Memory Keeping | March 6-12

Happy Sunday! Currently while I’m putting this post together, I am finishing up the animated film, Moana. Super cute and catchy music!

Below is this past week’s memory keeping in the Big Happy Planner utilizing MAMBI stickers from various sticker packs, MAMBI washi tape, and the Paper Mate flair pens. This week I was happier with the quality of the HP Sprocket pictures too and I’m assuming it’s probably because the HP Sprocket app was updated, I had better lighting for my pictures, and maybe I edited them enough to make them more vivid.

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Highs of the Week:

I started at my new “real” job. Last week was about general hospital and nursing personnel orientation, but it wasn’t specific job training. Monday was my first day stepping into my education specialist role (essentially a nurse educator for several med-surg nursing units). Thankfully, I’m not alone  and I got to start working and orienting with my teammate, LuLu. This week has been pretty fun working with her and I think we will get along well. We quickly found out that I have more Type-A tendencies but I think definitely play up to each other’s strengths and weaknesses. She has been so sweet and helpful in getting me acclimated to our role. It has been a great work week so far and I’m excited to become more comfortable in my role!

Lows of the Week

I guess I was naïve to think that I would be “over” the homesickness just a couple weeks into our Texas adventure. I have been a little stressed acclimating to the new environment and work requirements, and unfortunately I have been taking it on Matt. He told me that his perception is that I hate Texas and want to move back. I really had to tell him some of my deep feelings this weekend and it feels like a big weight has been lifted from my heart. Let me be clear, I DO NOT regret moving here on our new adventure. I do NOT hate Texas and I’m enjoying most of the experiences so far. I’m just still a little sad we’ve moved from my comfort zone (which I know will be a blessing later on) and I’m learning new routines, new things, and a whole new way of life. Driving in this frantic pace of lifestyle is nerve-wracking but I’m slowly learning ways to minimize how much I have to do on the crazy roads! I had to gently remind Matt too that I need an adjustment period and quite frankly, I’m just trying to survive and make each day count here. I know to be more conscientious of not taking it out on Matt though and to keep my head up… better days are ahead of me 🙂

 

 

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Memory Keeping | Feb. 27 to Mar. 5

Just dropping by to share this past week’s memory keeping in this Big Happy Planner. I was able to wake up early this morning and fix up some iced coffee and breakfast so I could memory keep while catching up on some crafting videos. It did take me about an hour again this week to edit and print the photos, to do the layout and writing. I think it’s taking me so long because I don’t do prep work ahead of time and I take my time sorting through my stickers and washi to jazz up the layout. Perhaps this process will change if I am in a time crunch. One thing that was challenging was being able to recall the highs and lows of the week. I had to ask Matt “When did X happen this week, again?”. So perhaps for this upcoming week I could try making daily notes or editing pics as I go along… we shall see.

Nothing fancy in this week’s layout… again I’ve used the HP Sprocket to print out four photos from the past week. Side note, I need to keep playing with different photo editing apps and the HP Sprocket app to get the lighting of my photos just right. I’m not terribly bothered by the quality (can’t have too high of expectations for a portable photo printer!) but they are appearing darker and slightly off centered when printing.

To decorate, I’ve used the Penmate Flair felt tipped markers to write. For decoration, I’ve hopped around between all my MAMBI value pack books to pick out stickers and also utilized some MAMBI washi tape.

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Full spread for February 27 to March 5
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First half of the week
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Second half of the week

Highs and Lows of the week:

Highs: I started orientation at my new job and Matt was offered a new management job! We traveled up to NE Dallas to go to a park/dog park. Hank loved it in the small dog area and we loved walking around the park. We also checked out a new Hispanic supermarket called Terry’s where we got some yummy goodies and some wonderful carne asada! Thankfully, today was also super productive with more unpacking, cleaning, and organizing. This past week I’ve been experimenting with new routes to work (as you can imagine, I’m a bit traumatized from my experience earlier this week!) and SO glad there are options. I’m a little bit closer to semblance of a routine being here in Dallas! Matt and I also popped into our nearest Hobby Lobby (which we didn’t have in Vancouver) and I purchased a new paperpad and some brush tipped markers so anticipate more chatter or use in upcoming posts!

