The offices of memory are collection and distribution. -Samuel Johnson
There are so many times when I sit down in the evening and open my journal.... and then can't remember what I had intended to write. The memory has just slipped between the floorboards, or floated out the window. I'm not sure which. Yet the laughter, the fun, the cute sayings of the kids had seemed poignant enough at the time. Surely, I could remember them now to record. Sadly, no.
Is it just me, or do you struggle to recall those special moments, too?
If so, this simple little idea may help you remember those 'unforgettable' moments with your kids and family.
It's a really simple Blackboard Memory Plate. I saw something similar a while back on Pinterest. I tried to recreate the finished article but it was rather like those Pinterest fails. The idea was to paint a circle of blackboard paint onto a plate and use it to leave notes to your family or highlight the evening's meal. But, despite intense concentration and following the instructions to the best of my ability, the painted blackboard on my plate could not be called a circle by any stretch of the imagination.
A simple memory aid
So, here's my simple version. It's so easy you could involve your kids in creating it. They'll probably want to write on it, too, once it's finished. But that's ok. Use it to write down anything memorable that happens throughout the day. Display it prominently. And.. in the evening, either transfer it all to your journal or take a photo of the blackboard plate and add it to your family albums. Hopefully, your plate will look attractive and photo-worthy, especially with your noted memories.
I also use my Blackboard Plate to write up the weekly joke or riddle for my oldest grandson when he pops in. It's something he'll look for, even though he groans and calls my jokes 'lame'. But then he responds with his own joke so I add that one, too.
You'll find the instructions below.
Instructions for making a Blackboard Memory Plate
You will need: a large plate (You don't need to go out and buy one. An old one will work just as well and it doesn't need to be white. You'll also need a roll of adhesive blackboard film. These are very inexpensive and you don't need much. You'll need a plate stand. I also used stickers but again, don't go out and buy them. Use up some of your old scrapbooking stickers or the ones you set aside for the kids to use. It's just to add a splash of colour.
If you want to be really creative, you could make a Blackbooard Memory Plate for different kids and decorate them accordingly- baby stickers for little ones, sporty ones for your older kids, favourite colours or themes and more.
Step 1: Find another plate that is just slightly smaller than the one you intend for your Memory Plate. Use this to trace around as a circle template on the blackboard adhesive.
Step 2: Cut it out. Peel off the backing sheet and carefully position in the centre of your Memory Plate. You'll find that, even if you make a mistake, you can reposition it without any drama.
Step 3: This one really is optional. I think it provides added appeal, but you may not require it if your plate already has a decorative edge.
I added some small themed stickers around the edge of the plate- just ones that I found amongst some of my scrapbooking supplies.
Most importantly, using a plate stand, you can now display your Memory Plate and add notes and highlights throughout the day. Don't forget to record them later.
Just a quick note: despite my teaching days, I don't like to use blackboard chalks on my plate. They're just a bit thick and difficult to write with on a smaller surface. I bought a white pastel pencil and it works really well. You could use any colours, too.
Give it a go... I think you'll enjoy it.
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I've decided to accept the 31Day blogging challenge with my own focus for the month: falling in love with small moments.