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7 Unique Ways to Preserve Your Family's Special Memories (Aside from a Photo Album!)
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  • In our fast-paced world where time seems to fly by faster than we are even aware of, it can be easy to lose track of the little moments that make family life so special. It is for this reason that many of us love to take photos and memorabilias that record those events, may they be significant affairs or everyday happenings.

    7 unique ways to capture family memories

    There are so many other ways to preserve those precious moments aside from simply keeping boxes of photo albums somewhere in your home. If you've taken countless photos of your family, here are 7 ideas for memorabilias you can try to immortalize your family’s unique journey.

    Write in a daily journal

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    It may sound old-fashioned, but there’s nothing like a journal to record your daily family life! From your child’s milestones to funny instances to even sad moments, keeping a regular journal is something you can look back on in the future when you’re feeling like going on a nostalgia trip.

    Organize it in a portfolio

    A simple portfolio can be a great way to not only preserve your child’s memorabilias and achievements but also to organize the paper clutter you have at home. You’ll finally have a place for your child’s artworks, test papers, certificates, and other sorts of loose sheets flying around your space!

    For more ideas on how to store your child’s artworks, click here.

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    Create your own family yearbook

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    Yearbooks aren’t just for schools — they can also be a fun and special way to store photographs and other memories your family shared throughout the year! While you can have your family yearbook professionally created, you can also make an art project out of it by gathering everyone for some scrapbooking.

    Film a vlog

    Hop on the vlogging bandwagon! Take out your phone and capture adorable home videos of your family during your everyday activities, such as eating, hanging out indoors, watching TV, and playing. The clips don’t need to be too long, too well-made, or even uploaded online; you can just store them in a hard drive so that when you want to watch them in a couple of years, you would know where to look.

    Keep track using a growth chart

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    Kids grow so much every single day that it can be difficult to keep track of. A growth chart, such as wooden rulers where you can mark your child’s height as he keeps growing, is a great way to watch how your little one develops. You can try getting separate charts for each child or even just use a specific color of chalk or marker for each one.

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    Make your own time capsule

    Creating a time capsule is pretty simple: Just gather some items that are unique or memorable at present, and which will impart special knowledge about the present year to people in the future. The contents of your time capsule don’t have to be fancy or expensive. They can include newspaper clippings showing the current headlines, popular toys, letters or short messages, fashion items that are trendy at the moment, money, and even current technology. Don’t forget to include a brief description of the contents of the box and a message to the person who will open the time capsule in the future.

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    Once you’ve sealed your box of unique items, it’s time to find a place to store it, where it will not be bothered or damaged (it doesn’t necessarily have to buried!). Finally, set a specific date on which the time capsule is to be opened, and make sure to provide everyone a way to be reminded of that date. What a fun way to look back on the past, right?

    Put up a pushpin map

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    If traveling is something you and your family enjoy doing, why not try documenting your trips by putting up a map inside your home and indicating the locations you’ve visited with pushpins? You can even try putting up photos, postcards, and other memorabilia from your vacations so you always have a way to remember that time. This can also serve as a unique piece of décor for your space!

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