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Documenting Memories In Your Planner

Posted on June 15 2015

For some of us our planner is not only our second brain, but we use it as a sort of scrapbook. It is a place to document life events and memories that we can look back on.  Why not?  We spend so much time, money, and love on our planners that we should cherish them always.  It’s a great way to flip back through and know exactly when something happened, and keep little mementoes for reminiscing.

Unfortunately, I have a perfect example of that for you this week.  My Aunt passed away suddenly from an unknown cause.  She was a very special woman in my life, and had a huge impact on the person I am today.  Naturally when someone passes, you begin reflecting on all the good memories and things that remind you of that person.  So when I went to decorate my planner for the week of her funeral, I dedicated it to her.  She was the first person to introduce me to Doctor Who at a young age.  I created my own Doctor Who stickers by downloading images off the internet and printing them onto sticker paper.  Her favorite color was pink, so that was the color for my theme.  It’s been sad around here, but every time I looked at my planner I was reminded of all the happy memories.

Another way I chose to honor her was to create a pocket that I could preserve the program from her funeral and her obituary in.  As much as I always have good intentions of keeping those types of items in a safe place, I always end up losing them.  A lightbulb went off and I decided to keep it in my planner, this way I’ll always have it.

I went to Wal-Mart and purchased Avery Sheet Protectors in the size 5.5”x8.5” (item number 75007).  I trimmed the pre-hole punched tab off the side but not cutting into the seam.  Then I attached 2 Post-It Divider tabs and marked dots that lined up with my coil.  I punched them out with an 1/8” hole punch and cut a slit in each hole.  This created an Acid-Free/Archival Safe clear pocket that secures into my planner to keep my mementos in.  I found a pretty pink piece of scrapbook paper and cut it down to fit inside my pocket.  On one side of the scrapbook paper I placed the funeral program, and her obituary on the other. 

Not exactly a happy topic from me today, but I hope it gave you an idea of how you keep memorabilia in your planner too.  Do you treat your planner as a sort of scrapbook too?  Are you like me and look back at past years' planners?


This blog post was written by Emilee Adams for the Limelife Planners Media & Creative Team. For more information about Emilee visit her blog at www.emileespeaks.com. Please share and repost this blog entry with your friends! All we ask is that you give credit to Limelife Planners and the post author.

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