A few months ago in the DST Insider, I wrote about a spreadsheet method I had used to keep track of events in my life, photos I had taken and pages I want to scrap. It was very utilitarian and not at all a fulfilling, creative way to manage my memory keeping. I actually stopped using it and haven’t found a potential replacement… until today.
This week I received a copy of the 2010 Logbook from Log Your Memory. I had heard about this product around the Web, but really wasn’t sure what it was all about.
The Memory Logbook is a 392 page guided journal designed specifically for scrappers. While it is hefty, this book will take you through the entire year, offering as much free space for notes as it does suggestions and prompts. As one of those people who LOVES new journals, office supplies and paper products of all types, I was excited to get my hands on this almost-snuggly book.
What I Love
I love (and enthusiastically endorse) the approach ofÂ “real life” scrapbooking, where the little moments are honored with the big ones and the focus is on documentation.
I love how the Logbook helps scrappers centralize and organize their memories and scrapping ideas. This makes it easier to maximize bits of time to get things done in memory keeping.
I love how the Logbook gets back to basics, forcing me to capture my memories with pen and paper.
I love all the brief questions and list-style prompts that allow scrappers to easily generate a great page that captures life “right now”.
I love the repetition of interview-type questions as part of each monthly checkup. This greatly facilitates end-of-year big picture scrapbooking as well as cohesive album development.
I love the spaces for layout idea sketching. Drawing the bare bones of a new idea or even a scraplift is very motivating and not something I do enough of!
I love that the challenges have several variations listed, allowing scrappers to pick and choose as well as complete multiple projects for one week.
I love, on my coil-bound version, how the pages stay just where you want them and the cover seems able to withstand a year of abuse.
I love that Kristin launched Log Your Memory with the community in mind. She’s reaching out, making connections and has an active blog and forum that go well beyond promotion of her products. As Chris Brogan would say, she’s “doing it right”.
What I’d Like to See Next
The introduction suggests keeping the Logbook in your purse. Um, this thing weighs more than my cat; I’m not sure that’s feasible. I’d prefer the text acknowledge the book’s heft, that its very much a tabletop item.
I’m the type of person who wishes all stores had the arrows on the floor like IKEA. For this reason, the Logbook’s flitting back and forth between calendar pages, prompts and challenges was a little overwhelming. I’d love to see a version for us neurotic types that includes section tabs, with like content organized together. Since this is a user preference, there might be easy ways to offer this customization via the download version.
More guidance is needed on how to uniformly document the location of photos and (for digital scrappers) products to be used for a layout. There isn’t enough tie-in between recording memories in the Logbook and managing the rest of the scrapping process.
The page design is reminiscent of a 1990’s zine, using very full pages, a photocopied look and a wide variety of fonts. I’d like to see a cleaner, more streamlined design for 2011.
I’d like to see a comparison chart of products, since there are some new items that are subsets of information from the annual Logbook.
The Web site is quite narrow (in design), making it sometimes difficult to find things since I prefer not to scroll too much. I’d like to see some updated graphics and a stronger design befitting of this well-organized company.
Just the Facts
Web site: http://www.logyourmemory.com
What you’ll find inside the full 2010 Logbook (19.95):
- Monthly & daily calendars, complete with US holidays & room to jot down your activities.
- Space to document daily memories, jot down ideas, or create lists.
- Your own personal â€œStory Listâ€ so you can track those pages & stories you know you want to share but havenâ€™t had a chance to create yet.
- Weekly pages for sketching layout ideas.
- Weekly challenge questions to get creative juices flowing & help you tell the â€œrealâ€ story of your life.
- Examples of â€œreal lifeâ€ scrapbook layouts for added inspiration.
- Annual & monthly questionnaires to help track how life changes over a year.
- Monthly worksheets for documenting family holidays, plus extra pages for birthdays and other celebrations.
- A handy list of 2011 holidays, plus a place to jot down birthdays and other important family dates.
Your Chance to Win
Log Your Memory is giving Simple Scrapper readers three chances to win:
- 1 winner of a print Memory Logbook 2010 in their choice of coil-bound or perfect-bound format
- 1 winner of a PDF download of the Memory Logbook 2010
- 1 winner of their choice of any one download from the on-site store
To enter, check out the Log Your Memory site and leave a comment here with one way the Logbook or other Log Your Memory products would help you be more productive in 2010. Enter by 11:59 Eastern time on Monday, December 14.