31 Days:: A Memory Keeping Call to Action

by jessicaturner on October 31, 2011

This is the 31st (and last) day in a series: 31 Days of Memory Keeping. Check out all the posts here.

We will be making Halloween memories tonight with our owl and Buzz!

Well, we made it through 31 Days of Memory Keeping.

31 days of ideas.

31 days of what to do with those thousands of photos.

31 days of inspiration to write down stories.

31 days of if I can do it, so can you.

31 days of it doesn’t have to be perfect.

My hope is that this series motivated you to do something to document your story.

Something like…

Make a (free) canvas.

Create a photo book.

Journal your story.

Write down things your kids say.

Because only you can tell your story.

And your story matters.

Thank you for making this series special. With more than 700 31 dayers participating, you had a lot of blogs you could have read! I am honored that you spent some time here. Please consider subscribing to The Mom Creative or liking this site on Facebook.

31 Days may be over, but I have lots more in store for the months to come.



{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Robin October 31, 2011 at 9:23 am

Her owl costume is one of the cutest things, and she looks so adorable in it!

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Jody October 31, 2011 at 9:46 am

Thanks, Jessica! I’ve enjoyed seeing how another “memory keeper” does it. I finally decided a month ago to start Project Life in 2012. It goes along with how I like to scrapbook – in chronological order. I also took advantage of the Paper Coterie offer last night and made two memory keepers – one for my niece for Christmas and another for my mom & stepdad’s 10th wedding anniversary next July {yes, I took your advice about buying gifts ahead of time to get a good deal} – he wrote notes to her every morning before he left for his shift as a firefighter. So I am very excited to see how they turn out. And I will be making my first photo canvas as I bought a Groupon a few weeks back. I think this will be a Christmas present for my sister.

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jessicaturner November 2, 2011 at 5:59 am

awesome!

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mari October 31, 2011 at 9:54 am

Just wanted to say thanks for a great month. I’ve read every post and will be coming back to them for reference once my baby finally arrives (40 weeks + 1 day today) so I can start memory keeping from the beginning.

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jessicaturner November 2, 2011 at 5:59 am

come on baby!

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Sam October 31, 2011 at 11:24 am

I have really enjoyed all of your posts this month – thank you for taking the time to post every day and with such helpful suggestions and ideas.

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Eat 2gather October 31, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Thank you for taking the time to inspire us through your series! It definitely lit a fire under my bahookie to tell my story better.

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Cori October 31, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Your 31 days series has really inspired me! I made a photo book of a vacation I took this summer, and it turned out really well. I plan on being pro-active in documenting all of my memories. Thank you so much for sharing all of your tips!

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jessicaturner November 2, 2011 at 5:58 am

so great!

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Vanessa November 1, 2011 at 6:39 am

Jessica, I will miss the 31 days of memory keeping! I know it is a lot of work but I hope you do another series like this, it was super inspiring!

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jessicaturner November 2, 2011 at 5:57 am

thank you. I am pretty exhausted, so it may be awhile… :)

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Sheila November 1, 2011 at 10:37 am

Thank you for all your posts. I only wish I had the time to do all the memory keeping you posted about. Between work, 3 kids (one that decided sleeping 10 hours was no fun so he’s up every 3 again) I never seem to be able to find the time to get it all organized. But your posts give me hope & ideas! Hoping to get 2 photobooks done before Christmas for gifts!
Sheila

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jessicaturner November 2, 2011 at 5:57 am

you can do it!

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Megan November 1, 2011 at 10:39 am

Thanks so much for inspiring me to be more consistent in my memory keeping. With 3 young boys, I have a lot of memories to record! I’m really excited about starting Project Life in 2012!

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jessicaturner November 2, 2011 at 5:57 am

me too. though, I first need to get caught up on PL 2011.

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Heidi of Wonder Woman Wannabe November 1, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Hi there!

I enjoyed your series!! :)

I was only able to follow a few of the 31 day series as I was hosting one myself, but I did keep up with yours. and look forward to looking back on in when I need some extra motivation/inspiration to keep up with my memory keeping.

