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Simple Memory Keeping Ideas

Simple Memory Keeping Ideas

Just like that, and I’m the mother of a one-month-old.
memories jasper one month

My post with his birth story got deleted when I changed web hosts. Long story short if you missed the post: Surprise! I have a baby! Jasper Jerald was born on January 11 with quite some doing… Low heart rate for him led to an emergency c-section for me. Even at full term he’s a tiny peanut- He weighed just 5 lb 13 oz at birth.

And now, all of a sudden, he’s a month old. Time is flying by. I cried when I packed his preemie clothes last week and I can’t imagine what I’ll be like in just one more month leaving him at child care.

I’ve gotten to be very sentimental and want to hold on to every memory, but that feeling is tempered with knowing I could easily be overwhelmed when I head back to work. The last thing I need is a guilt trip about falling behind on scrapbooking, so I have chosen a few simple ways to keep memories.

memories simple scrapbook

First is A Question a Day for Moms. I wanted to get a 5-year journal but I have tried and failed to keep up with them in the past. This is better because it has the nostalgia of a 5-year journal, but there is a prompt on every page. If I get a few days behind I can easily catch up. (Now that I’m flipping through I’m realizing I’m about two weeks behind… oops!) The questions are sometimes cute and sometimes thought-provoking. Overall I am pleased!

One of my favorite things is the junk journal I am keeping for Jasper.

memories simple scrapbook junk journal

I found a two-hole punch at a thrift shop (but here’s a link to a similar one) and simply punch and jot a note on papers as they come in. On the front of this book, you can see the pregnancy test I took and the front of a card from a baby shower. Sometimes I punch and save whole cards and sometimes I use the front side for journaling.

memories simple scrapbook punch

Above is an example of where I journaled on the back of the front of a card. I also tore out my planner page from where we worked on brainstorming baby names in the hotel room the night before he was born. I’ve saved the card from his hospital bassinet, his first valentine from his cousins, and the invitation from his first social event, among many other things. The book is getting thick already, but I can always just get bigger rings if I need to.

Another way I am saving memories is with a very simple calendar.

memories simple scrapbook calendar

I love this undated calendar that I purchased from Amazon. It’s great for babies because it can start at any time. I just jot things down as they happen… Appointments we went to, visitors, and firsts.

I’m using a bit of technology as well. I made Jasper his own private Instagram account (bear with me here…) Not because I am interested in having an insta-famous baby, but because I plan to order Chatbooks.

Chatbooks sends neatly printed books of pictures uploaded from your computer, phone, or from social media. I want to have printed pictures of Jasper but do not want the pressure of figuring out how to organize them.

The commercials are hilarious and so relatable.

You can even have Chatbooks automatically send you books that they print directly from your social media. I plan to do a bit of editing, but the option is nice.

A softcover book is just $10, which happens to be the value of my referral code. Give it a click if you would like to try Chatbooks.

As hard as it is to admit a month has already passed, I’m already enjoying looking back at my simple scrapbooks. I am sure they will become even more precious as time passes.



3 thoughts on “Simple Memory Keeping Ideas”

  • I love your junk journal. I don’t know chat book but I made a 2019 pastbook for my Instagram. It is awesome! Very easy to edit-add or delete photos and text. I could even upload a photo right off m,ynipad. It’s like over 200 pages but cost only $68 with coupon. I stuck to the smaller size. The construction is amazing. I could put the picture I wanted on the cover. Best thing is they are chronological and the text is straight from Instagram. I loved it so much I ordered my 2018. And will probably do other years too. I used to do my blog book when I still blogged.

  • Love the j7nk journal. I don’t know chatbook. I just ordered my 2019 I Instagram book from past book. It cost $68 it’s over 200 pages I got the smaller size which is like an 8 x 6 maybe. I love that I could show easily edit the pictures to get rid of ones I didn’t want add some in instead of others the texts already there for my Instagram post the quality of the book was amazing so good in fact I just got my 2018 and I’ll have to wait a little bit but I wanna get my other 1716 not sure how far back I can go. Back when I blocked still blonde are used to get my logbook for yeI just ordered my 2019 Instagram book from past book. It cost $68 it’s over 200 pages I got the smaller size which is like an 8 x 6 maybe. I love that I could easily edit the pictures get rid of ones I didn’t want to add some in instead of others the text is already there for my Instagram post the quality of the book was amazing so good in fact out just got my 2018 and I’ll have to wait a little bit but I want to get my other 17 and 16 not sure how far back I can go. Back when I blocked still blonde are used to get my logbook for the yearar.

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