How to make a Memory Box

 It’s the start of a new year! Have you thought about your resolutions?

One of mine is to keep track of all the funny or cute things my son says through out the year.  I can’t tell you how many times I mean to write them down and before I know it – I can’t remember exactly what he said! It take less than a minute to jot down- why don’t I do it??

Well, I have found a simple solution that you can do starting now-it’s not too late!

A Memory Box.

Inside  this box are index cards divided into each month and then into each day of the month.  When something significant happens and you want to remember it, just go to the month and day and jot it down with the year next to it. Then as the years go by, you can go back and pull different cards and see what you wrote down on that particular day.

How to make a Memory Box

You will need a recipe box, 365 index cards, at least 12 index dividers, and paper or anything you want to decorate your box with.

How to make a Memory Box

I stamped the days for each month on the index card.

  How to make a Memory Box

How to make a Memory Box

How to make a Memory Box

Next I pulled out my trusty Mod Podge and glued on the paper.

How to make a Memory Box
I didn’t worry too much about the paper fitting perfectly because I would be sanding it down at the end.
How to make a Memory Box

How to make a Memory Box

How to make a Memory Box

Then with a little sand paper I sanded down the edges.
How to make a Memory Box

And there you have it…so easy!
How to make a Memory Box
Now, I know I will never forget those special things my children say or do through out the years to come.
What do you think? Is something that you think you would do?
How to make a Memory Box
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xo
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  1. January 5th, 2013 at 9:52 am
    Missy says:
    I love this idea. I am always writing things down in random places and then I can never find them! I love that everything would be in one place. You made yours so fun to look at - you are so creative!
    • January 6th, 2013 at 8:22 pm
      Cristi says:
      I was always thinking I could remember them in my head... but I never could! It was fun to make!
  2. January 8th, 2013 at 7:43 pm
    elizabeth c says:
    i love it! where did you get your box?
    • January 8th, 2013 at 9:19 pm
      cristi Dame says:
      Great question- because I had a hard time finding one. I finally found what I was looking for at Michaels!
  3. January 8th, 2013 at 8:52 pm
    Julie says:
    This looks great, but if you want something a little simpler (altho not nearly as fancy) you can do what I do. I have colored card stock that I've written each girls' name on (actually we're up to 2 per child) and every now & then I take all the cute things I've written on scrap papers (because I was in the car at the time, or where ever) and copy them down randomly on the card stock (which then gets slipped in their baby book). When I write things on the paper scraps I jot down the date (or at least their age (eg. 4 1/2)) along with their initials. Just recently I took all those scraps & copied them to their correct pages. If I didn't write down the initials & dates I surely would not remember (& some don't have dates - but I can remember - well that was last summer-ish so she would have been 4 1/2). Once in a blue moon I'll pull them out & read them to the girls. You have to be careful & not read ones that are too recent however, as they don't appreciate them until some time has passed.... :)
    • January 8th, 2013 at 9:21 pm
      Cristi Dame says:
      Thanks Julie for another great idea.
  4. January 8th, 2013 at 10:24 pm
    Shelley says:
    This is adorable Cristi. I want to buy yours just the way it is. ;) --I'll have to try to find some time to make this sweet project.
  5. January 9th, 2013 at 9:12 am
    katie says:
    Love this idea. I have a 2 year old little girl that is saying the funniest things these days. We try to remember them and write it down in our journals at night, but this is a far better (and fun!) idea. :)
  6. January 9th, 2013 at 9:37 am
    Pam@behealthybehappywellness says:
    I love this! I jot down the funny things they say on a piece of paper and keep it with the stack of books in my office - but this is so much prettier and better organized - I'm totally in! Looking for an old recipe box today!
  7. January 9th, 2013 at 6:48 pm
    Veronica Almeida says:
    I want to take this idea for little things I find out about that I didn't know before of when someone does or says something kind to me. Love the idea so much that can be expanded to anything.
  8. January 9th, 2013 at 7:18 pm
    Gloria Flores says:
    I wish I had done this with my grandson, now he is five but better late than never. I also wish to buy this cute things already made if I could. (I am not very crafty.)
  9. January 11th, 2013 at 8:08 pm
    Stephanie says:
    SO sweet! The only thing that could make it better is if the already-made-box was a prize and I just won it ;-)
  10. March 20th, 2013 at 1:15 pm
    Joan VanCourt says:
    Loved this post about a memory box. Wish I would have had this when my kids were little. Thanks for sharing. I will be sure to make one for each of my future grandchildren.
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