Memory Keeping with Photo Frames


I recently decided that aside from my Project Life in 6x8 albums, I'm going to try memorykeeping using my traveler's notebook. My PL 6x8 albums are meant for family and friends viewing. They are mainly filled with pictures that document our family's year happenings.

My purpose with the TN version is to play more with texts, journaling, and embellishments on each spread. I wanted it to be more personal as I add snippets of thoughts and try new items from my stash at the same time. I also wanted it to be simple that though I'll be adding minimal embellishments, I would still like to give it consistency. That's the time I knew I wanted to put my photos in an instant still camera style frames.

I don't have an Instax or a Polaroid Camera (though those are definitely in my wishlist!) so for now, I used the Photo Frames SVG from the shop to make different sized frames with different patterns. I designed these SVG files to be proportional with popular sizes but the great thing with cutting your own frames is that you can resize them to fit your needs.

I like using 4x6 or 6x6 patterned paper to make the frames because the patterns on these pads are shrunk in a way that is proportional to my TN pages. Here are the frames I cut using the different sizes in the set. I also cut additional white square and rectangle cardstock so I can have something to mat my photos in case I just wanted a clean white only border.

This may look like a big mess but in reality, each one is important because I already counted how many frames I need (vertical, horizontal & square) to house my photos. OC me!

To print my photos, I use a A4 photo paper that me and my sister buy in bulk from a Japanese Home Center. I flag my choices in Photos in Mac as they are easier to view when collected in 1 album and then I print them in "Contact" size (my favorite quick photo printing hack) with the following settings: 3 columns, 0 margin.

I group my photos into categories (at home, travel and vacation, food and eating out, family, parties, daddy & Jam, friends, plan, just me, learning and arts & crafts) so when an idea or mood strikes for a spread, I can easily grab a set of related photos.

I make my own inserts using the dotted page from the Traveler's Notebook Basic Bundle. More info on how to assemble your own here. I like the dotted page because the dots guides my handwriting and photo placement to be straight.

Here's a preview of one of a finished spread. Will share more gallery photos when I complete more pages. Let's see how this memorykeeping experiment goes!