Welcome to another week of this fabulous Pink Paislee Creative Team sharing their take on that Memorandum Memory Notebook. I am eager to show you how these pages have been turned into not just a memory notebook, but a future notebook too.
With the small tribe we call the Pate Family, there are lots of schedules, different school calendars and one child in this sports program and this child at that community theatre. But not only that…not only that…these kids have goals. And I have goals for them. Let me share with you how I used these pages to fit all the above in and help me keep even MY heart and mind straight when it comes to these kids who rock my world.
I began right inside the first tabbed page. September is the official start to our academic year here in the States. So that’s just where I started.
Although this memory notebook is all about my kids, it’s my notebook. This book is for my use and memory keeping and goal planning. Since I home school a couple of our children, I need some inspiration, can I hear an amen? This Gallery Print is the perfect sentiment for me to keep my mind focused and to remember why I do what I do. It is adhered inside the first page, and then adorned with a label, washi tape, gold clear stickers, and paper punches all from the Memorandum Collection.
The page across from there is sort of a TO DO page. A photo of my kindie kid is included as this is his first year of school. I used this page for jotting down things I still needed to get done before too much of the academic year got underway.
Here are a couple of ways to customize this page:
- staple a photo under one of the Gold Frames and clip to the page
- trim a square of pattern paper and add washi tape as a reminder to dream
- find a quote you need and love. tape it to the page with washi and use the under space for additional notes
- use the journal spaces for bullet points and to do lists
The next spread is the month at a glance calendar. It is undated and not marked with the month, so its ready to start any time of the year. The Memorandum Collection includes a 3-pack of clear stickers that have clear numbers. I added the gold numbers to mark my calendar days. TIP: when adhering the clear stickers, lift sticker with a paper piercer. That way you are less likely to get your finger print and smudge on the sticker. Place sticker where desired while still on piercer.
My daughter is running cross country this fall. I made a cluster of embellishments that is attatched to a label and adhered to the page. I then clipped a journal block trimmed from pattern paper to use to jot down her place and times this season. This would be where the memory part comes in.
A die cute was used to mark the month: September. The year was penned in. The calendar is used to jot down each of my kids schedules or where we need to be what day. Seriously, I look at this every day to help me stay on task. I really need a personal assistant.
The next page spread is simply titled ‘notes’ and looks like traditional notebook paper. This portion is used to keep this months schedule recorded of the two students I have at home. Our daily schedules tend to ebb and flow depending on the time of year, or the busy-ness of the month. I am not likely to run our days at home the same the whole year. But I like to keep track of where we were each month. This is a great space to do just that.
I made the pocket insert with Memorandum Patterned Paper; it’s all about reuse and recycle. I needed a place to stash fund raiser information, cross country schedules, upcoming event brochures, etc. The Cinch is perfect for making notebook holes and then simply cut into the hole with one cut, and pop it onto the existing spiral ring.
Even the little guy gets his own schedule. Kids love and respond to routine so much. I have to admit, this time around it’s a little harder to keep me on track with my Kindie. But having a schedule to refer to daily at least gives me a parameter for staying focused. This page is not much embellished. A label (only because I am terribly addicted to labels) and an ampersand from Memorandum pattern paper adds a bit of adornment. Cause as I say, it’s gotta be pretty.
This will forever be my favorite page I am thinking for this Memory Notebook. My kid page. All my kids in one place right now with goals and hopes written right next to their photos. Ah…my heart!
As the new school year settled down, I began to listen to my kids and take note of things they were verbalizing. I always encourage them to write them down. So why don’t I? Some of the goals/dreams on here are their very own. But some are my very own as I observe them right now and where they are and what as a Mom I think they should be striving for. The power of writing down our desires is beyond measure. We may not even have the idea full figured out, but to put the thought with pen to paper causes this reaction with our minds, and we subconsciously begin to work towards the effort.
So my challenge to you today…if you are a mama, and you have a kid or two (which of course is what makes you a mama)…or you are a Grandma or a most fabulous aunt…write down your kiddos goals. Record what they are doing right now. Plan out a calendar to get a broad view of family life and activity. Ponder. Think. Plan. But most of all, write it all down.
collection used: Memorandum