Lows: I got in a fender bender on my first day heading into work orientation! Luckily nobody was hurt and I made it to orientation in the nick of time! My car is scruffed, dinged, and a little dented in the bumper (two people behind me caused the accident). Still, super annoying to deal with all of this because I’ve been playing phone tag with the person’s auto insurance. Another low is feeling disorganized and out of sorts moving here. I think it’s a bout of homesickness, being out of my comfort zone, and also adjusting to all these new changes. However, trying to look on the bright side of things and trying to be present in the moment. So lucky to have Matt… he has been gently reminding me to be practice more patience, gratitude, and bravery.

Upcoming

I bought my first crafty haul which I will share probably this upcoming weekend! I purchased a ton of cute and fun goodies from the latest Lawn Fawn release.

Also, did I ever mention I’m interested in learning how to letter? I started perusing the internet to look up resources and supplies.

How about you guys? Any tips or tricks for memory keeping or learning lettering? I’d love to know!

 

 

 

 

Memory Keeping in the Big Happy Planner | First Attempt

I was inspired to do memory keeping for a couple big reasons. First off, Matt and I both agreed that moving to Dallas is a big deal and should be documented somehow. Second, keeping a memory book will also be a fun and gentle reminder to get out of our comfort zones in this upcoming year since we’ll be in a new city and (new to us) social culture. After all, we need adventures, challenges, and experiences to be able to document in our so-called Texas memory book, so this adds some lighthearted “pressure” to make it count! Lastly, we are excited to be able to look back at this book a year from now at all the new memories we hope to create. While we hope and plan on doing big things, we know that not every day will be a grandiose and celebratory day… and that’s okay! We want to be able to document the little things too and our “firsts” in Texas.

I’m by no means an expert and since this is my first time attempting this, I’ll be doing a lot of experimenting.

Michael’s was having a big planner sale in early December. I picked up a Big Happy Planner (made by Me & My Big Ideas, aka MAMBI if you want to look them up on social media) for only $15, instead of the regular price of $29.99. I also picked up a couple more value sticker books: Quotes (427 stickers), Alphabet (4,180 stickers) and Memory Planning (472 pieces), which retail $19.99 normally (be on the lookout for coupons!). Back in January, I also purchased an HP Sprocket, which is relatively new to the market. Like the Polaroid Zip and Fujifilm Instax, it can print 2×3 sized adhesive-backed mini photos on special paper called ZINK paper. I chose this portable photo printer due to the positive reviews and how the printed photo also fits into the Happy Planner boxes perfectly.

 

 

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This Is Your Year undated BIG Happy Planner
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I used the Me & My Big Ideas Alphabet value sticker book to customize this ownership page
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Monthly view in the planner. Personally unsure of how I want to utilize these pages in the future
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How cute is the HP Sprocket?! Just picked up those Paper Mate Flair pens and had my sticker books nearby to find the perfect ones to accent my layout!

First Impressions

It took longer than I anticipated! It took me probably an hour to do both weeks because of printing the photos, deciding the layout, writing out the memories, and flipping through my stash of stickers and washi tape to decorate. I had to remind myself to not overthink this because it’s supposed to be fun and relaxing. SO WHAT if my stickers are a bit crooked and my handwriting a little loopy? Easier said than done for this perfectionist but I’ll survive, HA! First time using Paper Mate Flair pens in a planner and pleased to report no bleed through!

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The week of February 13 to February 19th
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The week of February 20th to February 26th

Like I said, this is about experimenting too so I’ll have to try out if it works out better for me to do bits and pieces throughout the week or just during one sit-down session. Do I take a photo everyday or just for the big or note-worthy life moments? What constitutes as “note worthy”? Do I keep notes in my phone of the daily stuff so I can write about it during the weekend? See, these are the things I started to think about. I should probably explore some social media accounts to see tips and tricks from seasoned memory keepers.

Thanks for sticking through my memory keeping musings. Hope you have a wonderful week ahead! Comment below if you have any tips, tricks, or questions!