Memory Planner: Creative Jumpstarts 11

Happy Monday!  Marcy and I are back today with a BRAND NEW Creative Jumpstarts challenge!  With all of the planner craze lately, we've decided to switch things up a little and add in a planner challenge.  Saying that Marcy and myself are a little obsessed with planners would be an understatement....I blame her, by the way, for my obsession.  :)

Our planner challenge for you this week is to add a photo into your planner.  Get those everyday photos off of your camera and into your planner!  I bet you will become obsessed too!!  

I'm a big fan of adding photos to my planner, but I usually slip them into the page protectors that came with each month in my Heidi Swapp planner.  Most of my daily boxes are full of notes, to-dos, reminders and written memories.  Last week, though, I was sunning it up in lovely St. John, USVI (and I decided not to take my planner with me) so my week was pretty bare and blank.  My trip happened to exactly fall over a double page spread in my planner, and I knew that photos would be the perfect way to dress up my pages!!

I sized and printed out five photos to fit in the daily boxes (and I've got a free template for you too if you want perfectly sized photos for your memory planner)!  I adhered them with some adhesive right into the daily boxes and then added a few little details about each days events to the left or right.  It was the perfect way to add in our memories so I can remember them later for my Project Life album and mini book!

I found the easiest way for me to get my photos the right size was to create a template in Photoshop.  I've tried eyeballing it, guessing it and winging it, but they never really came out the way I wanted.  I was wasting some of precious photo paper trying to size them down, so a template was a must!!

With the above template, you can drop three photos onto a 4x6 canvas, send it to be printed or print it at home!  Easy peasy!  I like a white border on my photos, so the boxes are sized to include that with trimming, but if you want them larger, just increase the photo boxes and you should be good to go!!  

What would have been "empty" boxes in my planner are now full of photos, words and memories!!  And if you aren't obsessed with how awesome and versatile these planners are yet, I don't know what else I have to do to try and convince you!  Ha!  :)

So that's our Creative Jumpstarts challenge for you this week!  Add a photo to your planners!  Be sure to tag us on Instagram and use the hashtag #creativejumpstarts !  We cannot wait to see your planners!!

Creative Jumpstarts were created by Marcy Penner and Stephanie Bryan to challenge each other with their paper endeavors. Delivered in the form of bimonthly challenges, they encourage us (and hopefully you too) to stretch supplies, think outside of the box and to remain intentional about the memories we capture.  Challenges are posted on the first and third Mondays of every month.  Projects are shared on our blogs and on Instagram using the hashtag #creativejumpstarts. We'd love it if you'd share along with us at either of those places and be sure to tag us (@helloforeverpaperco and @stephaniebryan) if you do!