Thursday, January 29, 2015

DIY memory box

Being a working mom of 5 means that my free time is very limited. And that also means that I don't always have time to "keep up" with my scrapbooking and memory keeping. (Really, is anyone completely "caught up" anyway?) Sometimes it takes me a while to get photos and memories onto a scrapbook page, so in order to keep those photos and memories fresh and organized I decided to try a new system this year--a memory box!

memory box by aly dosdall 1

I've seen this idea in various forms floating around Pinterest and the blogosphere lately and I really love it. So, after looking at several different systems and types of memory boxes I came up with one that I think will work for me. The idea is that I record memories from each month of the year on Grid Journaling Cards, and then print my 4x6 photos (or photo collages) each month and store them with the journaling cards until I have time to create a page using the printed photos and hand written stories. 

memory box by aly dosdall 2

All of the memory boxes I've seen have been store-bought, but I tend to be a DIY kind of gal so I decided to use some We R tools to help me create my own little 4x6 filing box. To learn how I made my own box, visit the We R blog HERE.
Then I printed my 4x6 photos and Instagram photo collages and placed them in the proper month. I'll leave this sitting on a visible and accessible surface in my craft room so that I can easily record memories and add photos as the month progresses.

box contents

memory box by aly dosdall_january contents

memory box by aly dosdall_journaling cards

I'm really excited about this new system. It's totally easy and low-stress, but will still allow me to keep my photos and memories organized until I can get them into my scrapbook!


Jeannine said...

I like this idea. I have a small chest that barely holds a 4 x 6 card. I have a section for each special person, but not by date. My journaling notes have been written on whatever paper was available - from post-its to tablet paper. The box is a mess. I am going to give this system a try. Pictures and journaling together in one spot, what's not to love? Thanks, Aly! Like how you decorated the box!

Bethany Rielage said...

I really like this idea - it'd be perfect to have on my desk as inspiration!