Shellie: RED Pocketed Memory Keeping - January 2015

I can't believe I'm actually posting this.  I was beginning to think I'd never get this finished. My pocketed memory keeping has been a real challenge for me this year. Last year was my first year and I followed a more traditional path, using a Project Life kit for half the year and a 6x8 format. This year I have had a hard time committing. I’ve considered and committed and started then changed my mind at least 4 times already.  I think that this 5th time is it.  No, I mean it is it.  I'm not starting over again. It’s frustrating and also, I am so tired of working on the month of January for 6 whole months.

Too many options is never a good idea for me and there have just been so many. In the end, what started out as hybrid 6x8 has turned into fully digital 12 x 12 layouts. I did make the cards individually though so if I decide later to print them out and put them into a binder, they will be set and ready to go.  (I'm big on lessons learned the hard way and this was one of them.)

This year I’m still not doing the traditional week by week method that many use. It just doesn’t work out for me because I have bursts of activity within often several days or weeks of nothing much to talk about. Last year I just did a whole month at a time with no consideration for date order. This year I’m treating it kind of like a visual journal. It’s totally chronological and steam of consciousness. If I had something for the 4th I posted it. If I didn’t, I skipped that day or days as it may be. And because of the calendar like style, I'm calling it my R.E.D. Yearbook.

January ended up as 3 and a half spreads. I also included a full photo page as the cover and hope to continue this trend for each month, showcasing one photo.

Here is my cover. This day actually fell toward the end of the month and shows a day we stopped by the beach in Destin. It was windy and cold out there but still so beautiful. My style this year isn’t totally embellishment free but there is definitely less going on than my usual.

January cover only

Spread 1 covers January 1 through 9 and includes a finished spinning project, some super cute pictures of my niece KK and some photos that I actually didn’t take myself, but still treasure and wanted to document – my Granny’s 92nd birthday where she was able to meeting KK for the first time. She was so excited. (If you click on the 3 spreads, it will take you to a large image.)


Spread 2 covers January 10 through the 20th and includes a lot of random days including a new knitting project started, some favorite meals and a funny story about my nieces shower visor. I also celebrated 4 years at my job on the 20th. On days where I didn’t have a date noted, I’ve added the day number somewhere around the image or card. This continues my journal theme for the year.


Spread 3 covers January 21st through 25th which was a weekend spinning retreat I attended with friends in Destin, Florida, about an hour and a half away from my home. I specifically wanted this spread to only include these days and that did admittedly take a tiny bit of finagling. But I do like the way it turned out. This is an example of why I’ve chosen this particular method of documenting. Much of the month was filled with everyday things. As I don’t have a significant other or children, I don’t have a ton of things going on that I might document daily or even weekly. But usually once or twice a month something fun happens and those things end up being the showcase of my month.


This particular event involved a few hundred ladies (and gentlemen) and a few hundred spinning wheels in a ballroom at a resort in Destin. It was my first year attending and it was actually a very fun and relaxing weekend. You spin when you want, you eat when you want. There was literally no schedule. We just hung out and enjoyed our common love of all things yarn and fiber-y. It was great all around.

The half of spread 4 worked out perfectly, closing out the month and setting up my non-existent binder where my showcase photo for February will fill the opposite page as it should. This last page has a few sweet photos of my niece, monthly bunco night and the last two days are back to back airline tickets booked for trips with Gina. Those were exciting days, even though they didn’t involve actual photos.


With this, my January 2015 RED Pocketed Memory Keeping is a wrap. Thank God. It only took 6 months. But now that I’m in the swing of things, I’m hoping the rest of the year doesn’t take so bloody long to catch up.

Does anyone else do strictly digital?