Memory Planning to Document the Little Things

Memory Planning to Document the Little Things
Hello, friends! Memory planning is a wonderful way to document the little things. There are so many things that happen in our daily life that we want to remember but aren't necessarily appropriate for a traditional scrapbook layout or project life spread. Keeping these memories in a planner keeps these little moments from being forgotten and helps to paint the full picture of life at a certain period of time. The beauty of memory planning is that there is no right or wrong way to do it. You don't need a certain planner or certain supplies. Whatever you have, you can use it! Memory planning can focus on certain things like a health and wellness journey, documenting a project like a home renovation or a garden, or it can be more broad by capturing the daily minutia. Your memory planner could include photos, but it doesn't have to! Maybe instead of a photo, you opt for receipt or go a little more heavy on the journaling. You can change it up week to week, or possibly do a monthly memory planner. Are you sensing a theme here? When it comes to memory planning - you do YOU! We have three examples of memory planning to share with you today and we hope it inspires you to begin, or continue, your own memory planning journey. April's memory planner captures her creative style perfectly and will be a treasure to look back on in years to come.   "Memory planning is my absolute favorite project. I used allllll the things in this layout from the Treetop Canopy Collection by¬†layering stamps, then stickers, then journaling. Navy blue, peach, and green were the main colors, inspired by the Treetop Canopy Collection color palette. I started with the navy stamps, layered green leaves next to each stamp, and finished each design cluster with a peach letter sticker (or word). My next step is to hand draw journal lines with a highlighter. After journaling, I fill in the ‚Äúgaps‚Äù with stickers, marker dots, or photos. I love that these pages can easily be completed with or without photos."¬† How gorgeous is this? April does a masterful job of layering embellishments amidst her journaling and photos. Notice that April only has a few photos and, that is ok! Photos are not the only way to tell your story in a memory planner, as April shows here. Natasha is using the Cocoa Daisy Planner and the Poppy Fields Collection to get creative and document her week.  
"For this week’s memory planning layout in my Daisy Planner, I knew I wanted to play on the theme “find the silver lining” and use the colors of the rainbow. I had also recently seen and fell in love with a project done by Odessa and I was so inspired by her use of labels and how she staggered them throughout her traveler’s notebook pages to create movement.
With these pieces of inspiration, I got right to work in gathering my supplies and printing and cutting my photos. This week, I went with black and white photos which I edited with my iPhone photo settings and then put into the app, PicFrame. The PicFrame app sorts your photos in a collage format which I save to my phone and print via my Canon Selphy. For the weeks when I have poor quality photos, or a lot of color on the page I often opt for black and white photos.
To bring the rainbow to life and get a layered look I use a few repeated elements in reds, oranges, yellows, greens and shades of blue. I used the following throughout to repeat the colors and to pull the layout together:
1. labels
2. enamel dots
3. repeat stamping
4. alpha stickers/stamps
5. patterned papers to matte my photos
I pulled these items mostly from the Poppy Field Classified: Memory Kit and the Treetop Canopy Classified: Memory Keeping Kit, too! For the repeat stamping, I used the stamps set from Treetop Canopy Traveler's Notebook Memory Keeping Kit. I finished the layout by stamping the phrase in the bottom left corner with the Alpha Stamp Set t paired with some alpha stickers.
When using lots of colors, using repeated elements/products is a great way to get all the fun and color while making it look cohesive. Hope you give it a try on your next project!" It's an inspiration train over, Natasha was inspired by Odessa, and now we are so inspired by what she created. Using black and white photos and creating a repeat pattern of elements are both great tips for designing a rainbow spread that feels balanced.
  As a memory planner myself, I love the structure the planner page provides, with the freedom to mix it up every week. Like Natasha, I, too am using the Daisy Planner¬†to document my year. I have used both the horizontal and vertical spreads for memory planning, but this week, I am back in the vertical format. I am always so inspired by pocket page memory keepers, that I like to try and recreate that look in my memory planner.¬† I had more than one photo for Monday, so I decided to use the sidebar as part of my grid pattern for Monday. I wanted to add some highlights for the week, something I often put in the sidebar, so I simply found a different spot! I didn't have much to document for Saturday, so I used the Saturday box for my weekly highlights.   Similar to Monday, I had several photos for Friday, which meant I could mirror the grid layout I created on the left page. A trip to the beach spoke for itself, so I stuck with photos and a decorative box, trimmed down from one of the Treetop Canopy Pocket Cards.¬†Pockets are a great addition to your memory planning. For Sunday, I trimmed a pocket card and used both pieces to document how I was currently feeling after a week of mixed emotions. I also used one of the prompt stickers from the Treetop Canopy Memory Keeping Sticker Kit to list when I am happiest.¬† My family experienced the loss of a loved one this week and I wanted to document this moment, too. But I also wanted to keep my thoughts a little more private. To do this, I made a flip using paper from the Treetop Canopy Traveler's Notebook Memory Keeping Kit and adhere the top .25 inch to the page. The quote from the Treetop Canopy Memory Keeping Sticker Kit was a perfect way to frame this flip and complete the page. If you are looking for more inspiration, I have a Memory Planning playlist of my YouTube channel featuring many of the Cocoa Daisy Kits in my memory planner. Are you memory planning in 2021? Share with us how you are documenting the little things by tagging @cocoa_daisy on social media or posting to the Cocoa Daisy Fan Page. If you are looking for more inspiration, make sure to check out the Cocoa Daisy Pinterest Board, too!


Rachel, Memory Keeping Team Blog Coordinator