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Some people love traditional scrapbooking, but others are always looking for new, different ways to capture the memories of their child’s earliest accomplishments. If you’re looking to try something new, here are five ideas for awesome ways to remember your child’s first years.
One of the most fun ways to keep track of your child’s special moments is a scrap box. It functions exactly as the name implies. When you have an item that you want to keep to remind you of a special memory, simply toss it in the box. No separators, no labels, no organization, just items in a box. Then, once your child is a bit older and you’re ready for a trip down memory lane, open your box and lay out the contents. Pick up each item and talk with your child about the memories attached to that object. A scrap box is also an excellent choice because if you decide years down the road that you want to make a more organized memory book, you’ve got everything you need right in the box!
Thanks to a number of movie making programs available, it’s very simple to turn your child’s memories into a professional-looking movie that you can enjoy for years to come. Simply take any video footage – it can even be recorded on your smartphone – and fire up any movie making program to get started. You can add in slideshows if you have pictures you want to include as well. If you don’t have a movie program already installed on your computer, a quick internet search will easily set you on the right track. If you’d rather leave the technology to someone with a bit more know-how, there are plenty of companies available to help as well.
Think of memory folders as a more organized version of the scrap box idea above. Create folders for each year, each event, each “first,” etc. and then put all the relevant items in each folder. Then when you’re hunting down a specific memory, you can simply pull out the right folder and have everything in one place. Furthermore, this is also a great way to set yourself up for creating memory books down the road. It is a fun, simple way to get all those memories in one place.
Many busy moms collect pictures and accomplishments through the years. Then later, put together there memory books for their kids. Get creative with this idea by taking the extra time to decorate each folder to reflect the memory it represents. In this way, the folders themselves become a sort of scrapbook, with the contents providing more information and memories. Then, you will be organized to put your scrapbook whenever you have the time!
For the slightly more tech savvy among us, creating a website to chronicle your child’s first years is not only a novel idea, but also one that’s easy to share with friends and family. Set up each event or milestone like a blog post, add pictures and voila – you have a perfect record of every one of your child’s activities. It will be complete with dates, already arranged in chronological order. Available on any computer, tablet or phone anywhere in the world. Taking a trip down memory lane has never been easier
A memory calendar is a fun, easy way to keep track of all of your child’s milestones. The idea is simple – buy a large “desk calendar” and keep track of everything that you think deserves a note. First steps, first trip to the park, first doctor’s appointment, first haircut, first Christmas, and so on and so on. Feel free to decorate as little or as much as you want! You can doodle next to your notes, add stickers, use washi tape – anything is fair game.
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