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Supplies: Not Pictured by Allison Pennington, Fonts are Blackout and The Only Exception

We live in a family of daily and weekly routines. I know there are many families like mine, where the day-to-day doesn’t vary much.

From a scrapbooking perspective: What memories should we capture then? Can we maintain momentum on a project like P365 or Project 52? I think so!

I do a weekly double-page spread using the simple gridded style of pocket scrapbooking. Here are some ways that I’ve documented our routines and daily happenings in our family.

Incorporating the Random

I try to take photos most days of the week, but February is historically my slowest photo month. This year was no exception. Some weeks, like the one below, I only had a handful of photos to use. Worse still, I didn’t take many notes about the week – even scanning my email and Facebook and phone didn’t help. I managed to put together this weekly layout by relying on a few random lists and quotes:

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Supplies: Pockets Stitched No. 6 by Valorie Wibbens, Pagekraft by One Little Bird, Kraft Edition Project Life

I filled out the week with ideas like:

  • Movies I had seen in the year to date
  • A list of 10 movies I love
  • A few random quotes from my kids
  • Noting how much we love pasta in the winter (since that is one thing I did take a picture of during the week)

I don’t take the idea of Project 52 too literally – I scrap a weekly spread, but every photo and piece of journaling doesn’t have to be perfectly tied to the week. If it relates to my life in the general time period, I’m okay with including it. For example, I think there is value in noting the movies I’ve watched to date. It’s not something I want to document each and every week, but a round-up on the occasional weekly layout is a nice reminder for the future.

Rely on Photos to Document the Now

I must have been feeling bad about the general lack of February photos, because at the very end of February and into March, my volume of photo-taking dramatically improved.

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Supplies: Pockets Stitched No. 6 by Valorie Wibbens, Pagekraft by One Little Bird Designs, Midnight Edition by Liz Tamanoha

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Supplies: Pockets No. 6 Stitched by Valorie Wibbens, Pagekraft by One Little Bird Designs, Kraft Edition Project Life by Tiffani Smith, Black & White: Labeled by Michele Godin, Date It by Penny Springmann, Doodlings 1 by Emily Merritt, Get Artsy by Jenn Barrette

These were weeks where “nothing” happened – no birthdays, anniversaries, job changes, house moves, babies born, or any other one of life’s major milestones. Just regular weeks in the life of our family.

To document the weeks, I took photos of the little moments:

  • Us on our commute
  • My daughter modeling clothes at the mall
  • The result of a major snowstorm
  • The before and after of cleaning out my pantry
  • A few incredibooth (an iPhone app) shots
  • My kids being silly
  • The messy spots and neat spots in my home
  • Food prepared and enjoyed

I like these pages. They’re some of my favourites in my album because they’re so *us*, right now.

Other People’s Stories

During the week below, I borrowed the photos and story of the hockey game from my husband and it takes up 1/4 of the weekly layout.

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Supplies: Pockets Stitched No. 6 by Valorie Wibbens, Pagekraft by One Little Bird Designs, Midnight Edition by Liz Tamanoha

My project is about my family, but it’s clearly in my voice. Sometimes though, big things happen to my husband or my children, and I want to share them. I ask to borrow copies of photos from friends and family for situations where I don’t have any of my own and most of the time they’re happy to provide them to me. For journaling, I’ll ask them about what happened and then retell the story on a journaling card. I enjoy how these stories add context to the overall project album.

Note the Little Moments

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Supplies: Pockets Stitched No. 6 by Valorie Wibbens, Pagekraft by One Little Bird, 4×6 Photo Collages No. 1 by Designs by Lili, Seafoam Edition Becky Higgins Project Life

I won’t always be the mom to two small children. Already I can see that the little baby days went by in the blink of an eye. I suspect the years of raising school agers will go by just as quickly and then I’ll have teenagers. As much as I may wish to try, I can’t stop the clock. The only thing I can do is note the moments and savour them.

If you’re interested in more ways to document your daily life, try these past articles: