August Memory Journal Catch up…and my page process

Yes, it has been a while. There are too many reasons/excuses why I’ve been gone so long to try to explain, so I’ll just get down to it.

I spent some time in January catching up on May thru July in my Memory Journal and posted the photos on Instagram. So if you would like to see more of these pages, search the hashtag #pajmemoryjournal on my IG account, and you will see just about the entire journal.

I have had a lot of people ask me for a video tutorial on my layering process, but time is a bit of a squeeze right now, its everything I can do to keep up, so the videos will have to wait a bit.

This is a store bought journal insert that I wanted to use up, but the page prep is the same as in the journals I make and sell. I try to prep the entire journal in one sitting to make the process go a little smoother. There’s nothing like cleaning up paint after every page to discourage forward movement!

Either I use this little bubble wrap stamp, paint scrapes, or stenciling as the first layer. I use a makeup sponge to apply the paint to the stamp so it doesn’t get too goopy (I’m pretty sure that’s a word).

I don’t usually do a second layer of paint, but because I’m working with plain paper, I felt it needed a little contrast. I wanted to have a “spray painted” look, so I kept the makeup sponge dry and just did a light stamping with it in spots.

The last prep work layer I do is random pieces of tissue paper. All I use is a glue stick, some wax paper, and a brayer. If you don’t own a brayer, not to worry, all you really need is the wax paper to help you press the tissue paper down so it doesn’t tear because it’s sticking to your fingers.

I understand that I do a lot of these, so I may have left out something…or two, please let me know if you have any questions.

Now, a finished page…

A photo of relaxing in the back yard with wine, business cards from restaurants we ate at, and photos of my grandson playing learning games on my iPad.

There is still a lot I need to learn about memory keeping, and there is so much info out there. So, one of my go to YouTube channels is Traci Reed, she puts out 2 to 3 videos per week! Amazing! You should check her out!

This journal isn’t too terribly exciting, but it’s the accumulation of small moments that gives our lives it’s deepest meaning. (the little schnookims!)

So, there you have it.

I have a few fun changes coming up in my world. I’m still working on the details, but I will be sure to let you know about them soon.

As always, thank you for popping in,

Have an awesome weekend,

~Patty

Keepsake Journal: April

My memory keeping for April went a little awry! Somehow I deleted most of my photos, and lost the ephemera. Due to the frustration of it all, I’m behind…again!

But, I’ve decided to soldier on and make the best with what I have because my little organizer is busting at the seams with the next few month’s goodies.

This is a page spread I made with the brochure from a winery we visited…and club we joined ๐Ÿ™‚ It was my birthday, and my daughter gifted me with a weekend in one of our favorite wine producing spots, Lake Chelan. We shopped, we ate, we talked, we drank copious amounts of wine. Girl’s weekends are the best!

This is the only photo that survived (don’t ask…I have no idea what happened!) The background piece is from a bag some lovely wine came in, I still have the bottle, it was a gift from my daughter. I decided to use a few “scrapbooking” tricks to give my lonely little photo some interest, which I have to say was pretty fun. I’ll be binge watching scrapbooking videos on YouTube soon!

So, since there isn’t much ephemera to work with, I decided to go all out with journaling while I still have the memories. I’m on the road right now, so I’m making due with what I packed. Luckily, I always pack lots of tags!

I attached the tags to vintage milk cap by pulling the strings through the hole, then stapled it to the page with my Tim Holtz “Tiny Attacher”.

Like I said earlier, my little memory keeper is bulging at the seams, so I’ll be getting May started ASAP. There’s a lot going on right now, so it would be great to get caught up, especially with the Holidays looming!

Hope you enjoyed “short and sweet” April,

Thanks for popping in,

Have a great week,

~Patty

Keepsake Journal January Round-Up

I’m brushing the dust off January, and moving on to…February.

I realized that the only way I was going to catch up on this project is if I worked on, and finished, one month per week. I have to give my self goals with deadlines if I want to get anything done. It doesn’t stifle my creativity, it gets me off my procrastinating butt!

And look what I have to show for it…

…finished pages filled with cuteness!

That stamped circle on the left is part of what I salvaged from one of his art projects. He has kind of a “create, seek and destroy” artist method. But what a wonderful way to use kid’s art in your journals!

I wasn’t with him on this trip to the Children’s Museum, I printed this from a text photo. I usually keep my text photos for my *Becky Higgins Project Life app, but I’m not opposed to having multiple pics of this little fella.

Some fun stuff from a trip to Chuck E. Cheese. I had to do some pretty strategic cropping to get this to fit, but it’s finally home. It’s super fun to collect ephemera from my travels, but keeping it all organized can get a bit tiresome. Big win here though!

He wasn’t quite sure what to think of Chuck E. at first, then he wanted to get up on stage with him!

