Time to think about your roundup!

I'm posting the roundup prompts a little early this month because I will be celebrating Digital Scrapbook Day here on my blog over the weekend! 


Here are my roundup prompts in a written list if you want to copy and paste them into your own word document or blog post.

Here’s a written list of the Roundup Prompts:

  • List what you read and/or learned in the past month.
  • What fun things did you do with friends and/or family?
  • What milestones occurred? Any holidays or celebrations? How about special events?
  • What happened in the news and the world around you? What was the weather like?
  • Talk about the everyday and routine bits of life in the past month.
  • What tv shows did you watch? Did you go to any movies or live performances?
  • What and where did you eat?
  • What places did you visit? Did you travel or go anywhere out of the ordinary?
  • What good stuff happened? What were the hard things? Anything unusual?
  • Report on the progress you’ve made toward your goals or list any new goals you have set. What accomplishments did you make? What projects did you work on?

Remember, you don't have to answer ALL of these questions and prompts and you are free to add whatever else will help you get your month documented in a meaningful way. This is just meant to be a basic checklist to help you think about what you want to remember.

What's the best way to go about all of this? How do you remember what has happened in the past week, or thirty days, or even a year? Yes, you can apply the roundup technique to any period of time! Here are the tools that will help you Roundup Your Memories! I created this graphic to help you see this task list all in one place. It's a great one to pin to your Pinterest boards for a reminder!

Here's the list in written form if you prefer it that way:

How to Roundup Your Memories

•    Gather all photos taken during the month and be sure they are uploaded to a labeled file with month and year in the name. That file can be on your computer, and external hard drive, or in the cloud. Try to be consistent with file naming and structure.

•    Gather any papers, documents, awards, receipts, etc. that help you illustrate your month. Scan them or take photos. Include them with your monthly file.

•    If others have taken photos during the month that you want to include in your memory keeping, be sure to ask them for copies. Include them with your monthly file. You can name them differently if you want to remember who they are from.

•    Look through your social feeds like blogs, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. to find information you can use for journaling. Copy it all to one place (Word, Evernote, Email, etc.) if possible. Put a copy of that file in the same folder of the month that you have everything else saved.

•    NOW back that monthly folder up to a few locations. Make sure at least one of them is offsite (Dropbox, Flickr, Google Drive, Evernote, etc.) Back up photos more often if possible.

Need a few more resources? Here are some helpful links:

Have fun roundup up your memories and documenting your month! I promise that it's worth taking a few minutes now to have those moments preserved for a lifetime!

Welcoming back Memory Monday!

Who out there remembers my Memory Monday series? I posted about 75 different blog posts with the theme of "Memory Monday" where I would share a memory and encourage my readers to do the same thing on their own blogs (or journals, scrapbooks, social media, etc.) It was one of my favorite features and I think it's time to bring it back!

Some Mondays I will share an older post from my original series (and update it a bit). Other times it will be a brand new topic. I hope it will inspire all of us to dig deeper into our memory archives and share through pictures and words in whatever way means the most to us.

Memory Monday 01 - The First Computer I Ever Used

I was browsing through some old scanned photos and I ran across this one. I’m sure this is the first computer I ever really used. At least the first one I remember using. Can you believe that when I was in college, I typed all my papers on a word processor (like a fancy typewriter with disks to save data to)? Let me remind you that I was an English major so I did A LOT of typing! I can’t even imagine how much easier life would have been if I had used a computer.

I’m trying to remember the details of this photo. I think this was on a visit home during my junior year of college. I’m pretty sure that this was a fairly new computer at the time. It was the first one my family ever owned. My younger brother became a DOS junkie (we’re talking 1989 here). I did move home for a time during my senior year (before I was married) so I must have used the family computer during that time, but I don’t remember using it much. I think I stayed with my trusty old word processor since that was what I was used to. I really wish I had a picture of that machine!

Because this was so long ago, I don’t know the specs of the computer. I’m thinking it was an IBM? It’s interesting to see how big the base and the monitor were. I’m so glad that technology has improved so much over the last 27 years. Oh, could this really have been taken that long ago? Sometimes Memory Monday can make you feel a little old!

When did you use your first computer? Do you remember what type of computer it was? If you are in a younger generation, do you remember a time where you didn’t have access to a computer? Has computer technology always been a part of your life?
Fun things to think about on a Memory Monday!

Project Life pages created in September 2016

I just love to scrapbook is using the Project Life App by Becky Higgins. It's the quickest way to put together scrapbook pages and I just love being able to document our lives on the go using my iPhone or iPad.

If you want to read more about how I use Project Life, be sure to check out my bio feature page on Becky's blog. I'm having so much fun as a Project Life creative team member for 2016. Yay!

I've been sharing some of these layouts on Instagram & Facebook throughout the month and some have also been featured on Becky's blog. I thought it would be fun to share them all in one post here on my blog each month so you can find all of them in one place with the credits.

Layout by Katie Nelson using Currently Edition and Squared Away 7 in the Project Life App. 

Layout by Katie Nelson using Currently Edition and Squared Away 7 in the Project Life App. 

I had so many food photos from the year 2014 that I decided to do a 2 page spread to feature my favorites. Yes, I'm one of THOSE people who love to take pictures of food! 

Layout by Katie Nelson using Currently Edition and Squared Away 7 in the Projedt Life App. 

Layout by Katie Nelson using Currently Edition and Squared Away 7 in the Projedt Life App. 

It was a delicious year! 

Layout by Katie Nelson using the Playful Edition and Design L in the Project Life App. 

Layout by Katie Nelson using the Playful Edition and Design L in the Project Life App. 

I love celebrating my daughter's creativity and I know she will be happy about this page! 

Layout by Katie Nelson using Capture Life theme cards and Design P in the Project Life App. 

Layout by Katie Nelson using Capture Life theme cards and Design P in the Project Life App. 

A simple but fun page about our toy shopping in Chicago. 

All of these pages were created in the Project Life app. If you want to learn more about using this app, I've linked to a bunch of official tutorials in this blog post. It's so easy though that all you need to do is open it up and get scrapping!

Happy Birthday to my 20 year old daughter!

Seriously. This girl is 20 years old today!

For the first time in her life, I won't be with her on her birthday. She's currently in Iowa serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (aka Mormons). I don't get to call her and wish her a "Happy Birthday" but I did send her a fun package + a few new clothes.

I know this will be one of the most memorable birthdays of her life. I'm so proud of her and what she is doing. It isn't easy, but she has a great attitude and loves serving the people she meets. Love her so much!

Happy Birthday sweetie!

Becky, gift wrap, and the good wolf

Becky Higgins is in Salt Lake City right now and she invited the local Project Life creative team members to come and hang out with her for a few hours yesterday and also help her with a fun gift wrapping project. It was a busy day for me, but I'm so glad I could squeeze some time in to go and visit with these lovely ladies!

It's a terrible picture of me (I know I always say that) but you can tell by the smile on my face that I had fun. And that stack of striped gifts? We used the new Becky Higgins Home gift wrap and I'll tell you honestly that it's really amazing. I don't generally get all that excited by gift wrap, but the quality is really outstanding. It feels very different than regular wrapping paper and it cuts perfectly. It was fun to work with!

While I'm on the subject of Becky Higgins, this is a good time to tell you that I had the wonderful opportunity to write a guest post for her "Cultivate a Good Life" blog series. It's all about making sure your life is filled with positive influences. You can read it right here and my long-time blog readers will be familiar with how much "feeding the good wolf" means to me and my family!

It has just been an incredible experience to be part of the Project Life creative team this year!