Last week, I wrote about New Year’s Resolutions and shared with you some of my more crafty/creative ones and how I was planning on keeping on track with them this year. I mentioned that I also had a selection of personal resolutions, there is one in particular that I have put a lot of thought into and wanted to share with you; Savoring the positive memories of 2015 to assist in being a more positive person and to help me really live in the moment. I thought that this might not be a resolution that not only I had, perhaps my tools to help me do this might help you too.
First, a little background; skip down to the tutorial if this is all too boring for you. A few years ago, I went through a bit of a rough patch. I was dealing with past traumas that had reared their ugly heads. As a result of my overly emotional state I lost quite a few people in my life that I thought were close friends and I pulled away from the amazing people still in my life. However, in 2014 I improved immeasurably; I started to reconnect with the amazing people in my life and I made some amazing new friends. I just know that with such an amazing (sorry no other words to describe them) group of supportive friends in my life, I am going to have such an amazing year in 2015.
My only concern is that I may lack the ability to be present in the joy and lose the opportunity to savor all the positive moments coming my way. Mr Hubby made a fantastic suggestion at the start of last year, he encouraged me to keep a Memory Jar* for 2014. I kept it up for part of the year but because I wasn’t reaping any rewards throughout the year, my motivation dwindled. This year I will keep going with the Memory Jar, however, I am going to supplement it with a tool that will enable instant and ongoing rewards. I will show you how to make a Memory Catcher.
The idea of the Memory Catcher is to record memories of happy events and experiences throughout the year, you can also include the times where you showed strength and courage overcoming something difficult or achieved something that you are really proud of. Catching the memory is easy, hang the frame in a predominate place in your house, somewhere that you will be able to see it each day. Than write in the frame or attach a photo or ticket stump or invitation to it and then every time you walk past it you can stop and remember all the great times you have had. When your Memory Catcher starts to get full you can than transfer some/all of the photos/tickets/invites into your Memory Jar and write the note onto a piece of paper to put into your Memory Jar before erasing them to make room for the new memories.
To make the Memory Catcher you will need;
- Frame – size and design is completely up to you. You can make it to suit your décor or you to stand out.
- Plain Paper –to use as the backing, it can be white like I used or soft colour like the pink in the image below
- Decorative Paper – this is for the year – this is optional, I wanted to change mine up every year by using different paper for the year
- 2015 template – you can download the free template I created for you below
- Letter stickers – I wanted to put a prompt at the top of the frame to encourage me to write on it
- Magnates – you will need them in pairs but the total number will depend on the size of your frame
- Paint – to decorate the magnets, you could use spray paint or nail polish as pictured in the image below
- Narrow cardboard tube; to use as a marker holder
- Whiteboard/dry erase markers
Tools you will need;
- Protective sheet to spray paint on and personal protective equipment to protect yourself – if using spray paint
- Printer – to print off the template
- Scissors and/or craft knife
- Washi tape or painters tape – something that you can remove from paper without damage
- Double sided tape
- Glue – I found that hot glue wasn’t the best choice for me as my magnets were REALLY strong and it would have just come right off the frame
Step 1. Prepare your magnets for painting – clean them of any oil, dirt or dust (or the paint/polish wont stick)
Step 2. Stack the magnets in pairs (This way you keep the surface touching your photos free from paint)
Step 3. Paint the magnets – depending on your paint/polish you may need a number of coats
Step 4. Leave magnets aside to dry
Step 5. Print and cut out the 2015 template
Step 6. Tape the template to your decorative paper – I positioned the template to make the most of the pattern
Step 7. Trace around the template and cut it out
Step 8. If you wish to further decorate your 2015 you can do so now – my paper was a little pale so I coloured the edges with a purple ink pad
Step 9. Cut your backing paper to fit the frame and secure it to the back of the frame with double-sided tape – this isn’t 100% necessary it is mostly just my OCD
Step 10. Glue or tape the 2015 onto the backing paper and replace the back of the frame
Step 11. Using the Letter stickers write out a prompt at the top of the frame
Step 12. Cut the cardboard tube to size, you need it tall enough to holder your markers but not too tall that you can’t get them out. If you do not have a tube you can make one by simply rolling cardboard into a tube an securing with tape or glue, it doesn’t need to be super strong, unless you have REALLY heavy markers.
Step 13. Cover the tube in decorate paper
Step 14. Glue the magnets and the tube onto the frame
Step 15. Hang it and start Catching your Memories
If you want to make one like mine here is a few links to the supplies you could use
- Decorative Paper
- Letter stickers
- Nail polish
- Whiteboard/dry erase markers
- 2015 template – Eclectic Handmade Creations FREE download
*Memory Jars are a jar or container in which you store pieces of paper with memories written on them. The idea is that you start at the beginning of a new year and then on New Year’s Eve you read over all the notes and remember all the great times that you had throughout the year.
What creative things will you be making to keep you on track with your New Years resolutions? If you make a Memory Catcher share an image on social media and tag Eclectic Handmade Creations (links at top right of this page). I would love to see them!