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Inspiration Station: Making Memories Last

Holiday photos. These days, we just take photos, put them on facebook and then kinda.. forget. Not like the old days when they used to get printed out and you’d put them in your handbag and show everyone you visited and shared the stories behind the photos, you’d be lucky to get a caption on Facebook!

This means the stories behind the photos are lost and generations to come will have a look on Facebook and wonder why Auntie Sheila was wearing a sombrero in Skegness.
Anyway. This is where my new baby comes in. (Not literally, no babies here, just a loud toddler.)
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This is a memory planner by a wonderful woman and brand, Heidi Swapp. At the moment it’s very hard to get hold of them in the UK so I had to order this from the Netherlands. The store was a website called Scrobby.nl and they got this to me within 48 hours! Impressive!
Inside is lots of ways to record special days, months pictures and almost scrapbook your days. A perfect place to stick all those reciepts and special something’s that you take with you because ‘you’ll stick that in a scrapbook someday.’
A lot of people use the memory planners as a way of recording ‘capture 30’ where you journal something every day. It’s a great tool to get you started.
There’s a bunch of amazing accessories to buy for it, including washi tape book (AHH!), a pouch full of embellishments and lots of pockets for all your photos, a little bit like a mini project life.
I even took it on holiday! It’s so compact it’s a great way to journal on holiday without taking a huge case of crafting goodies. All you need is a pen and some glue!
I really recommend all Heidi Swapp items but this one really is opening up new ideas for scrappers! 🙂
Check out my Instagram: http://Instagram.com/mamamakesandbakes to see lots of pages I have made in my own planner.
Happy planning!

Project Life and being a Working Mum

Happy new year, happy holidays and all that madness. Many of us find January as a month of looking back on the year we have just had and finding changes we can make within ourselves in order to be on the road to happiness whether it be a new hobby, new job, losing weight or just thinking more positively.

I have found that I share so much on social media, however not a lot in my scrapbooks. Over the years I have collected scrapbook upon scrapbook and never found the time to sit down, lay them out and stick it all together only to be unhappy and rip it all out. However, one of my Christmas presents this year was the ultimate in scrapbooking, Project Life.

Project Life is a pocket scrapbooking company, developed by Becky Higgins. It is recognised all over the world, you might have seen them in Hobbycraft, on Amazon or even on Create and Craft TV. The binders are colourful, the pockets come in all different shapes and sizes and the cards are stunning with some beautiful sentiments on them, or lined for your own.

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Starting Project Life has had a personal effect on me however. Since going back to work, I have battled with myself as to whether working 12 hour shifts and missing out on my little boy and his rapid development is the right thing. However, completing Project Life has helped me get out all the photos that I would normally just post on Facebook and forget about, look and remember those happy family moments we have every month. Completing the scrapbook helped me take a step back, stop, and view my life from the perspective of someone else and helped me realise that all those hours of work are worth it for those happy family moments we can afford to do. We have a happy, healthy little boy, who is developing well and has had so many amazing holidays and days out to remember forever, now the memories are being kept in my Project Life scrapbook.

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Also for Christmas I got an Instax Camera so I can instantly capture those special moments and not just post them online and forget to get them printed, I can slide them into the pockets and write about that day immediately without guessing dates or places.

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A lady at work said to me once that it’s the quality of time with your children that matters, not the quantity and this has really become clear while completing my Project Life pages. We don’t often have time in our busy lives to take a step back and remember the good times but this has really given me and so many others the chance to.

So thanks Becky Higgins and her team for making me realise that actually I am a good mum, all those tiring hours are worth it and memory keeping can be an emotional journey of reminiscing, not just a fab, fun hobby.