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Last week we talked about the simplest of simple scrapbooking: slap some photos on a piece of paper and you're done! This week I have an even easier way to record and preserve summer memories, with special emphasis on "preserve" because it uses something most of us have lying around (or can get easily if we really dedicate ourselves to finishing the last of the dill pickles tonight): an empty jar.
I don't actually use a pickle jar but a glass storage container I bought new for a few bucks, but it doesn't really matter what you use-jar, basket, empty tissue box, whatever. All you need is something you can keep in a convenient location (ours is on a kitchen cabinet) and toss little scraps of paper into when the mood strikes.
What goes on these scraps of paper? Anything! I started my Memory Jar as a repository for happy thoughts that I could refer back to if I started feeling down. If I was having a bad day, I could open up the jar, grab a random note, and get a little shot of sunshine to warm my heart. My Memory Jar includes quotes, anecdotes, funny things my kid did, nice things someone said to me, a favorite moment from an event--pretty much anything I want to remember.
The best part is that I let myself be completely unstructured and random about the Memory Jar. I don't make an effort to put something in every single day, I don't use only pretty patterned paper and colored pens, and I don't try to stick to a theme. The only rule is that whatever goes into the jar has to be a good thought. No regrets, pouts, or whines allowed.
Of course, you can make your Memory Jar be whatever you want/need it to be. Go as detailed and structured or as vague and freewheeling as you want to, even if that varies from moment to moment. If you want to be able to put your notes in order later (perhaps in a super-simple scrapbook?), just jot the date in the corner. If you want to buy special paper and pens and stickers and stamps, have at it, but it works just the same with whatever you already have on hand. I love the idea of making a Memory Jar for the whole family to contribute to (how fun will it be to go through all the notes together at the end of the summer/year?), but I also like the idea of keeping one all to myself.
Some ways to expand on the concept if you're feeling ambitious:
Now, who's excited to make a Memory Jar? What kinds of things will you put in yours?
That's a great idea. I have a TON of jars under my kitchen sink and I think using one of them for this would be wonderful.
I love this idea! I wish that I had started one years ago.
Thats a cute idea but I probably wouldnt do it
great idea and i love adding the mini photo to it!
those are neat! would be fun to dig out those memories once in a while
Such a great idea! I got a journal to record all the funny and sweet little things dd does, but never followed through. This is so much easier.
I am so excited about this polaroid, I am going to order one on payday. I miss print pics, and this size is cool.