trip
- Special Occasion – Anytime (take notes)
- When does it begin / end?
- You decide that, its undated so start whenever you please
- Daily – Try not to go beyond 1-2 days (if you do, take more notes)
What do you put in a memory journal?
- Cover page
- Daily entries
- Song lyrics
- Currently – (watching, listening, reading, etc)
What supplies do you need?
- Journal / binder – watch the paper weight 120 gsm+ – Something to contain your stories
- Binder w/ punched paper
- Travelers Notebook – multiple sizes
- Discs & punched paper
- Patterned paper
- Lined / dot grid / grid paper
- Pocket cards
- GOOD pen – smooth writing / quick dry
- Sticker paper
- Expand on 5 basics:
- Name everyone in the photo(s)
- Do you remember everyone in your childhood photos?
- Out of the ordinary
- Local customs (travel)
- Day of week
- Special Occasion
- Normal life
- Document if not at home
- Especially important on travel
As you can see, memory journals come in a wide variety of topics and uses. There is NO WRONG way to do a memory journal, but we hope this class gives you some tips and techniques to make your memory journal a little easier, quicker and more fun.
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