overcoming memory loss with project life
I’d like you to get to know Jackie, a Project Lifer who shared her story with us – and we feel sharing this will inspire many of you as we head into the weekend. In her own words … here’s Jackie Wood:
In 2011 I woke to eight years of memories gone, a diagnoses of Transient Global Amnesia. In an instant eight years had been erased from my conscious memory. It was a very difficult situation to process through. My daughter was thirteen instead of five, we lived in a new place, and the world around me was completely different.
One of the differences was the scrapbooking world. I have scrapbooked for over 15 years, so I remembered the old days of scrapbooking, but as you know the last eight years have seen huge changes in the industry. I was overwhelmed by the products and online world of scrapbooking and yet the very thing that helped get me through the hard days of memory loss were my old scrapbooks and photos. They were my window into a world that I no longer remembered.
Literally overnight my memory keeping became more focused about keeping current with my photos and stories. I wanted to make sure to capture today in case I forgot yesterday. That is why I turned to Project Life – a system designed to be easy and allow me to focus on the everyday. I LOVE it!
I love that you can keep it simple with just some journaling cards and photos or mix it up a bit and add your personality to the pages. This system makes it easy to capture the moments in life that are hard to remember even without memory loss. Those moments that happen everyday that become so routine we don’t think about how important they are or will be when this season has passed. A system that pulls the whole family into the process, turning memory keeping into a memory in and of itself.
I am thankful to have a scrapbooking system that allows me to keep the big and the little together in one book. A book to celebrate our family and to mend the pain of memories lost. Thank you Becky for creating Project Life and sharing it with all of us, it has been and will continue to be a blessing in my life.
Here are four layouts from 2012. This was my first year with Project Life and I used the Turquoise Edition.
And three layouts from 2013. This year I went out on my own and designed cards using pattern fabric, denim, burlap and linen. I shared a bit about the process of making these custom cards here. Note: The last layout is in two pictures to show the back and front of the insert, a Design A page cut in half.