Monthly Roundup Memory Sheets 2016

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It’s that time of year again that I start a new set of Monthly Roundup Sheets. Looking back through them I am so glad I started writing those little things down. I have dozens and dozens of pictures but it is the story that goes with them that I hope to never forget. Jotting it down helps me keep track of those events and memories that seem to slip through our fingers so fast these days. Now I just need to find the time to get them into an album!

Click image below for your very own 2016 set of Monthly Roundup sheets.

Monthly Roundup Memory Keeping Sheets 2016

Celebrate the Season 2015

‘Tis the season. The countdown to Christmas and time to start thinking about my annual Celebrate the Season album and start gathering supplies.

While I love Ali Edwards December Daily tradition, I have more of a process that isn’t so daily, shall I say. I am all about telling my story and preserving traditions but daily is just too much of a commitment for me. I take a more sporadic approach to record the ways we celebrate the Countdown to Christmas and in no particular order including Thanksgiving and New Years. I love recording the traditions we honor, the memories we make and the way we celebrate the holidays all the way up to the New Year. I am so grateful for the motivation to start doing this back in 2005. Those memories are just so precious.

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As I am unpacking my boxes I am discovering many, many, many (don’t tell my husband) 12 x 12 papers, embellishments and scraps that I realized I shouldn’t need to shop for anything for this album this year. I am going to challenge myself to use up what I have. I am even considering putting the pages into another album I already have as a continuation of our holiday traditions.

My process:

  1. Use what supplies I have. I have many leftover from the last couple of years and as I am unpacking my boxes it is like Christmas around here as I uncover many of my papers I didn’t even remember I had.
  2. Pick a theme – I am going to pick 3 basic colors and find papers in those shades and will hopefully be able to throw in some non-traditional colors this year as accents, think gold and light blue.
  3. Keep it simple.
  4. Set a goal of finishing it this year by the end of January.
  5. Print out pictures from last year….that goes without saying, unfortunately. Going to use the Walgreens app on my phone. Incredible 1 hour turnaround, sometimes even faster! And maybe finish last years while I’m at it :-).
  6. Give myself a hall pass on documenting every little thing and focus more on enjoying the moments and making the memories, not so much on the process.

So what do you want to document about this holiday season?

Many new memories to be had this year with a completely different climate then what we are used to. No snow, shoveling, bundling up, wind chills or snow days off from school.

Monthly Roundup Memory Sheets

I am a habitual list-maker. Ask my husband, I probably have 45 post-it notes all over the house (and a drawer full of notepads) with lists for just about anything you (I) can think of. I am also a reluctant scrapbooker. I love the thought of it, just never seem to have the time.

And with age I am starting to forget those little moments that I want to remember so I started writing things down in one spot to keep with my photos (that I do manage to print out) so when the planets align and I can spare a few moments I have everything in one place and everything recorded. So when you marry my love for list-making (or my lack of memory, you decide) and my love of documenting our family you get this:

Monthly Roundup Memory Sheet

I created these Monthly Roundup Memory Sheets and decided they were too great not to share. So record all your family moments on one sheet for each month and when it is done you can simply store it with your photos until your planets align and you have time to scrapbook or you could even add the entire sheet right into your scrapbook. It does have your handwriting after all. There is a whole set for the year. So start documenting those moments.

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And a reminder to myself that life’s moments are fleeting. Don’t forget to savor them while preserving them.