I can’t believe that it has already been a year since I wrote THIS POST. Right around this time, last year, I was making the decision with myself to combine the two main ways I was memory keeping my years prior: in my planner and in a Project Life-style pocket scrapbooking album, and merge it all into a hybrid form of memory keeping in The Happy Planner®.

I used the 12 months of 2016 from the original ‘My Life’ Happy Planner® split into three sections: Jan-April / May-August / Sept-Dec, each put on a set of expander discs. One Happy Planner® turned into three, full well-loved memory albums, and I couldn’t be more satisfied with it.

I developed a system for myself – filling each monthly page the same way, filling each dashboard page the same way, and using the same techniques to get my weekly pages filled up as well. This system of filling the pages worked SO WELL that I was able to create a class on Big Picture Classes called “Memory Keeping in The Happy Planner®” teaching it to my fellow planner babes. You can check our my post on it HERE.

My final album, documenting September through December ended up being the most chunky of the three. (You can see that above.) This was because I punched and included the cards I received for my birthday in November, and also attached all my Christmas cards at the very end.

Some of my weekly pages for December can be viewed below.

Moving forward, I shall continue memory keeping using a CLASSIC sized Happy Planner®. It’s still a medium that greatly excites me, and I can’t beat the efficiency and ease of the smaller photos I print at home. However I have been thinking of how I could switch it up for myself to keep it fresh and engaging.

For one, I’m using the new “This Is Your Year” Happy Planner®, which is wildly different in style than the one I used for 2016. My 2016 Happy Planner® had a bold, distinct color designated to each month, so it was easy for me to work with it all month long, pulling stickers and pocket cards from my stash coordinated with that specific color. The planner I’m using this year is very minimal, using a blank slate of black & white each month, with neutrals grey, gold, and kraft paper as accent colors.

Secondly, I’ve been experimenting this month with a digital template I created (see sneak of it HERE). It should be interesting, and I’ll talk more about my approach to memory keeping in my Happy Planner® this year in a future blog post – once I’ve experiment a bit and decided on a particular methodology I’ll be using.

In the meantime…
see my progress on it at this hashtag on Instagram: #ARZ_memorykeeping2017,
and see all my post of last year’s at #ARZ_memorykeeping2016.

January 12, 2017

memory keeping 2016 // my full, completed year using The Happy Planner®

January 12, 2017

memory keeping 2016 // my full, completed year using The Happy Planner®


  1. galaxiadawn@gmail.com

    January 14th, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    I like the idea of including cards that you received! Can’t wait to see what you do with the neutral color scheme this year =)

  2. april@aprilmae.net

    March 1st, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    I had to move to expander rings in December of last year when I
    Began in October planning . Crazy I love your planning style very similar to
    mine. I plan yet I memory keep so I require 2 planners a classic and the big holds all of my very decorated pages and that’s where I add my photos. Are you a member of any planning groups on Facebook or else where they came up today and I joined a few and thought goodness I’d like to build one with some bloggers who love to plan. You as well have a large social media following and I’d love to see if you’d be interested in collaborating. Great blog I’m subscribing now . #planonint #grateful . April http://www.aprilmae.net

  3. Natasha

    March 22nd, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    I noticed you posted again about your creating a digital journal and placing it in your Happy Planner on Insta. Did you re-create a template of the planner then printed and placed it in your HP? Looks good either way! I took your Big Picture Class tutorial and LOVE IT. I now memory keep in my Classic planner as well and so far I like how it’s coming along, although there are days that are bland and left blank just because I don’t know what to journal, lol.

  4. amandarose

    September 14th, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Any place that’s too blank for me, I sticker up! Haa haa! // I’m so glad my Big Picture Class helped, and YES! I’m looking forward to sharing all about my digital approach! 🙂

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