What You Need to Know About Memory Keeping

Hi Tombow fans, this is Jennie! I love all sorts of creative projects. One of my favorite creative outlets is memory keeping. This post is an introduction, but I also want to give the veterans a few tips and ideas.

What is memory keeping?

A way to tell your stories or document your life. Books, albums and photos are proof of our experiences and the people in our life! They are also memories we share with others when we are not there. You can use photos, screenshots, memes, letters and many more things! They say a picture is worth 1,000 words but sometimes we need to add a few more with a pen!

This post is an introduction to memory keeping. Check it out for tips and tricks! #tombow #memorykeeping

What methods can I use?

There are so many! There is the traditional 12 x 12 scrapbook. However, now there are other sizes like 9 x 12, 8.5 x 11 and 6 x 12. There are mini albums, which can be themed like December Daily®. Another form of a mini album is the traveler’s notebooks. These are perfect for documenting travels. My favorite method is Project Life®. It’s where I document my life weekly.

There are many ways to do memory keeping, like traveler's notebooks! #tombow #travelersnotebook


What do I need?

Add photos and ephemera like clothing tags, bags, postcards, packaging, tickets, receipts, magazine pieces, memes, screenshots, etc. #tombow #memorykeeping

Who should do memory keeping?

One of the biggest myths surrounding memory keeping is that is a hobby for old ladies and moms. Everyone with a story to tell (no matter how small) should do it! I hear a lot of people saying “I don’t have kids and I don’t go out so much. What would I document?” You can also document trips, your current favorites and more! I discovered this hobby in my mid 20’s. I wish I would’ve discovered it sooner because I would’ve loved documenting my teens.

Document a trip with a small traveler's notebook! #tombow #memorykeeping

Get creative with photos!

It’s great to have a few posed photos, especially when you want to document an outfit or take a family photo. Don’t shy away from silly photos or filters. Also, get creative with props and your surroundings. I also like to play with filters from apps like A Color Story. The best photos are candid. For example, when people are talking or laughing. Play with perspective! Take a photo from above or get close to the ground. Change the angle or get close to the subject. Don’t forget to take a few selfies.


There are many ways to do memory keeping, like traveler's notebooks! #tombow #travelersnotebook

What can I document?

  • Everyday life!
  • Friends
  • Family
  • Trips
  • Holidays
  • Books
  • Music
  • TV Shows
  • Movies
  • Recipes
  • Games
  • Favorite foods
  • Seasonal food and drinks
  • Current projects
  • News
  • Outfits
  • Memes
  • Screenshots
  • Your car
  • Workspace
  • Sports
  • Schoolwork
  • Concerts
  • Happy Mail
  • Add videos with QR codes
  • Whatever you feel worthy of documenting

Do I document the good, the bad or the ugly?

That is a very personal choice. I personally don’t like to include sad moments in my memory keeping. However, it can help people heal and process their feelings. You don’t have to share those thoughts with others if you don’t want to.

This post is an introduction to memory keeping. Check it out for tips and tricks! #tombow #memorykeeping

I hope this post helps the aspiring memory keepers! If you have any questions, you can reach out to me on Instagram or Facebook. Take care!

Tombow 2019 Design Team: Jennie Garcia

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