Aug 222013
 
Keeping up appearances don't make for good stories

Keeping up apprearances ?Dignity is overrated

We all want to look our best and present ourselves in a positive light whenever we can. Keeping up appearances and putting your best foot forward is great advice going into a job interview, but it’s not the legacy you want to leave for your loved ones in your writing.

Keeping up Appearances is Boring

Perfection is boring, which is why I avoid it so ardently. All kidding aside, perfection does little to connect you with others. Continue reading »

Aug 202013
 

When you’re writing, journaling, or scrapping your family’s  history, historic images, like pictures of your past, offer something other illustrations can’t.

Historic images include immigration and naturalization records

Just think how cool it would be to include an immigration record like this with the story of your ancestor.

Historic images don’t just increase visual appeal; they offer evidence of the footsteps of the past, bringing texture and meaning to your narratives. Continue reading »

Aug 152013
 

Superstar sports memories Every teen athlete—whether a NCAA Division I hopeful or recreational player—has sports memories worth preserving. Today’s post is part of the LinkedIn “Superstar” blog hop.

We hope our interpretations of “Superstar” gives you some inspiration for your own superstar. If you’re coming from Patty  Chenail’s site  at http://www.stamppattys.com/2013/08/august-blog-hop.html, you’re at the right place. Continue reading »

Aug 012013
 

your hobbies include gardening Share your memories by showcasing your passions and your hobbies.

Your hobbies and interests can tell a lot about you. However, some hobbies lend themselves to showing-off better than others. If you’re a gardener and have neighbors, everyone around knows the extent of your green thumb. (Unless deer come through and eat all your perennials, but that’s another topic.) The key words there are everyone around. All your neighbors might be aware of your garden prowess, but your loved ones ten states away might not be. The same goes for quilting, photography, woodworking, and the like. Continue reading »

Jul 182013
 
Shelf for kids awards

Ribbons range from reading awards to cross-country awards; I draped the graduation honor cords to showcase them more.

Kids’ awards are natural gems for a Treasure Chest. We all want to preserve, highlight, and display all our kids’ awards, but a hectic life and our natural propensity to procrastinate get in the way. Here’s some quick and easy ways to make sure your kids’ awards don’t get lost in the shuffle

Display kids’ awards

If your child is into sports, they probably have all sorts of awards that lend themselves to display. Especially small children receive “participation” ribbons, medals, and trophies. These are great to display in their bedrooms. Hanging shelves with peg are great for these if the top of the dresser is already full. The trophies (or other treasured objects) can go on the horizontal surface, and ribbons can hang from the pegs. Continue reading »

Jul 152013
 

Your memories seem elusiveThe title says it all—here are 5 more reasons (and one old one) why you should write about your memories.

Your Memories Matter

First of all, you don’ t have to live a “Wow—you-should-write-a-book-about-your-life” type of existence for your memories to matter. Your journey might be interesting because it’s drastically different from the stories of other people. On the other hand, your memories might be interesting precisely because they are not dissimilar. They might resonate because they parallel the daily rhythms and milestones that everyone experiences. Continue reading »

Jun 242013
 
Letter writing reveals relationships

Letters from our “Treasure Chest” not yet preserved correctly.

Letter writing, particularly letters written in cursive, stamped, and mailed, is a dying art. When we look through storage boxes, some of most precious jewels we’ll find are letters. (See An actual Treasure Chest of Memories.)  These letters from the past reveal a lot more than penmanship. They give a glimpse of personality, the formality of the personal relationship, and historical perspective. Continue reading »

Jun 212013
 

Scrapbook little traditions When we think about traditions, we think about the big ones, like holidays and family reunions.  Listening to 8 Years Lost,” Paperclipping.com’s Round Table interview with Jackie Wood, I was struck by her yearning to remember the everyday routines and the little traditions. (Read Jackie’s Guest Post Eight Years of Memories Lost. ) Continue reading »

Jun 152013
 

Blog Hop Scrapbook Tutorial Today’s post is part of the June Blog Hop and offers a scrapbook tutorial for my interpretation of our “What June Means to Me…” theme.

What does June mean to you? We hope our interpretations will provide you with some inspiration. If you’re coming from Cindy Murray’s Crafty Neighbor blog at http://craftyneighbor.blogspot.com/2013/06/june-blog-hop.html, you’re at the right place.

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Jun 102013
 
My Mom THings I want to Remember

My mother posed for her mother. The photograph is torn, but the memory is still intact.

In her “Treasure Chest,” my grandmother wrote an essay entitled “Things I Want to Remember.” In it, she briefly dwelt on her memories of each of her children. What makes this such a gem, however, isn’t simply a mother’s descriptions of her growing children, but rather the way in which she allows her readers access to those scenes in her memory as if she were leaving a snapshot in time. Continue reading »