Thursday, November 15, 2018

What is Memory-Keeping? (and why does it matter?)

{For centuries now, people have kept scrapbooks}--books with scraps and mementos in their pages.  In fact, the first scrapbooks were usually the family Bible.  It was where people kept important documents, recorded marriages and births and deaths, and even stored keepsakes like locks of hair and eventually photographs.

In the 1980s, a paper-crafting method of preserving photos and memories came on the scene, known as scrapbooking.  ScrapbookING differed from traditional scrapbooks because it was more of an art form or a craft than just jotting a few notes and making sure important things were kept in one place.

Today, preserving photos and memories can come in many forms, and memory-keeping has come a long way.  Quality is better, convenience has improved, and availability is common.

Memory-keeping is nothing more than holding on to what's important.  It's making sure photos of graduation don't just sit on a phone or computer until the files are unreadable.  It's writing down some details and memories next to the photo in a book or page so you can be reminded when your memory dims.  Because it will.

Memory-keeping is how we make connections. 
As we learned so beautifully from {Carol Stewart} this past May, "Memories connect us and help us understand who we are."  Memory-keeping is how we re-live the best times in life.  It's how we better remember what we want to remember.  I passionately believe that we can't afford to pass up {the benefits} of preserving photos and their stories--benefits like increased happiness, stress reduction, increased self-esteem (especially in children), a sense of belonging, and other therapeutic benefits like healing and coping.

Storing photos digitally is good, but the only meaningful way to store photos is in print.  A printed photo can be seen, interacted with, and loved.  A printed photo has a place to record memories.  That's the whole purpose behind and value of a photograph!  Remember that digital photo storage is still just storage.  And storage, as we all know, is putting something away that you won't see or use.  Sticking a digital photo in storage...  well, why even have it?

Photos stored in print can last upwards of 200 years!  Digital photos may or may not last until the next change in technology.  Files can be corrupted and become unreadable.  Computers crash.  One big advantage of printed photos is that their stories can be told.  With digital photo files, there isn't a place to record memories and details.  When you print a photo and put it in a book or page, you have space next to it to record what makes the photo important and why you love it.

A photo without a story is only worth half as much.

There is great power in photos and their stories (your memories), which most people leave largely untapped.  We are drawing further and further away from connections these days because technology, video games, and phones are so overused.  Conversations, reminiscing, and connections are becoming old-fashioned.

If you're looking for deeper connections, a greater sense of purpose, and something you can sit down with for 10 minutes for {instant happiness}, it's time for you to make time for memory-keeping.  Get started {right here}.  Find time management tips {here} if you need them.  #dontletyourbabiesgrowuptobejpegs


  1. This is all so true! I am figuring out how I can make time to do a better job of this. Thanks for the inspiration! #heartandsoullinkup

  2. Aww, beautiful, Jennifer - and so well put! I love how some of the products you feature here include pre-formatted options so it really should be a piece of cake to jot those things down! #heartandsoullinkup

  3. Thanks, Alicia and Flossie. :) Time is a big issue with most people. I've keep a running list of time management ideas plus my own events you can come to at the "don't have time?" tab at the top of this blog (under the header), so feel free to check those out. Sometimes when you have little kids at home it helps to make it a team project instead of an item on Mommy's to-do list. And, yes, some of the pre-formatted options really help a lot! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. Happy Heritage Making! :)

  4. I had gotten away from this for a long time, but this past Christmas I made an album for each of the families in our extended family. It was a big project as I ended up making 18 of them. But it was a labor of love and the response was quite amazing even from the younger couples and one young single guy. I plan to do it again this year, but starting earlier! LOL

  5. Wow, that IS a big project. But it sounds wonderful. It really is amazing how very meaningful it is to people. It makes a HUGE difference, especially in a world of less and less face-to-face interaction. What a perfect gift. Labor of love, for sure. Ha--yes, starting earlier is a great idea. :) Thanks so much for reading and for your great comment.


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