Monday, November 7, 2011

Memory Jar

I have always been a collector.  As a child I had an awesome sticker collection!  I carried my little unicorn sticker book around everywhere.  The puffy and scratch and sniff stickers were my favorite.  Now that I am an adult I collect vintage cameras and scales, scrapbook supplies (still collecting stickers), picture frames, owls and lots of other stuff.  But one of my favorite things to collect is memories.  How does one collect memories?


In a rusty, old jar of course. 



I collect recital tickets, movie stubs, hotel key cards, and concert tickets.  Each one of these seemingly meaningless pieces of paper is a memory.  They represent time spent together as a family seeing Harry Potter, an amazing U2 concert that my husband and I went to, our trip to Disneyworld in June to see my daughter dance down Mainstreet in Magic Kingdom and so much more. 


This memory jar is one of the things I would save if my house were on fire. After my family and my external hard drive that is! 


31 comments:

KQ said...

Great idea! I collected stickers too. :)

Kim said...

We're doing a memory jar this weekend at Katie's pancake breakfast!

Natalie said...

I have been hoarding ticket stubs, restaurant/shop cards, and small momentos in a pile in my closet. They never seem to make it into albums, but I'm too sentimental to throw them out. I love how this idea contains the treasures and let's you display them in such a pretty way. I will have to start one soon.

Natalie said...

I have been hoarding ticket stubs, restaurant/shop cards, and small momentos in a pile in my closet. They never seem to make it into albums, but I'm too sentimental to throw them out. I love how this idea contains the treasures and let's you display them in such a pretty way. I will have to start one soon.

Lauren Anslee said...

SUCH a cute idea!!

Pati @ A Crafty Escape said...

I love this idea! I am a saver as well... just found a ticket stub from 10 years ago yesterday :) I need a system and this might be the one!

P.S. I'm giving away 25 free shutterfly holiday cards... come on by! http://acraftyescape.blogspot.com/2011/11/giveaway-shutterflys-2011-holiday-cards.html

worldwidemom said...

You know what...this is a great idea. I love it! I have a lots of stuff, tikets etc everywhere and I'm tempted to throw all away..But this could help to organize and save some memories!
thank you for sharing!

Kristen said...

That is a really good idea. I always keep ticket stubs and such but then I think, what am I going to do with this?! Glad to find you on the tt&j linky party :)

Sarah @ Just The Bee's Knees said...

Great idea! I have a ton of concert ticket stubs that i don't want to throw away but couldn't quite figure out what to do with! I'm definitely putting them in a jar:)

Nikki@EverythingUndertheMoon said...

Awesome idea. I'm kind of a pack rat so Id probably have a shelf full of jars! New follower! I would love it if you would stop by and share this at my linky party :) http://everything-underthemoon.blogspot.com/2011/11/bedazzle-me-monday-8.html

Also, PRETTY PLEASE check out Random Acts of Kindness Week going on right now. Would love it if you could participate!!
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Margo said...

Oh I love this idea, I usually throw things out to avoid clutter, but this is a great alternative!

Nicole Bieri said...

Thanks for posting this. I just have a shoe box full of stuff, but I love that you can see the memories in the jars.

shopannies said...

love this idea and the old rusty jar you keep the memory pieces in come see me at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

G Inspires said...

I like to save everything and I love this! Thanks for sharing...visiting from Sugar Bee Crafts

KelliB said...

This is so cute! My best friend and her boyfriend attend every concert they can, this would be so cute for them! I would love if you shared this over at Totally Inspired Tuesdays at The Inspired Collection! Its going on now!

Kelli
www.theinspiredcollection.blogspot.com

Honeybee said...

Great idea- I never know what to do with all the tickets. Usually I put them in journals but I love the jar idea. We also have a sand collection at our home, where we collect sand from wherever we go & put them in jars.

Georgina said...

I LOVE This idea!!! Thanks fo sharing! ;)

Wendy said...

Love the Memory Jar! I wanted to include it in my Honor Your Heirlooms series! http://lifescollections.com/stuff/honor-your-heirlooms-share-the-stories-of-your-stuff/
Hope you got my email!

Wendy
www.lifescollections.com

Kristin Henry said...

I could kick myself! I threw out most of my ticket stubs, miscellaneous key cards, park stubs.. about three or four months ago. This would have been perfect. I am a scrapbook-er and never got around to putting them in a album and thought I would never do it so I tossed them because I have this thing about being organized. Seen this on Pinterest today,what a great idea! I am going to start a jar today! One question, what kind of jar are you using.. size?

Larissa T. said...

This is so cool! And I still have my sticker collection. I'd love to do this one day ... would you mind if I pinned (on Pinterest with a link back to this post) it for later reference?

mrs. r said...

Love this idea! It looks great as decor in my family room too. Thanks for the idea! I am giving you a shout out on my blog tomorrow.

THANK YOU!

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CasaFrost said...

What a great idea, think I will try and "sell" the idea to my son, who is talking about putting all his movie tickets in a book.... And let me tell you, that book is going to be huge...lol - this seems better. Thanks for sharing.

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