Memorable moments come and go too quickly: weddings, birthdays, graduations, funny things our kids do. Sometimes we wish we could live in those moments just a little longer. To capture these memories, we usually rely on photos and video, but there are lots of creative ways to capture memories. Check our picks for the best ways to capture memories.
1. Start a Memory Jar
A great way to capture memories that gets the whole family involved is a memory jar. Memory jars are simply mason jars that any member of the family can deposit a memory into. When something memorable happens, a member of the family will take a small slip of paper and write the memory down. Drop the paper slips into jar and save them up all year long. When the end of the year comes, get the family together and read the memories aloud. It’s a good idea to write down both the significant and fun, little memories. Sometimes it’s the little things that mean the most.
2. Make a Photo Calendar
Cell phones make it easier than ever to snap tons of photos every year. Sometimes those pictures stay tucked away in your phone’s memory. A cool way to put them to use is to create a photo calendar. Each month take a photo of a memorable time. At the end of the year, have a photo calendar made (or make your own) for next year, pairing the past photos of the month to the month of the following year. This way in the next year you can recall the fond memories that happened in the previous year.
3. Start a Blog
Similar to keeping a journal, a blog is an excellent way to capture memories. You can create entries every day, week or as often as you’d like. A useful feature of blogs is that you can upload all kinds of media to help capture a moment. Photos, audio clips, video, and the written word can all be featured in a blog page to help you document the memory. You don’t necessarily have to be tech-savvy to get started either. Services like WordPress make it very easy to create and maintain simple blog sites. The blogs can be password protected so that only those who you share it with can view the blog.
4. Make Memory Crafts
There are hundreds of ways to capture a memory in a craft. It really is only limited by your imagination. Almost anything can be used as a memory craft. For example, some mothers create ornaments out of their baby’s hospital hat and bracelet. Pull it off with a clear, plastic ornament that opens in the middle and place the items inside. A similar idea makes use of a shadow box and old toys. Fill up a shadow bow with your child’s old toys for an interesting way of decorating your home and capturing memories at the same time.
That wraps up our list for the best ways to capture memories. Cherish each of life’s special moments and remember them for a lifetime with these ideas.