Wednesday, April 16, 2008

WFMW: Memories in a Can

For those who are scrapbook-deficient like myself(LOL):

I don't remember where I saw this idea but I shamelessly stole it and ran with it! And, it's really worked for us! The last two Januarys, I went to our local Lowe's paint department and purchased a plain empty paint can with lid.

During the month, we place the "memorabilia" of our recent activities in it. At the end of each month, I also glance through a month worth of photos and pick out a few (particularly of an activity where we don't have stubs, brochures, guides, etc.), label then with a date, and add them in.

Then, on New Year's Eve, we open the can! Last December 31st, we finished dinner, cleared the table and opened a year worth of memories! Pojke's a little small to remember all of it (given he turned one in January 2007 LOL) but Flicka remembered nearly everything!

And, the memory can is labeled with the appropriate year and stored (somewhat) more conveniently on a shelf in the basement.

We've already started the 2008 can and here's what's in it so far:

Pics of Pojke's birthday, Momma's "big 40" candles, Pojke's first haircut before-and-after photos, Flicka's birthday candles and photos, tickets and photos from the Vikings' first hockey game, and stubs from a trip to Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry when we went to visit Aunt Peggy in the hospital.

Not as neat, orderly, nor pretty as scrapbooking - but cheaper and easier works for me! LOL

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Christina said...

I like this idea too. I think maybe I read about it once in a magazine like Family Circle.

You are so creative and fun. I feel like I'm pretty boring when I read about all the stuff you and your kids do.

Is the weather there as nice as it is here today? It's 57 according to my computer and we're going to the local state park later today. I'm almost as excited as Emily is!

Have a great day!

Kara said...

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

Debbie said...

This is soooo cool!! So much better than getting tucked in a drawer! :)
*blushing* because I am guilty of this.

Jackie said...

I really love this idea, and I'm going to start as soon as I can! Thanks for sharing!

On another note.....I noticed that you are the doing the Financial Peace program. My hubby and I did this in 2004, and it was the absolute best thing that has ever happened to us. Keep it up, it it sooooo worth it!

GiBee said...

Very cool idea!!!