7 JOURNALS FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS LIST

Most people have goals for memory keeping in the new year. I am definitely thinking about mine! I am such a person of habit that I have decided I want to get some kind of journaling book—something I can keep on my nightstand and do for a few minutes before bed. I already have a nighttime routine, so it wouldn’t be hard to add in one more thing.

I looked around Amazon and here are a few I found. I haven’t looked at any of them in person, but they all sound interesting! I can’t wait to start journaling more.

Do you journal? In a blank book or in a journal like the ones below?

EASY JOURNALING {PLUS} FREE LAYERED QUICK PAGE

Journaling is my favorite part of scrapbooking. As much as I adore the gorgeous papers and fun elements, in the end, the photos and journaling are what really matter to me. After eleven years of scrapbooking and watching my children read through our albums, I am convinced even more of the power of journaling. It’s the story behind the photos I want to know.

Over the years I have heard from many of you that you find journaling difficult. You don’t know what to say, how to get started, or how much to share. Here at The Daily Digi we have shared about journaling many times. It is my goal to help you tell your stories.

If you are ever stuck on what to say, one of the easiest things you can do is go back to elementary narrating:

Ask yourself the who , what, when, where, why.

The answers to these questions could be about the photos themselves, why you love the photos, or what you want more of in your life. The possibilities are endless, but as simple as it is, the 5W’s are a great prompt to get your journaling muscles warmed up and ready to go!

And…just to encourage you to get started, you can download this FREE layered quick page. It’s a great combination of a template and a quick page, giving you maximum flexibility. Enjoy!

DOWNLOAD HERE

All About the Cucumber

It was a beautiful night. Our first cool(ish) day in a long time and the breeze and fading sun begged us to have dinner outside. I love our two big picnic tables!

We ate our dinner and talked about memories we have of certain places. It is amazing what the kids do and do not remember. I love hearing all the little details that stick out in their minds. It’s rarely a big Christmas present or a vacation they choose to talk about. Instead, it is all the little moments that make us…US.

And I was reminded, once again, that it’s the small things that tell the majority of our story. Every person, every family — there are little quirks and habits and decisions that shape them into who they are.

My scrapping time is limited these days. I also don’t take pictures nearly as much as I used to. But as I listen to my children talk about all the sweet little details of the years they’ve lived, I am reminded that it is the little moments that make life big. It’s all in the details. It’s all about the cucumber.

It’s weird, I know. But in our family, the favorite snack is — by far — CUCUMBERS. They love them and would eat them all day, every day if I could afford a never-ending supply.

And so, the other day as I chopped another half dozen cucumbers while my two youngest inhaled them, I grabbed my camera. I wanted to capture this seemingly insignificant part of our life because it really is a part of who we are. All those little quirks are.

These are the stories I want to remember. Because life, as quickly as it goes by, is really all about the cucumber 🙂

Telling My Story 4

As I mentioned in our first post in this series, here at The Daily Digi we’ve talked a lot about “All About Me” pages. We’ve talked about our fears, we’ve talked about telling our stories, and we have even shared some simple ways to do it.

But the truth is, I STILL struggle with this. It isn’t that I am really afraid (though I might not be excited to share some of the information with those outside my family), and it’s not that I don’t really know what to say (I rarely run out of words!) For me, the reality is I just don’t think about it and therefore I don’t take the time to do it!

And so, in my question of, “If not you then who?,” I realize once again I am my own memory keeper and I am the only one who can truly tell my story. If I want my children and grandchildren to know who I was, what I thought about, and what beliefs ran deep, I must be intentional in writing those things down.


Every week or two, I’ll share a new template with a new question. I hope that these will enable me to tell more of my story and for you to tell more of yours! And I would LOVE to see what you create!


This fourth question makes us take a hard look at our priorities. We are often so busy with to-do lists, never-ending housework, kids’ schedules, and the frantic pace of typical daily life that we rarely take the time to do the things that we say are most important to us. So, when we ask ourselves what we would do with an entire day with no obligations, we can then naturally move on to other questions such as, “Why don’t I ever put that on my to-do list?” Taking time to assess our priorities and assess how we actually put those into practice is so important. If we don’t, we may end up one day asking, “Why didn’t I take the time to do _________?”


P.S. Don’t forget to grab the SCRAP YOUR YEAR class before it’s too late! It’s only $15 right now!

The Not So Obvious Stories

Sometimes, we just need to look at our photos in a new way.

This can apply to all our photos, but it is especially true when we have photos from events/activities we do on a regular basis. I know I don’t need to take photos on our next hike…but I always will. I can’t help myself.

So when it comes to telling my family’s stories, I choose to look at these commonplace photos and ask myself if there is another story to tell.

I talked about this in my post, A New Lens.

Sometimes, the most important stories we want to tell aren’t the obvious ones.

We get lost in the who, what and where and we forget about the why. We miss the deeper meaning our photos are telling us.

There are little details in our lives, and in our photos, that are so commonplace that we don’t notice them.

It’s kind of like people who live near a train track have the ability to completely tune the noise out, wheras a guest would be distracted.

So every once in a while, I look through my photos and ask,

“What else are these pictures telling me?”

I want to look beyond the obvious story and instead, look deeper. It’s then that I see my most precious memories come to the surface.

