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Friday, January 27, 2012

A Vacation Memory Jar...

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I have wanted to make a 'Vacation Memory Jar' for a long time.
I just love the look of them....something touchable and tangible.
Inside this jar rests the memories and sand from our family vacation to Florida in March 2011.
I really would have loved to use an antique jar, but I had visions of it being knocked or smashed on the floor....those types of things happen in this house....so I found this acrylic jar to use as  a safer choice.
I like the size and shape...perfect for this project.
I used simple twine to tie around the top for rustic feel....along with some scraps from my scrapbooking stash.
Some tiny clothespins worked well for attaching a tag to the picture.
I also used a photo overlay to add the pattern around the outside edge of the picture.
And sand from Cocoa Beach....a place that my family has been visiting since 1982.
The shells were collected by the children.
The little bottle full of shells we purchased from 'Ron Jon's'...a Cocoa Beach Landmark.
This project didn't take very long to put together after I had assembled the jar and my stash of scrapbooking embellishments.
I just played until I got a look that was pretty to me.
{It was extremely hard to photograph though...because of light & reflection!}
The memory jar sits on a shelf in a place that we can all enjoy.
It was a such a fun project to make.
I think this would be so lovely to make as a keepsake for a wedding too....with a pretty picture inside of the bride & groom and dried flowers from the wedding...it would be stunning and unique!




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35 comments:

Nancy said...

Love it!

Gayle Boyd said...

How sweet! I love the little jar within a jar, what a great keepsake! I'm pinning this for later :)

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

What a pretty and great idea.

jodie said...

I love your ideas Angie. We went camping at the beach a few weekends ago and I ALWAYS collect white pebbles. Just the white ones and I am become very selective and I was thinking of a jar type of display but this is brilliant - thanks for sharing!
Now, as you are an organisational queen, could you please do a laundry post. I have the teeniest tiniest laundry, I work almost full time now that school is back and we are in the midst of the rain/flood season and my laundry is just not coping!
Also, do you children and husband support your systems? as in do they put things back when you have organised a corner? Mine don't and I find it sooooo frustrating. Jodie xx

Al@PolkaDotsandPaisley said...

Really cute! I love the bottle inside the jar. The wedding idea is a good one too. I'll have to keep that in mind for this summer.

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

I love that idea. I meant to make a Christmas ornament using a similar idea for our oldest son and his wife for Christmas, but never found the time to make it. I think I may make it for their first wedding anniversary though. Great idea with the mini clothespins. So cute.

Coco loves vintage said...

Lovely idea :)

CosmoGirl Carla said...

Good Morning, Angie! I just LOVE your jar of memories. What a fabulous idea. As are so many of your ideas ;o) I took some time catching up on your past posts - good stuff as always.

Have a great weekend.

חתולי8 said...

really beautiful! and you gave me a great idea!
Lior

Hanneke said...

This is a great project! Love that you turned a jar, picture and some small items into this great decoration. Hugs, Hanneke

Sarah said...

Great idea! What a lovely reminder of a wonderful time.

Kristie said...

This is such a great idea! I especially like yours with the beach theme and little bottle of shells! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

Kim @ The Educators' Spin On It said...

As the years are passing with each child the trips are all starting to blur. I LOVE this idea! Can't wait to start doing it on our next trip!

Limefreckle said...

I just found your blog from your profile on Hodgepodge, and I love it! I've already pinned your beach memory jar for future reference! I love to find new blogs, especially fellow Canadians!

Kellie Brown said...

What a fun and unique idea. I love it!

Jen Lossing, The Consigner Designer said...

I just love this! I think it is a great idea to remember a family vacation with a new twist on it. Something different than a regular ol' picture frame. Great job!

Anastasia Bykova said...

Absolutely brilliant!

Christine @ Stonehouse Living said...

Hi Angie,
This is such a good idea. Love the idea for the Wedding one as well.
It is so pretty and the kids must love it!!
All the Best,
Christine

Jessica @ Stay at Home-ista said...

I will certainly use this for our summer vacation to Hawaii, great idea. Thank you for stopping by.

April said...

I love this idea-I saw it in a magazine once. Yours looks great! I like how you can really see the photo. The one I saw before just seemed like a bunch of stuff stuck in a jar and hard to see.

Tanya from Dans le Townhouse said...

Lovely idea! Your blog is fabulous, just came over from Barbara's . . .

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

I love this idea, what a fun way to display a vacation memento. It would be super cool if would come by today to enter my giveaway for a $50 Lowe's gift card and to link up to my very first party! http://thespacebetweenblog.wordpress.com/2012/01/31/imagine-the-impossibilities-link-party-1/
Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

Rachel said...

I absolutely love this idea!!!
Rachel
adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com

lauren @ West Furniture Revival said...

ADORABLE! i LOVE this idea!

G Inspires said...

This is such a great idea, thanks for sharing! Visiting via The Creative Spark!

G Inspires said...

This is such a great idea, thanks for sharing! Visiting via The Creative Spark!

PitterAndGlink said...

LOVE this! :)

Kathryn said...
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Kathryn - www.ribbonsandrope.blogspot.com said...

What a great idea! Eventually you could have a shelf or windowsill full of vacation memories. What a great reminder of special times!

Carla said...

I love this idea! I Pinned it so I wouldn't forget where it was and so far it's been repinned 483 times!

Lesley said...

This looks great!! How fun would it be to have a big series of these jars from different vacations. Great job!

Lesley
byporchlight.blogspot.com

The Hill Hangout said...

I love this. Such a sweet idea, and you could things from most any type vacation :)

Val @ Home Made Modern said...

This is a GREAT idea! What an awesome way to keep your family's mementos up front and center where you can enjoy looking at them, instead of tucked away in photo albums. You'll be my craft of the week on Monday!
http://homemademodern.blogspot.com/2012/08/craft-of-week-vacation-memory-jars.html

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Julia Nyanyo said...

I love this idea, its so simple but effective. Perfect for a special holiday.

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