Project Update | Childhood Memory Box

Well, the inevitable has finally happened. I had to take my craft room apart. I have discovered that people cannot visualize how they might utilize a space in a different way. They don’t appear to understand why a person would have a room full of paper and crafty things. Can you imagine?

My craft room is now a TV/bonus room. It’s all for the the good cause of selling my house. But you can imagine the constraints that puts on me creatively. I’ve set aside all my favorite-can’t-live-without products and the rest has been packed. The next few months are going to be interesting…

The show must go on though, so for today, I have an update on one of my ongoing projects. I started my Childhood Memory Box a few months ago to hold random childhood memories. I was having a hard time figuring out exactly how to create 12×12 layouts with my childhood photos. I may still create a few, but for the most part, I realized that I would be easier for me to take one photo at a time and just tell a random story for each photo.

I’ll be honest and say that I’m not censoring myself in the journaling. I’ve provided myself enough room to tell a story or to talk about how I see the photo from today’s perspective. These are my memories and they may not always be pretty. But it feels good to get them down how I see them, even if they are skewed to only my perspective.

These cards are so easy to complete too. When you have a smaller canvas, you are limited in what you can do. But it’s a great opportunity to use up scraps and make great use of all your punches and stickers and die cuts that you’ve had in your stash for awhile.

After adding these six new photos and stories, you can see there is still plenty of room in my box for more. I love that this project is contained but it doesn’t feel unfinished. There is no pressure for me to collect all my childhood photos and document them all immediately. I can work on it when I have time but I can still enjoy it as is.

What about you? Have you ever documented photos and stories in a random fashion? Does the very idea of it scare you or inspire you?

24 Comments

  1. This is such a great project. I have a box full of childhood photos just waiting to be scrapped but the process seems so overwhelming. This might be a great way to get started.

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    • Oh, it really is less intimidating. That’s exactly why I went this route. I hope you give it a try! 🙂

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  2. I loved this idea when you first posted it! Thanks for the update! One out these days I’ll get around to my photos too, for now they’re in an album, tucked away somewhere :

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    • It took me a long time to get to mine. And I know it will take a long time to get through them. I don’t mind working on them in spurts but it’s not something I want to turn to every weekend. So this is the perfect solution. You’ll get to yours when the time is right. 🙂

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  3. What a neat box! Oftentimes I don’t censor myself when journaling either. If you’re telling the story, you may as well tell it like it is.

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    • That’s how I feel too! 🙂

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  4. Such a great project! Brilliant idea and this doesn’t seem too overwhelming! 🙂 Thanks for your kind words on my blog. I am your newest follower…your blog is very inspirational! 🙂

    Arlene.

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    • Thanks Arlene! I’m so glad you stopped by today! 🙂

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  5. I like your plan for capturing random childhood memories! I’ve just started making scrapbook pages with mine; I plan on making a mix of all sizes of pages, depending on how much room I need for them, or use divided page protectors, as well.

    and I just have to say, I sympathize with your having to pack up your crafting space. When we sold our house, the spare bedroom was my crafting space, and it killed me to have to pack it all up in boxes! Luckily, our house sold pretty quickly, so I didn’t have to live without it for long– here’s hoping that yours does as well!

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    • I love me some divided page protectors. I love using them. Thanks for the selling wishes – I will take all I can get! I want it to happen quickly! 🙂

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  6. This is a great idea as it creates a bit of history of memories. I hate to hear that you have to pack up the craft room. People do not realize you can do whatever you want in a house. There isn’t living room police that will notice if you turn it into something else?

    You will sell your house!!! I know it 🙂

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    • It was painful. I was working on something this afternoon and I’m working from kits now. It kind of feels like going to a crop every time I scrapbook. It’s not ideal, but I can to this on a temporary basis……..I hope.

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  7. I still love this project!!

    I really feel your pain with packing up the crafts. That was the first thing I had to pack when we moved a year ago. It was painful to have to admit I wouldn’t be working on my scrapbook for a long period of time, but it was for the best. I tried to keep myself busy with move-related things.

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    • Thanks Nat! I’m still waiting for a buyer so until the house closes, I still have time on my hands. It makes it so hard. But it’s OK, it’s for a good cause. Fingers crossed. 🙂

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  8. Your childhood project is so wonderful! I really need to do something like that. Good luck with selling your home. I remember having to pack all my stuff we were had ours on the market. No fun. 🙁

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    • Thanks Jen! I really waited until the last possible moment and it was as painful as I thought it was going to be. But I’ll survive….want to get this house sold! That’s the most important thing. 🙂

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  9. love this idea! one of these days i just might have to do this–maybe when the kids get into high school

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    • Thank you! And LOL – you are busy with your boys, it’s so much more fun to scrapbook them! 🙂

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  10. Tammie, I love this idea. I had wanted to start a random childhood memories journal, but I love this idea much better. I need to get these stories told. Thanks for the kick in the pants that I need. LOL.

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    • Oh I love to hear this. Thank you! It’s such a fun project and makes the childhood memories more manageable. If you start something, let me know! 🙂

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  11. This is a great idea!!!

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  12. Tammy this is such a great project and I really like that you are just working on it as you are inspired and that it doesn’t seem incomplete at any time!

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  13. thanks so much for this idea,Tammy! your “vintage” 3.5 x 3.5 photos look SO much like mine I had to laugh. it will be fun to start this and feel as if I have a plan…at last! (I also have teens who will laugh that Mom can finally say “that was random!”)

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