Its taken me months to get around to sharing my (Heidi Swapp) Memory Planner album for 2014...
almost 5 months to be exact.
Last year I had a real love / hate relationship with Project Life.
My thoughts were jotted down here...but in brief I realised the Project Life format I had adopted just wasn't for me...although the I loved the concept and felt recording our life was so important.
Then I saw the Memory Planner for the first time....and decided I wanted to give it a go...it is compact...partially done...and in my opinion far less overwhelming.
Of course I was very rusty with the project life style of recording...so its taken me a while to find my groove... I also needed to shelve my 'everything must look perfect' attitude and just get on with it.
So here is where I am at this far....
(for those who haven't seen a memory planner album before... they consist of a page full of prompts and a calendar page for notes.... with a plastic divided sleeve sandwiched in between for your photos and memorabilia. You can see them in detail here... and see some of the amazing work by Heidi's Media Team in their Memory Planners here.)
So I began January a little rusty.... but nevertheless....I recorded it.
I added in my Project 365 collage from my phone and some other little notes ..
My poor baby had her wisdom teeth out this month...and looking back now its a reminder of how swollen and miserable she was.
I got a little into the swing by February...
I stuck with my plan of adding my Project 365 collage...and also added some artwork of the girls.I even added some interactive flappy bits to hide more of my notes.
Then came the mammoth month of March....
I had SO much I wanted to include..that I ended up going totally crazy with interactive flaps..and added in a Heidi Fotostack so I could include lots and lots of photos.
I think one of the coolest things about March...other than Henrys birthday and escape2create retreat was meeting Heidi and Kim at the Spotlight Craft Month event in Adelaide and getting their autographs right here in my planner album.
Then it was April...and finally I felt as though my confidence had grown...and I was settling into the process...I had let go of the hatred of my handwriting and embraced it instead.
I also took advantage of Heidi's monthly memory planner free printable for the first time...and inspired by Kim I added in a QR code and some little cards and notes I had received using a bulldog clip pinned to the spiral binder.
...and now its May..
I'm excited about adding my memories and notes no matter how small...scribbled in my own writing... with a collection of the everyday little bits and pieces of our lives.
I am also loving catching sight of other memory planner albums as I fritter away some of my leisure time online.