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diy: memories [calendar]

Since I became a mom a few years ago, I have started to realize how little I can actually remember things, especially the ones I thought I would never forget… like when my daughter started walking or talking or saying the cutest first words… you know, things like that!

I think in the hustle & bustle of the craziness that is parenthood, it is very easy to forget than to remember. Even though on my baby shower, among other things, I received a beautiful journal from my sister to record all the oh-so-cute things Sophia will be doing during her first years, I don’t remember if I ever wrote a single word.

I remember, my dad always urged us to keep a daily diary. He would encourage us by giving us the beautiful leather bound calendar diaries that were given out every year by the company he worked for. I tried and I tried. But I could not make a habit out of it. Though, I must admit, today I would love to read whatever I did write back then!

Now that I am perplexed by how little I remember to be able to pass on to my daughter… I have decided to put a little effort into this. Sure, I have tons of photographs and videos of Sophia, her scribbles and doodles since the time she picked up her first crayon to almost every outfit she has ever worn after coming into this world… but nothing written out with my own hands, in my own hand writing – nothing that gives her a better idea of who her parents are!

So, to start off, here is a simple project I found on the net that ‘seems’ easy enough to add to my routine and possibly, through years, will make for memorable heirlooms.

- What are you doing to save your memories? When it came time to tell stories to your children & grandchildren, will you rely simply on your brain’s memory?

 

Vintage Postcard Calendar Journal

The following is a basic idea of a perpetual calendar. You simply add the current year on each card on the specific day, note down something, anything, small or big that happened that day and you are done! Make sure to repeat the same every year.

Personalize it however you like. The possibilities are endless. In fact, it would be fun to make this for each member of the family incorporating a theme or design of their choice – would be nice to see other people’s perspective on the same date!

Materials:fruit box and 12 postcards (can be found at flea markets)180 4 x 6″ lined index cardsdate stamppaper cutter (or scissors)twine (for gift wrapping)

Step 1: Cut Index cards into halves

Step 2: Stamp the month and date on each card

Step 3: Trim postcards to the same width of the cut index cards and just a bit longer than the index cards

Step 4: Organize postcards by date, dividing each month with the postcards

Step 5: Tie the twine and you are done! Great for gift giving too

 
(project idea & image source: The ultimate diy guide site: Design Sponge)
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=717725173 Fauzia Chishti

    Maryam, I went through your blogs, they are awesome! you are such a talented writer! And I love you for doing what I always wanted to do, that is to write :)

    This is a very creative Idea for hand written memories…..I Might as well try it…..Whenever I go down the memory lane, I think the same about not having anything on record about my children. I started but never completed the journal I bought with so much love and passion to record little things about my children. but whenever I go through the in completed journal, it makes me smile. Wish we all did start or finish writing them. thanks for sharing such a lovely idea for sharing memories!

    • Anonymous

      you are most welcome! thank YOU for reading and liking :)

      as for wanting to write, I think it’s every woman’s secret dream to be able to write. I’m finally able to make my dream come true… very very slowly though. you know how it is with kids :)

      keep reading and thanks again for the encouragement!

      Maryam