As I get used to these new layouts, I am just doing "single page" layouts for each week. With week 21 I began using the Day One app. Many documenting moms use it and love it so I gave it a try.
I have to agree! You can set it to kind of ask you what you're doing at any time of day. I set mine to 8:55am, noon, 2:40pm, and 8:55pm. Sometimes I ignore it, but most times I type a quick blurb or snap a quick picture. My favorite use is for funny texts Adam sends or funny things the kids say.
I will use those "quotes" on the pages for that week.
Last summer, I used a different app and I just recently copied/pasted all those notes into a MS Word document so I could print out and start adding to current pages. An example of this is above- dated 6-11-13. The sentiments are the important part, not really the chronology.
With pictures or words, it's just good to get them down SOMEwhere! These pages are really of no benefit to my kids until they are printed out and stuck in the binder. I usually wait until I have a folder of at least 10 "Pages to print" before I send to the printer.
It's so interesting how people are so different. I have always had an inner desire to journal, photograph, document... while Adam, for example, does not. He does keep a lot of important things in his head (which I do not always) and he does see patterns over time in his head.
But for me, I think that this process of reflecting back keeps me grateful and focused on the positive. I just read in an article by a psychologist that humans have a natural tendency to remember their past with a "negativity bias" and that documenting helps to fight that natural tendency. Whew!