Memory Journaling Class Review Notes

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March Memory Journal Cover

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)
    • Travel
    • 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
  • Calendar
  • Daily entries
  • Quotes
  • Memorabilia
  • Artwork
  • Song lyrics
  • Currently – (watching, listening, reading, etc)
  • Photos

What supplies do you need?

Journaling prompts:

  • Expand on 5 basics:
    • Who
      • Name everyone in the photo(s)
      • Do you remember everyone in your childhood photos?
    • What
      • Quotes
      • Out of the ordinary
      • Routines
      • Local customs (travel)
    • When
      • Date
      • Day of week
    • Why
      • Special Occasion
      • Holiday
      • Normal life
      • Vacation
    • Where
      • 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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