Now that the summer is almost over, how do we preserve these memories? Take a few minutes before the busy routine of school begins to put together a family album of summer keepsakes. Whether it's in a scrapbook, photo album, or shoebox, these mementoes chronicle tidbits of family life that often become lasting traditions. Your kids will love showing friends and family how they spent their summer vacation.
Want a quick and easy way to make a time capsule of your summer vacation? Make a keepsake jar.
Find a large, clean, wide mouth jar (mayonnaise jars work well) to hold your treasures.
Paint and decorate the lid.
Gather together pictures, ticket stubs, sea shells, maps, souvenirs, pressed flowers or anything that has sentimental value from you summer vacation.
Write names and dates on the back of photographs. Place all of your items inside the jar. On brightly colored paper, write a few notes about each event. You may want to interview other family members for their thoughts as well.
Preserve your summer stories in a place of honor. Kids will enjoy getting their keepsake jar down to tell stories for many summers to come.
By Rondi Hillstrom Davis
About The Author: Rondi Hillstrom Davis is the co-author of the award-winning book Together: Creating Family Traditions. To check out her website that's jam packed with family ideas, visit <http://www.togetherparenting.com>
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Hello my name is Vivian and I own a scrapbooking store in South Florida Let's Scrap. I think a keepsake jar is a great idea. However, I find that making a small 6"x6" or 8"x8" scrapbook is fun and easy. These smaller sizes are made just for that. You can scrap an entire summer of memories in a flash. Visit your local scrapbook store and see what
they have...remember to take your pictures with you. That way you can match perfectly the color of your embellishments and paper to those of the photos.
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