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Memory-Keeping

Stretch Your Stash: 12 no fluff, all-essential and extremely usable items that you need to have in your memory-keeping stash

One of the common myths about memory-keeping is that you must have all the things in your memory-keeping stash – all the patterned paper, all the stickers, all the washi tapes, all the trendy embellishments and all the fancy gadgets. It doesn’t help that memory-keeping brands seem to come out with *new shiny things* all the time.

You’re probably thinking,

“It’s so expensive to do memory-keeping!”

I hear you. I definitely had that mindset as well (and I definitely spent a lot more than I should have on all the *shiny* memory-keeping supplies!).

Stretch Your Stash: 12 no fluff, all-essential and extremely usable items that you need to have in your memory-keeping stash | Crafted by Pam

For two years, I bought into the marketing strategies and sales tactics of memory-keeping brands and spent close to $150 every month. I knew how important memory-keeping was to me but does that mean that I have to fork out $150 every month just do document my every day life and travel adventures? Just to give you context: $150 is about 30% of the average monthly salary of young adults here in the Philippines.

The sad truth is that while I was accumulating all these memory-keeping supplies, I wasn’t really using most of it in my pocket-page layouts. It was either too trendy, not my style, or I probably forgot I even had these supplies. It was so wasteful and I have had enough.

One fine day, I stopped shopping for supplies, cancelled all my subscriptions and sold practically everything that I had (memory-keeping supplies, that is). I was left with around 5% of the memory-keeping supplies that I had before. Of course, I didn’t recoup that what I spent on memory-keeping supplies by selling everything.

With very limited funds, I taught myself how to shop smartly for memory-keeping supplies and rebuilt my stash with items that I truly loved and items that I can actually use.

In this blogpost, I will tell you the 12 memory-keeping items that you need to stretch your stash!

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Memory-Keeping Travel + Adventures

4 travel memory-keeping hacks you can try so you won’t forget what happened in your trips

It’s no secret that I love creating travel albums for my adventures. But you may be wondering (and yes, some people have asked me this before):

How do I remember all the details from my trip?

I’m sure you’ve had this experience in the past: while scrolling through the photos you took, you stop at a lovely shot of yourself against a beautiful wall mural and you can’t, for the life of you, remember where the heck this photo was taken. You know this happened sometime between Day 4 and Day 6, around the time that you went to that silly store with overpriced postcards. This used to happen to me all the time.

Four memory-keeping hacks you can try so you won't forget what happened in your trips | Crafted by Pam

Whenever you go to a new environment, there are SO MANY new experiences, new factors, new names and new sights. It can be very difficult to keep up with managing your itinerary, handling your budget, actually enjoying and experiencing your trip on top of trying to document every single thing.

There are so many details – street names, monument names, mountain names, the chronological order of your entire trip, people you’ve met, stores you loved, food that you ate – that are all begging to be remembered.

It’s overwhelming, I know.

Which is why I’m writing this for you! I’ve been traveling a lot for the past two years and I’ve figured out a system that helps me document most of the details of my trip, both the monumental and the mundane.

How good would it feel to recreate your entire trip down to the food you ate from that obscure pizza joint? Or be able to research more about a statue that you saw in Rome? Or to be able to remember the names of the places you went to when recommending it to a friend?

Here’s my entire system for documenting the details – small and big – of my travel adventures!

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Memory-Keeping Youtube

Day by Day 2017: February “Not Today” Layout (+ walkthrough video)

Last week, I shared a Day by Day layout of a song that I was really into. This week, I’m sharing the other side of that layout which is also about a song  Since it was an insert for my album, I wanted both sides to share the same theme. In this layout, I filmed a process video on the song “Not Today” by BTS!

In case you’re new here (welcome!), a Day by Day album is a personal project of mine where I document my everyday experiences in a pocket-page album.

Day by Day 2017: February “Not Today” Layout (+ walkthrough video) | Crafted by Pam

This 6×12″ layout follows a similar format to the Spring Day layout wherein I took four of my favorite scenes from the music video.

Watch the full walkthrough video:

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Memory-Keeping

February Favorites 2017

February’s done and over which means it’s time to inspect what I have been loving last month in the memory-keeping department!

At the end of each month, I will be sharing with you my memory-keeping favorites. This could be the tools that I’m loving, embellishments that I can’t seem to stop using or a technique that I repeated over and over again. And to make things more exciting, I’m also creating a 9×12″ layout of all my life favorites (books, fashion, music, etc.) that I will add into my 2017 Day by Day album.

February Favorites 2017 | Crafted by Pam

My love list for February:

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Memory-Keeping Youtube

Day by Day 2017: February “Spring Day” Layout (+ walkthrough video)

Have you ever listened to a song and was just inspired to create a layout out of it? This happened to me when I listened to “Spring Day” by BTS (they’re a Korean boy group) – so freakin’ good! I listen to this song at least four/five times a day ever since they released it so I thought it deserved a special place in my Day by Day album.

In case you’re new here (welcome!), a Day by Day album is a personal project of mine where I document my everyday experiences in a pocket-page album.

Day by Day 2017: February “Spring Day” Layout (+ walkthrough video) | Crafted by Pam

I created a 6×12″ insert for my 9×12″ album and created a semi-traditional type of layout using the screencaps from the music video.

Watch me create the layout from scratch in this walkthrough video:

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FAQ Memory-Keeping

FAQ #01: Where do I get pocket-page memory-keeping supplies?

Ever since I’ve started sharing my pocket-page layouts online, one of the most frequently asked questions was:

Where do you get all your pocket-page memory-keeping supplies?

This is especially an issue for my readers who are based in the Philippines since pocket-page memory-keeping supplies are not as accessible as they are in the US. I’ve shopped quite a bit (read: a lot) for memory-keeping supplies both at brick-and-mortar stores and online (local and international) so lucky for you, I do have a good idea on the best places to shop for pocket-page supplies!

FAQ #01: Where do I get pocket-page memory-keeping supplies? | Crafted by Pam

In this blogpost, I will recommend the best places – from personal experience – to shop for basic pocket-page supplies, kit subscriptions for different memory-keeping styles, and digital pocket-page resources. Whether you’re based here in the Philippines or elsewhere, you’ll find this masterlist quite helpful. Let’s just hope that you don’t burn a hole in your wallet! ;)

Shall we go shopping?

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Memory-Keeping Youtube

Day by Day 2017: February “Make Stuff” Layout (+ walkthrough video)

The first week of February can be summed up in two words: make stuff.

I’ve been doing a lot of making these days – Day by Day layouts, travel album layouts, memory-keeping blogposts and Youtube videos. It’s difficult finding time to do all of it to be honest BUT I definitely feel happier now that I’m creating on a more consistent basis.

I wanted to document this – both the stressful and the exciting parts – so I dedicated the first Day by Day layout for February for this!

In case you’re new here (welcome!), a Day by Day album is a personal project of mine where I document my everyday experiences in a pocket-page album.

Day by Day 2017: February "Make Stuff" Layout (+ walkthrough video) | Crafted by Pam

If you want to learn how I made the layout above then,

check out this walkthrough video!

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