Memory Journal Spread Using Peach Ridge Memory Keeping Kit

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By the time I was 12 years of age, I had already lost all four of my grandparents. At that time and age, I didn’t even think about memory keeping in the sense of scrapbooking. Rather memory keeping was putting photos into albums to look back on. What I know now is that those photos no longer tell a story if those who are in the photo are gone; and their story was never recorded.

It wasn’t until my mother had gone into a nursing home that I started thinking about my family, our history, our story. That is when I started dabbling in memory keeping and memory journaling. I knew that I didn’t really want to get into the whole scrapbooking craze but then I discovered memory keeping in a travelers notebook. So today I want to share with you how I do memory keeping using a kit.

Before we start, I just want to say (coming from a previous anti-journaler) that there are a lot of benefits to journaling. I touched briefly on this subject in the Creative Art Journal Page Ideas Using Watercolors post. To get started all you need is a notebook and pen/pencil. The best part is you can make your journal as simple or complicated as you want -it’s your journal and it’s entirely up to you.

My only issue with journaling is deciding what notebook to put my memory into; I know….that’s not a “real” issue. But as a lover of all things paper and stationery, it’s important to me. I currently have Cocoa Daisy travelers notebook kit inserts, Planner Perfect travelers notebook inserts that I use more for creative art journaling (where I usually use watercolor paints), bound books and planners.

For memory keeping, I mostly use the No. 6 or standard size travelers notebook. Although when I get a thought in mind for a layout I tend to put it into the notebook that makes the most sense (based on size, intricacy of the design, whether I have pictures, etc.).

I’ve been a Cocoa Daisy subscriber since about May 2021. I used the May kit, called “tranquility”, to not only set up my memory keeping journal (for that month); but also my garden journal and planner and I still have lots of bits, bobs and papers left to use on other projects. There’s just so much goodness in each kit! What I love most about the Cocoa Daisy travelers notebook memory keeping kit is that I get everything I need to start preserving my families’ memories.

Here’s What You Get in The Memory Keeping Kit

  • A standard sized No. 6 insert (measures 8.25″ x 4.375″); it comes with mixture of kit designed papers, as well as lined, dot grid and blank pages; it has 32 pages which means you could do a journal a day if you wanted
  • An inspiration sheet with layout ideas and instructions
  • 10 (6×8″) sheets of exclusive paper
  • Exclusive stamp set
  • Exclusive washi tape
  • A variety of embellishments and accessories that coordinate with the journal insert and may include alphas, die cuts, decorative stickers, enamel dots, stencils, tags, puffy stickers, and more.

When I received the August 2021 peaches themed kit, called “peach ridge”, it reminded me of a childhood memory of my grandmother. The journal spread I’m sharing with you today was based on that memory in which she had given me some canned peaches and buttered toast for breakfast one day (after a sleepover).

For this memory journal spread I “recreated” that childhood breakfast; although I think I may have let the toast cool too long because the butter isn’t quite melted. LOL! Before devouring this deliciousness, I grabbed some photos and printed them on my Canon Ivy mini printer. What I love about this little printer is the zink photo paper can actually be used as a sticker -right?! {mind blown}

But let me just be upfront here on that little printer. I didn’t even know it had a sticker backing until after I had taped down more photos than I can count now. So imagine my surprise when I figured it out.

Once I selected the page that matched in colors perfectly, it was just a matter or arranging the photos and adding in some sticker die cuts (ephemera) that matched with my journal theme and had some great quotes on them. Lastly, before any writing went down, I just had to use that large ampersand -can we just give all the heart eyes to that die cut?! Love it so much.

I finished off the left side page by using a rubber ink stamp pad in a complementary color and just rubbed it along the edges. This spread really came together quite easily and I honestly think that is because of all the extra goodies from the memory keeping kit.

Supplies Used

When I journal I also like to use the stamps that come in the kit, as well as working on my lettering and handwriting. We’ve become an electronics world and these two arts have gone by the wayside. I can’t tell you the number of kids graduating who can’t spell or even write legibly. It’s so so sad. But that’s a whole other post that I’m not even going to dive into!

What kind of memory keeper are you? Do you prefer the 12×12 papers? A wire bound book? Or do you not even do any memory keeping?

If you are inspired to create a memory journal page don’t forget to share by tagging me on Instagram and using #btdinspired, I’d love to see your work (and I just might repost your photo)!

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