Traditional journaling and even art journaling have never flowed well for me but I have notebook after notebook full of lists and plans and notes and dreams, dating back to my first kindergarten letters. Those are my journals. I will give them to my children some day so that my inner most thoughts might one day guide and inspire them. They might just laugh at my bad handwriting and ponder my overall sanity but if that inspires them to rock calligraphy and make better life choices - it's worth it! :)
I'm also very careful to keep memories in the form of memorabilia so I've long since kept a collection of shoe box memory boxes. I think this habit was inspired by my mother who has kept a hot pink Rubbermaid memory box for me since before I was born.
Memory keeping is important but scrapbooking feels like a black hole full of thickers and stamps and dies and papers - each beautiful and precious and impossible for me to resist. I come from a nomadic family which tends to form a lot of minimalistic habits and I already struggle with guilt for owning/wanting material possessions so scrapbooking has always been on my black list. However when I met Project Life a couple of years ago I feel instantly in love!
However, sometimes life is tricky and best captured in shoe boxes and notebook pages, faintly glowing memories safely tucked way as reminders.
Other times life is full of clear light and it would be a deep sadness to keep those glittering bits tucked way in a shoebox.
Lately my life has been bursting with glittering moments and I know this is the time to begin building a new form of memory keeping - Project Life. Not because I will be recording only the bestest more shiny moments using the most perfect re-touched photos and 27 enamel dots but rather because it feels right to physically begin a new book.