Here are a few examples:




What not-so-obvious stories are your photos telling you?

Telling My Story 3


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As I mentioned in our first post in this series, here at The Daily Digi we’ve talked a lot about “All About Me” pages. We’ve talked about our fears, we’ve talked about telling our stories, and we have even shared some simple ways to do it.

But the truth is, I STILL struggle with this. It isn’t that I am really afraid (though I might not be excited to share some of the information with those outside my family), and it’s not that I don’t really know what to say (I rarely run out of words!) For me, the reality is I just don’t think about it and therefore I don’t take the time to do it!

And so, in my question of, “If not you then who?,” I realize once again I am my own memory keeper and I am the only one who can truly tell my story. If I want my children and grandchildren to know who I was, what I thought about, and what beliefs ran deep, I must be intentional in writing those things down.


Every week or two, I’ll share a new template with a new question. I hope that these will enable me to tell more of my story and for you to tell more of yours! And I would LOVE to see what you create!

This third question in our series involves looking at our motivations. What gets us going each day? What inspires us? When everything feels too hard, what pushes us to keep going? It may be our children, our own dreams, or sense of duty, wanting to please others, or even coffee 😉 There is no right or wrong answer! Knowing what motivates us is an important consideration in the commitments we make, the dreams we pursue, and the stress we feel. Maybe our motivations are good ones. Maybe they need to change. Either way, we can’t move forward if we don’t know where to begin.

Telling My Story: No. 2

As I mentioned in our first post in this series, here at The Daily Digi we’ve talked a lot about “All About Me” pages. We’ve talked about our fears, we’ve talked about telling our stories, and we have even shared some simple ways to do it.

But the truth is, I STILL struggle with this. It isn’t that I am really afraid (though I might not be excited to share some of the information with those outside my family), and it’s not that I don’t really know what to say (I rarely run out of words!) For me, the reality is I just don’t think about it and therefore I don’t take the time to do it!

And so, in my question of, “If not you then who?,” I realize once again I am my own memory keeper and I am the only one who can truly tell my story. If I want my children and grandchildren to know who I was, what I thought about, and what beliefs ran deep, I must be intentional in writing those things down.


Every week or two, I’ll share a new template with a new question. I hope that these will enable me to tell more of my story and for you to tell more of yours! And I would LOVE to see what you create!

This second question in our series is about one particular day we would like to relive. Maybe it’s because the day was so incredibly perfect and we want one more chance to experience it. Maybe we chose a specific day because we have regrets and we would do anything for a chance to right some wrongs. Perhaps what we want most is the chance to say goodbye to someone we loved, to hug them one more time, to tell them what they mean to us.

Telling My Story: No. 1

We’ve talked a lot about “All About Me” pages here at The Daily Digi. We’ve talked about our fears, we’ve talked about telling our stories, and we have even shared some simple ways to do it.

But the truth is, I STILL struggle with this. It isn’t that I am really afraid (though I might not be excited to share some of the information with those outside my family), and it’s not that I don’t really know what to say (I rarely run out of words!) For me, the reality is I just don’t think about it and therefore I don’t take the time to do it!

And so, in my question of, “If not you then who?,” I realize once again I am my own memory keeper and I am the only one who can truly tell my story. If I want my children and grandchildren to know who I was, what I thought about, and what beliefs ran deep, I must be intentional in writing those things down.

And so, I created a simple template for myself, ready for me to add little questions and prompts. And if I am doing it for myself, I might as well do it for others. Right?

Every week or two, I’ll share a new template with a new question. I hope that these will enable me to tell more of my story and for you to tell more of yours! And I would LOVE to see what you create!

I chose this for our first question because it takes so many people off guard! I remember being at a meeting with a bunch of other moms, and being the introspective person I am, asked, “What are you really, really good at?” With confused looks on their faces, I explained that we are so quick to tell everyone what we can’t do, what we wish we could do, what we’re bad at (especially as it pertains to mothering!) But how often do we recognize the things in which we excel—as a mother, as a mom, as a friend, as an employee?

Gratitude Journal {week eight}

On Sundays this year at The Daily Digi, we are going to be sharing a FREE weekly gratitude journal spread. These pages are a place for you to record little memories you don’t want to forget, little reasons to be grateful. Each week their will be a gratefulness quote as well as a few photo spots.

You can use these FREE pages in a number of ways:

1) As digital scrapbooking templates. The download will always include .psd files for both 2-page 12×12 spreads as well as 2-page 8.5×11 spreads. You can add your own papers and elements and scrap ’till your heart’s content! (This is also a good option for those of you who get twitchy because I started the week with Friday. Since January 1 is a Friday, I like to start each week that way, but you may not! Feel free to adjust as needed!

2) As a digital journal. Keep the colors and text just as they are. Simply flatten the layers and add your notes of gratitude. Easy peasy!

3) As printed pages. Print out and write on them the good old-fashioned way. There is a .pdf file included for printing two letter-sized pages. Print your photos and attach!

If you have missed previous weeks, grab them HERE.

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If you have used the templates or print-outs, we’d LOVE to see them! Share a link in the comments or EMAIL ME . We just might feature your page!

Be sure to be back next week for your next FREE journal template!