We wanted to share some of our (and our reader’s) favorite projects with you during Keeping Christmas this year. This Memory Jar/Scrapbook in a Jar project from Amber Graham has excited quite a lot of interest. Unless you want to add memories from 2012, you would of course need to update the year! We think a project this good bears repeating… recycling… up-cycling??? Well, whatever it is, enjoy and pass it along.
by Amber Graham/photos by Kelly Carr
This is one of my favorite projects of our series. I don’t scrapbook but wanted a way to save family keepsakes and memories throughout the year. This jar contains supplies to jot down memories quickly, provides a place to keep small mementos, and looks great while doing it!
Gather your supplies:
blank gift tags
die cut labels (optional)
Print the year on a die-cut label. (Alternately, print on scrapbook paper or cardstock. Trim with decorative scissors if desired.)
Give the back of the label an even coat of Mod Podge.
Affix to the outside of the jar. Allow time for it to dry, then seal the label with a coat of Mod Podge.
Put the blank tags onto a binder ring. (You could skip the tags and binder ring and just add scraps of paper. I just like the look of the tags and the fact that the binder ring keeps things tidy.)
Use the tags to jot down things you want to remember: firsts, a funny comment by one of your children, the accomplishment of a family member, etc
Add throughout the year: ticket stubs from movies, concerts, or sporting events, snapshots, small souvenirs from travels, any trinket or token attached to something you want to remember. You might need a BIG jar!
Keep it in a place that is accessible and encourage your family to add to the jar.
one afternoon or evening
at the end of 2012
build a cozy fire,
make some yummy treats,
fill some mugs with cocoa and…
reflect on the blessings of 2012!