Like many of us, I am obsessed with photo making by using my phone and camera to capture moments of my family’s everyday life. One day, I saw a “messy memory bank” on my computer and smartphone, so I got the idea of tidying up my memories. I then started to search for ways to preserve my photos in an organized way.
During my research, I accidentally found an Ali Edwards page on the web, and this led me to the undiscovered world of memory keeping that is called documenting – making photographic and written records of your life. I knew about traditional scrapbooking, but I had never heard about this different approach to memory keeping.
Everything started with a project called December Daily. December Daily is a platform that documents the 25 days leading up to Christmas by capturing the spirit of December with one story per day. I found this project’s description on Ali Edwards’ web page, and after watching a short video and photos of it, I realized that this is something I would like to do this year. As a result, I made an order for the album and some additional supplies. This was at the beginning of September when I thought of myself as an early bird, but I was so wrong. Apparently, everything was already sold out at that time, so I was on a waiting list for additional sale. After long waiting, I got my supplies only on the first days of December. Better later, than never. It was a moment of truth for me. I have realized, that this is big, it is not just a niche hobby, it’s the hobby with many people involved. People are doing tutorials and sharing their projects on blogs, vlogs, Facebook groups and Instagram.
I loved the process of making my December Daily album. It made me realize that crafting gives me such a comfort and so much satisfaction.
My initial plan was to document day by day. But the reality was different. As I have already mentioned, my documenting supplies reached me only on December 5. So, initially, I had to catch up. And then, on December 18, we went to Lithuania for extended Christmas holidays, and I was not able to keep up with this project during the Christmas tree decorating, cookie baking, and meeting friends marathon. I resumed my work again after we were back in Dubai. It was very nice feeling to work on Christmas memories as the Christmas mood was forgotten by everyone around. I was able to relive the same memories and had a chance to feel grateful again for what I had experienced. Of course, it is strange to talk now about Christmas period just before Easter, but better later than never.
December Daily is another project I would like to do again at the end of this year. This time, I am going to be smarter and prepare for this project at the end of the summer — “Prepare your winter slides in summer.”
I am happy to share my small discovery with you and show bits of one of the memory-keeping projects I have started recently.
How do you lock memories in your mind? Do you rely on your brain to remember the past when a grandchild asks you a question? Do you keep your photos organized on your phone or computer? How do you deal with the flow of thousands of pictures? How do you keep your memories alive? Please share your strategies with me.