I’ve scrapbooked a lot of pages in 11 years, but I’ve never tackled my childhood. I have a good stack of orginal photos (mostly in the 3.5×3.5 vintage size!) and I have scanned a lot of photos from my parents’ albums, but I haven’t done anything with them. Creating 12×12 layouts with these photos never felt like the right solution.
Then — a couple of months ago — I saw a project (see it here) in the September 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes Magazine called “Remember When…Family Stories” created by Autumn Baldwin. Her idea is that while our stories need to be documented, perhaps they don’t need an entire layout. Autumn used 4×6 cards, a few sentances of journaling and wallet sized photos to document some of these memories.
At long last, I had my solution. A memory box full of random stories paired with random photos. Since all of these photos have been scanned and can be duplicated later if need be, I’m going to use the original photos in all their discolored, imperfect glory.
I am all about using products from my stash. Other than buying the box that will house my memory cards, I didn’t buy anything new.
- Alterable box (I got mine at Hobby Lobby)
- Mod Podge and a sponge brush
- A variety of punches and punched shapes
- A variety of shapes and borders cut from my Silhouette (like Branch_1009, tags_essentials_C00034-27205 and Tab_0095)
- Several paper pads from K & Co — Greenhouse, Pink Posey and Lemon Drop
- An assortment of cardstock
- An assortment of buttons
- An assortment of crochet thread
- An assortment of die cut flowers, sayings, and words
- A variety of word stickers like these Making Memories Word Fetti, K & Co’s embossed stickers, and these Fresh Verse stickers from Little Yellow Bicycle.
- A selection of ribbon in several colors
I’m also using an Iris Storage Box to keep all the odds and ends while I work on this project. I find that if I keep everything together, it’s easier to pull out and work on when time permits.
I found a plain, paper mache type box at Hobby Lobby. Michael’s and JoAnn’s also carry these kinds of boxes. They are easy to alter, as I have done with Mod Podge and paper. My plan is to keep the box open so that the cards can be flipped through often. The lid will be kept on the bottom of the box, so I altered the lid as well.
The section dividers
I do have section dividers in my box. The sections are pretty general – Everyday, Play, Celebrations, Family, Spokane (my hometown). I made a few extras in case I want to add any as I create more memory cards. The heading tabs were cut with my Silhouette.
The memory cards
I sized my memory cards to easily slide in and out of my box. All boxes are different sizes so dimensions are going to vary from box to box. My cards stick up about an inch an a half from the top of the box (another reason why the box will stay open). I have created several different designs that will probably repeat as I continue to create these cards.
My journaling is on the back side of each card. I created this journaling block in my computer’s spreadsheet program. I tend to eyeball everything so it took a few tries to get the size just right. I printed drafts of the journaling blocks on plain paper and adjusted the margins until this journaling block fit on the back of my cards exactly as I wanted. Then I printed them on high quality cardstock. You could also create them in a word processing program and type your journaling instead of handwriting it as I did.
A few more thoughts:
- Creating a random framework allows me to pair a photo with a memory, even if the two have nothing to do with each other.
- I don’t have photos that document every month and every year of my life. Many of my photos don’t have dates and I don’t have details about what was going on. Rather than get bogged down by that, I don’t worry about it.
- If I have a story for a photo, I’ll tell it. If I don’t know what’s going on in the photo but it triggers other memories, I’ll share them. No stress, no worries, just memories.
- This project isn’t as much about documenting my life, it’s more about remembering little details from my childhood that I don’t want to forget.
- This project is adaptable to any theme or subject, it doesn’t just have to be childhood photos! It might be an interesting way to capture heritage photos or the journey through high shcool or college.
I love how my memory box turned out. I have a lot of memory cards to make, but I am off to a good start. Have you documented your childhood? What worked (or didn’t work) for you?
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