I loved having a library pocket to put journaling tags into from December, so I decided keep that going at the end of each month.

I’m really getting into using up my scrapbook ephemera in here. I’ve been holding onto some of this for years waiting for a home.

This photo is from a visit with our son, I’m not quite sure why I only took a photo of his pooch Murphy, but he’s awfully cute! Lil’ sweetie!

Well, there’s January for you. I’ve done a few more organizing touches to my keepsake journal tote to help move things along faster. I have lots on my plate, as I’m sure you do, so the more organizing we do the better, right!

I’ll be starting on February next week, and I’ll share that as soon I can.

Until then,

Thanks for popping in,

~Patty

 

*I don’t make money of of affiliates (yet), I just like to be helpful! ๐Ÿ™‚

Keepsake Journal With Organization

You may be wondering when I’m going to write a blog post that doesn’t contain organizational tips. Not anytime soon, I’m still trying to get organized (hard to believe, right)! This project almost went to the wayside, marked Done, ย until I scrolled through my photos and realized I still really wanted to keep it going.

These are the times I really want to remember, just the day-to-day fun stuff with some of my favorite people!

Sometimes I’ll add a little journaling to my pages, but not always. The journaling for the photo on the left is under that little tip-in. Anything goes in this journal, it’s just a fun place to hold onto memories.

My biggest problem was having all the bits and pieces spread in different parts of the house. I tried a few options, but this tote really worked out the best. Thisย was my “Random” art journaling tote. I found that a lot of the “randomness” in it worked perfectly with this project, so it wasn’t a difficult shift.

One trick I happened upon was printing the photos with the dates printed at the bottom, super handy! My plan is to work on one month of memories a week until I’m caught up. I’ll toss each month’s ephemera, along with the photos, into this photo keeper until I’m ready to get started.

Because I had put this project on the back burner, it was a bit tricky coming up with some of these fun bits and bobs to art journal with, but I found a few things tucked around my art space. As I run across things, I paperclip them into this insert on the corresponding date, then jot down a note or two.

That library pocket on the right is holding a “To Do” list my daughter made that we were laughing hysterically about. I wrote the date and what we were laughing about on it, then popped it right in (love my pockets!). Many of these are not things I would put in a Project Life album, but definitely fun memories worth keeping and documenting. I hope she re-reads that list one day and laughs all over again!

I jumped ahead date wise with this page spread because I wanted to adhere it to the stronger pages of this journal insert. My grandson made this cute little page, put it up on the wall, then proceeded to tear it off the wall when he was supposed to be napping. I had a hard time rescuing it, but it’s safe now! (Fyi: I think my daughter colored in that flower, he’s more of a sticker boy!)

The little bug-a-boo!

The quality of the photos are not an issue for me with this project, my main concern is to get the memories down before I forget them!

So, there you have it, another bit of my organization. This keepsake journal would still be sitting on a shelf with no hope of getting worked on if I didn’t literally pull it together. Nothing screams procrastination like disorganization in my world.

I hope this post gave you some helpful hints towards pulling some of your sweet memories into a keepsake journal.

No Rules, just get them down!

Thanks as always for the visit,

Have a great week,

~Patty

 

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Gratitude Journal Progress

You know, I almost decided not to write a blog post about my gratitude journal because it’s pretty much all I’ve talked about this year. But then again, it’s pretty much all I’ve worked on this year. Well artistically anyway, so yeah.

I’m happy to say that I’ve made it through the Holidays, and am now poised to get caught up on January. Between the weather and staying busy catching up on everything else around the house, there’s not really too much to document, so that should go pretty fast.

On the left is a remembrance page of a day out shopping with one of my best friends. To the right are tags I collected from my latest wardrobe revamp. This is something that happens about as often as Haley’s Comet, so it was definitely worth noting!

More shopping and dining out with my daughter on the left there, and some Christmas snuggles between my daughter and my grandson on the right.

You may be wondering if I will actually remember any of this in the years to come, which is really valid concern, so I will be covering that point soon…like after a couple of photos soon.

How cute is that!

On the left is a piece from a Christmas card, and on the right is a label from a super tasty beer my son brought over for me to try, so good.

And that’s it for December, whew!

Now to the documenting part…

I decided to use a vintage library pocket to put cards and tags in for journaling.

I adhered lined paper on the back sides. If you look closely, you can see that I journaled under each date that corresponds to my pages. This is new to me, and I love it! There’s nothing earth shattering about my journaling, I just don’t like the way it looks on my pages, so this is a perfect fix for me!

I just gave myself a “high five”…okay, don’t judge me! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve been spending the last month catching up on so many things, #oneword2018, Lara Casey’s PowerSheets, Project Life, my planners, Oy!

I hope to be ready to share how I’m doing my “Word for the Year” soon, I’m still working out some of the details.

So, until next time,

Thanks for popping in,

Have a great week,

~Patty