I began scrapbooking while i was in high school and made several albums as a newly-wed – but over the years, it’s been getting harder and harder to keep up for sure (2 kids, a few moves, and a new business will do that I suppose! – ha ha!)

I recently made the command decision to go completely digital in my memory keeping and I think that will go a long way to getting back in the habit since it does not require any getting things set up OR any clean up (not to mention finding the time to shop for new materials etc.)

I loved all your ideas and encouragement – thanks!

I would love to know when you typically spend time working on your Memory Keeping along with your other general duties of mothering, homekeeping, etc. I imagine, my blogging is most likely going to have to slow down while I devote more time to photo books again, but I do enjoy both.

Cheers!

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jessicaturner November 2, 2011 at 5:57 am

I just try to squeeze it in whenever I can. I have taken my journal into the bathroom to write in while Elias is splashing in the tub. I work on Project Life during naps. Like you, I’m a busy mama so I have to prioritize and just do what I can in little bits.

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Lauren November 1, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Jessica, I have been a long time reader but have never commented. I just had to thank you for telling us about and providing the deal for the Memory Keepers at Paper Coterie. I made a box to hold mementos from the birth of our son and it arrived today. I could not believe the size and quality of this amazing and beautiful product! Thanks again and please keep giving us more of your great ideas!!

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jessicaturner November 2, 2011 at 5:55 am

they are amazing, aren’t they??

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Natalie November 1, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Jessica, I just wanted to say THANK YOU. I looked forward to each of your posts each day, and you have helped inspire me to get back into the habit of journaling and doing something – even if it is something small – to record my memories. Life is very hectic working full time, 2 kids, being a wife, etc, but I don’t want to forget this time either. I have also decided that I am going to finally jump on board the project life train next year. I might not do every single week, might make it more of a monthly thing, but either way, i think that is progress. I haven’t blogged much in the past 2 years (something i was very regular at once upon a time), so i’m going to challenge myself to a November Blog Challenge to see if I can get back into the habit of blogging and recording my life that way. I used to make books from my blog – so that is yet another way to capture our life.

Ok, enough rambling. Just really wanted to say THANKS!!!!!! May the Lord bless you and your family.

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jessicaturner November 2, 2011 at 5:55 am

you are going to love Project Life – whatever you do!

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Ann Voskamp November 1, 2011 at 8:54 pm

You are a holy wonder friend — and I thank Jesus for you.

You inspire me, sister!

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jessicaturner November 2, 2011 at 5:55 am

Love you dear friend.

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heidi November 1, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Thank you so much for these posts! I ordered everything from Paper Coiture and love the items I’ve already received. With 5 growing kids, it was almost painful to read some of your posts and think, “Oh, why didn’t I do that 10 years ago?!” But, you were so inspiring, it has kicked me into gear! Thank you for all the time you spent on this project.

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jessicaturner November 2, 2011 at 5:55 am

starting now is better than not starting at all. :) I’m so glad you took advantage of the PC deals.

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Lis November 2, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Your kiddies are adorable and the series was great! Very inspiring. :)

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Helen at A Work of Heart November 2, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Hi there Jessica,
I just wanted to say a big thank you for your 31 day memory keeping! Although I wasn’t able to keep up with all the great free offers, I did design a memory box and it arrived today. Life has been so busy that I forgot and I was surprised by how large it is…perfect! I did write a note of thanks when I order from “PC” so they know my appreciation but I wanted to let you know as well.
We have two girls that have graduated and an 8 year old boy and I lament that I didn’t keep things in better order especially at graduation time. I am hoping to not let that happen again…thanks again!

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Rebekah {honeyandcheese} January 23, 2013 at 4:15 pm

I’ve really enjoyed your posts. I’ve been sitting here, snuggling a sleeping baby and reading through the entire series. So much good information and inspiration! Thank you for sharing! I’m going to go pin the main page for the series now. :)

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