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Friday, January 6, 2012

2012 Memory Jar

 Happy Friday, happy Friends with Flair and HAPPY 2012!!!  To see all of the other awesome Unity FWF creations stop by Unity's blog and hop along.  Remember to leave comments along the way for a chance to win some stamps!  For all of you Unity peeps out there I have a great little project for today to kick off 2012.
 In September I came across a great idea that I implemented immediately. It was a Memory Jar. We started writing little things from the everyday (funny, silly, sweet, cute, happy) moments of our day that might otherwise be forgotten. The idea was to pull the jar out on NYE and reflect and reminisce on the previous year. We had a really busy NYE but pulled the jar out a couple of days later and had a great time reading through our memories from the past few months over breakfast!
I had plans to make a cute decorated jar for our memories but didn't get around to it until yesterday.  Before that we were just throwing them in an empty tin.  Whatever works right.  I have to say though that I like this jar MUCH better!

I got the jar at Hobby Lobby (it was $5 and on sale for 50% off so I only paid $2.50 for it)!  The patterned papers I used are all My Mind's Eye.  I stamped the Happy Memories stamp over and over across the blue PP.  Love that stamp from the Nov 2011 SMAK kit!  I used a Fiskars punch to punch a border from the rainbow PP.  Some random green velvet ribbon finished off the main part of the jar.  I stamped the jar from the Dec 2011 KOM onto script PP (using this was a no brainer since the jar will be filled with written memories).  I cut a small strip of rainbow PP to put over the jar stamp and popped the Filled with Love up from that and attached it to the lid with twine and a jump ring.  The lid also has a Unity stamp on there.  It's a cute Itty Bitty from Bella Blvd called Tell Me More.  I used little alpha stickers from Echo Park on the quote stamp and popped it up from the lid and Mod Podged it.  I wrapped some ribbon and twine around the lid and added a punched flower and a button and used that to attach the jar that hangs from the lid.  
With 2 young children and with as little sleep as I get I LOVE having this jar to toss a little note in with little memories/moments from the day that would otherwise be forgotten.  My 2 1/2 year old daughter says some of the silliest things that I would surely forget if not for writing them down.  My 9 1/2 month son so silly and sweet and is always making these cute little gestures that I never want to forget.  It is SO AMAZING to have a jar of memories from the little moments that would have otherwise been lost and forgotten in the chaos of everyday life!  I am reminded of a quote that says that "it is the little things that make life big" and I find that to be absolutely true.  Precious, happy, silly, sweet, amazing memories!

20 comments:

JPScraps said...

The jar looks great. I wish I would have done a memory jar when my kids were little.

Angie Blom said...

what a great idea.. love it!

Pryn said...

Such an fabulous idea! This is absolutely gorgeous!!!

Jennifer said...

LOVE the little jar tag!! Very CUTE!! (=

Jingle said...

What a fun tradition! I love your jar!

Ruby said...

Love this tag. It is a great way to use that jar stamp.

Kary said...

What a wonderful idea to record memories with your family!! Love your jar, Crystal, it's decorated so beautifully. Happy New Year!!

Linda said...

What a wonderful idea to record memories with your family!! I had friend. who did this everytime she get down. she would pull out a memory to bringht her day.

Martha said...

gorgeous, love it, so glad I have that jar ;)

Cris said...

That jar stamp is adorable... great work!!

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

This is another exciting way to use this little jar! Awesome!

Emily Keaton said...

Super great project! Love that idea. You decorated it beautifully. :)

Sarah Mailloux said...

what a great idea and your jar is so precious!

Marsha said...

Great idea to save memories.

Lindsey said...

What a sweet idea! Your decorated jar looks so pretty.

Glenda J said...

Absolutely fantastic! LOVE the jar!

Danie May said...

What a fabulous idea and beautifully decorated jar to collect your memories throughout the year. I love your combination of stamping from your KOTM and SMAK Kits.

Jessica said...

What a great idea to capture memories. I may have to make a memory jar too. I love the MME papers coupled with the jar tag you have made. Great Job!
:O)
Jessica S

JenMarie said...

Oh how absolutely FABulous!

B. Poteraj said...

Oh what a great idea!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. And how you decorated it.