Happy Friday sweet friends!
I’m back today with another blog post related to memory keeping. A couple of weeks ago I blogged about my love for the Heidi Swapp Storyline collection for documenting memories and occasions. You can find that post HERE.
I use that system in conjunction with the Happy Planner™ Memory Keeping system and these two brands/systems work PERFECTLY for me. Between the two, I’m documenting everything.
So…let’s talk. I know y’all have a lot of questions about this system and I’ve heard plenty though my social media channels, as I’ve been sharing for a bit.
Here are some of the main questions I’m often asked. Throughout the questions I’ve scattered the photos of the pages of my album.
Q: Why are you using a planner for memory keeping? Are you writing down your appointments? How is this different than scrapbooking?
A: It’s not. This isn’t a planner. It’s manufactured by the Happy Planner™ which is a planner brand, but this is scrapbooking. It’s everyday memory keeping. It’s another form of PL, or pocket scrapbooking, or journaling. This is not my planner. This is an album, a way for me to document every day. To learn more about how I use actual planners, read HERE.
Q: What size is this book?
A: Covers – 9” x 11.25” Pages – 8.5” x 11” Rectangles- 1.89″x 2.95″ (close to 2×3 but not quite. That’s why this punch comes in handy) . This means I’m not putting HUGE albums on my shelves. An entire bound book covers a year.
Q: What if you need more room to document?
A: There is a pre-punched cardstock pad I use to add extra room for documentation (see kraft colored page below) . There are also page protectors/photo inserts and you can add ANYTHING to your book using this border punch.
Q: What do you use to embellish your spreads?
A: I use the sticker packs that match this system. They have everything you could possibly need to make your spreads pop. The labels are from my own stash.
Q: What do you do if you don’t have enough photos and memories to fill all of the spots?
A: Sticker packs to the rescue! I can add quotes, decorative boxes, borders, etc.
Q: What do you use to print your photos?
A: Until recently I was exclusively using my Polaroid Zip . I loved it because it prints photos almost the exact right size for the boxes and you just print and stick. HOWEVER. Recently the prints have been coming out realllly crappy. I’m not sure why and I’m not pleased. I did start a new pack of film the other day and the prints were better so who knows what is going on. I also use my HP Envy printer but I don’t really love it and I’m in the market for a new printer- suggestions welcome!
Q: Where can I buy the Happy Planner goodies?
A: Directly from The Happy Planner website or at Michael’s.
Q: What do you do if you get behind?
A: I’m more than three weeks behind right now. EEEEK! I add sticky notes (these are from the Target Dollar Spot) and quickly journal on them to jog my memory later.
Here are some detail shots so you can see how I embellish. I LOVE to layer stickers directly on the photos:
If I have a photo that is too small, I just use a sticker from the sticker book as a frame!
Again, all of these cute embellishments come in the sticker packs!
I also filmed a little flip through for y’all. This will give you a good idea of how it all flows together. If you have ANY questions, ask below. I’d love to help!!! I’m so thrilled to be back to documenting!