Collecting memories

Memory Box's

I have decided to create a memory box (or a safe keep box).  This isn’t my idea, it came from the book I read recently (“The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin).  Around my house I have lots of little bits and pieces that I treasure, but they are scattered in drawers and boxes and will one day get lost or broken and that will make me sad.  So the other day I went and bought a pretty box (from the $$ shop) and have started to gather up those memories and store in one place. 

So what am I keeping?

It might be a movie ticket or something that someone made for me, a special card or note that I have received, a menu from a restaurant or favourite piece of lace or ribbon - just little things that remind me of those I love or places I have been.  I have things that my sons have given me over the years or something of theirs that I want to keep - these are extra special memories. Usually mothers build memory boxes for their children, but I also think it is important for us to built our own as they will be such wonderful gifts for our children and grandchildren later in life. 

Memory Books
Some of my son's art work in his memory book.
When my children were little I created “scrapbooks”.  These weren't fancy and didn't take up a lot of time—in a large scrapbook I gathered together selected drawings (their very early scribbles all the way through to their teens), paintings, school work, sports certificates, poetry etc.. to create a wonderful memory of their childhood. These have been useful when I have created their 21st photo books which I have called "0 to 21".  I scanned in paintings and school work to include among the photos. These can, of course be made into fancy scrapbooks, but as I am not into scrap booking (nor do I have the time), this is a much quicker way to do things (and cheaper).  My eldest son has been given his and it's his fiance that loved it and has had a great time looking through it—and I am sure any children they have will also love looking at what their dad did when he was little.

There are many ways to preserve memories, something I think is important in families—more so now in our fast electronic age when things can easily go astray.

This is my eldest son's "Zero to Twenty-one" photo book that I made him - 100 pages of photos, art work, poetry and stories he had written. It will make a wonderful keepsake for his children.  I am planning to start a book for my youngest son for when he turns 21. I have almost completed one I have made for my parents of their early life.


  1. Hello, Dear (the ironing ALWAYS waits around here!) I have been posting about this same thing...going through the "keep" boxes ~ and adding to them ~ ;) You have a lovely blog, and I'm a new follower! ♥
    Anne :)

    1. Thanks for stopping by - lovely to meet you. I have just visited your Pinterest page and did some re-pinning. I love Pineresting, so much fun !!!

  2. hi friend...i will have myself to start looking in my old boxes for some..your blog is lovely and the posts also..thanks for sharing...take care..

  3. What a brilliant idea! I have so many treasures here and there - I really should bring them all together into the one keepsake box or something - it would make a lot more sense!!
    The digital age makes me sad sometimes - once upon a time after you took photos, you went and got them printed out (otherwise you would never see them)... I miss that. I always *intend* to get some of my digital photos printed for memories (what if the digital ones got destroyed or lost or deleted by accident?), but I just never seem to get around to it. Maybe I'll make that a project for next summer. It will be a time-consuming project!


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