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How to make a memory book

Here are our tips for how you can create a personalized memory book online using Rosy

Memories are our most treasured possessions. When we combine them, we start to create a beautiful, intricate memory book in our minds. This memory book includes depictions of moments you believe you’ll never forget—your first true love, your college graduation day, raising your first child, your mother’s 80th birthday party. The list goes on.

However, as the years go by, mental fog can creep in, dulling the once brilliantly colored images spanning each chapter of your life. 

Even though we may believe we know how memories work, preserving them is more complicated than we think, leaving room for uncertainty and forgetfulness to move in and taint our experiences. By creating an actual memory book, you can free up some mental real estate for other important tasks and make sure your stories are preserved in one safe location and never lose their shine.

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What is a memory book? 

Think of a memory book as a collection of the chapters of your life, where each chapter could depict a specific year, day, event, or celebration. A memory book is unique to you, so youand only you—can decide which memories make it into your memory book, what you’d like to say about each one, and how you’d like to organize them.

It’s also important to note that a memory book does not have to be a physical book. The purpose of a memory book is to serve as a central location for storing groups of memories that relate to the same topic. Therefore, this concept is easily transferable to the digital space. Plus, with Rosy, creating a digital memory book is easier than ever.

How to create a memory book using Rosy

Rosy is a personal assistant like you’ve never seen before. Her most important task is to help you easily capture and preserve all your images and files so that you can spend your time enjoying and celebrating life’s biggest moments.

To ensure that your memories are captured to your liking, Rosy offers a unique feature that allows you to create a Rosy memory. Essentially, this capability lets you add a video or audio recording or comment to any item that is shared with you or any item that you’ve added to your Vault. Adding a Rosy memory to any image or document gives you the ability to attach any personal details, not conveyed by the image itself, to the item. It’s a way of ensuring that no important information goes unrecorded!

And, that’s not all. Rosy also allows you to organize items into groups based on categories of your choosing. For example, if you recently took photos of your kids on an apple picking outing, you could add these photos to Rosy, group them together, and title the grouping “apple picking.” By grouping photos together, you are essentially creating the equivalent of a digital album that you can continuously add memories to and look back on in the future.

If you’re ready to embrace the digital age and make a memory book online, here are some ideas for ways you can organize and group memories together within your memory book. 

How to categorize memories in your memory book

There is no right or wrong way to organize your photos. Feel free to try a few of the ideas listed below and see what works best for you and your family. As you go along, you may find that your strategy changes and that’s okay. Remember, getting started is the most important step you can take!

A year in review memory book

The concept of a year in review is not new. Traditionally, news outlets from coast to coast, including the Los Angeles Times and the New Yorker, compile lists of the biggest stories and trends from the previous year and release that information before the new year begins in January. By doing this, these news outlets provide readers with a summary and accompanying images of all of the noteworthy events that occurred in the last 12 months.

The same idea can be applied to a memory book on a smaller scale. Think of your personal year in review as a highlight heel for your family. It should touch upon all of the major accomplishments achieved by each member of your family, fun holidays and vacations spent together, and even all the ways you made ordinary days feel extra special. Get creative with it! The more images you include, the more fun it will be to look back on when you’re creating your next year in review. It also serves as a great tool for measuring how far you and your family have come in a year and what goals you achieved.

A memory book that includes one photo for each day of the year

There are 365 days in a year. When you break it down, that amounts to 525,600 minutes or 31,536,000 seconds. Though a year can pass in the blink of an eye, the reality is, you have so much time that you can use to appreciate and find the magnificence in the mundane. 

Creating a memory book dedicated to highlighting one photo for each day of the year can sound overwhelming, however, if you’d like to practice more gratitude in your everyday life, this idea can help you do so in an interesting way. 

In fact, a recent study found that snapping one photo per day and posting it online has been linked with improved well-being in the areas of community interaction, self-care, and the “potential for reminiscence.” This stems from the fact that posting something once a day encourages participants to commit to doing one thing they love per day, such as exercising or  writing.

With this idea, you are not limited to capturing the same 3 images of your kids, your dog, and your coffee for an entire year. Find ways to incorporate your passions, your kid’s interests, and the often overlooked joy found in performing the tasks that daily life regularly throws your way.

A memory book for each member of your family (including your pets!)

Every member of your family has a story to tell. Encourage them to do so by starting a memory book for each personand furry friendin your family. 

This idea requires a little more initial work, but once each memory book has been created, you can ask each individual to add their own images and experiences to their designated memory book in order to keep your workload lighter. Plus, having separate memory books is great because it encourages family members to interact with each other’s books, adding memories and comments to each item for an added layer of personalization.

A memory book for each event or celebration

Grouping photos together based on the event or celebration they depict is a more traditional way of categorizing your experiences. 

If you’re a family that regularly attends soccer competitions, ballet recitals, retirement parties, graduations, and big holiday gatherings (or you enjoy taking a lot of photos!), you might consider creating a memory book for each one of these occasions.

Keep in mind that if you choose to move forward with this idea, you’ll want to make sure to take a significant amount of photos at each event in order to create a digital memory book that will be worth your while.

A themed memory book

Is there something that you enjoy regularly doing as a family? Perhaps it’s spending one weekend a month camping or discovering new live music together. 

If so, a themed memory book could be the perfect solution for capturing all of these shared experiences you won’t want to forget. For example, a memory book on camping could include photos from all of your recent camping trips, including images of the outdoor activities you participated in, the states you visited, the wildlife you saw, the fireside meals you cooked, and the grins on the faces of the people you explored the great outdoors with.

A memory book of your heritage

We all like to know where our roots lie. It’s part of what defines us and makes us who we are.

However, as time goes on, it can become more and more difficult to recover lost stories that were not passed down from previous generations. Though you might not be able to recover that information, it’s never too late to be your own historian and start recording your experiences that you’d like to share with your children and grandchildren.

Starting a memory book filled with your heritage is a great way to capture all of this information in one simple place. You can start as far back in time as you like or you can start in the present. No matter the case, though, be sure to ask your loved ones questions about your family history. No story is complete without including insights from each person who was there to witness it. Your goal is to compile the most complete account of your family’s lineage and experiences.

 

So, what do you say? Are you ready to start creating the memory book of your dreams? Which idea resonates with you? Join the Rosy community to let us know and begin sharing your memory book ideas with other members. We can’t wait to see your visions come to life!

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