31 Days :: Storing Mementos + Free Memory Keeper

by jessicaturner on October 24, 2011

This is the 24th day in a series: 31 Days of Memory Keeping. Check out all the posts here.

Sometimes mementos can’t be put in a photo book. They are three-dimensional and need space.

Here are three ideas  for storing mementos:

12×12 envelopes: In my scrapbooks, I love to use these 12×12 envelopes by Becky Higgins (they are releasing soon – I have some old ones from past CK kits) . I think they are especially great for greetings cards – I have one filled with congratulations/new baby cards in each of my kids’ baby books. I plan to include one in my Project Life album next year to save cards that we receive throughout the year.

Shadow Boxes: I love shadow boxes! My first shadow box held an autographed copy of the book, Alicia: My Story in it. I recently saw this shadow box one on Pinterest and plan to make one like it it in a couple years when Elias grows out of playing with matchbox cars every second of every day. I’m sure Lightening McQueen and Tow Mater will be in his. :)

Source: None via Jessica on Pinterest

 

I also love this one to display shoes – I think I might make a similar one with Elias and Adeline’s first shoes, side by side.

Source: None via Jessica on Pinterest


Memory Keepers (my fave!): I have recently become introduced to these memory boxes from Paper Coterie and love them for storing greeting cards, school treasures and little pieces of life.

The first time I ordered one, when it arrived I audibly gasped over the beauty. In all my years of making photo products, I have never seen anything like Paper Coterie’s memory keeper boxes.

What exactly is a memory keeper you ask?

Memory keepers are 9.75×13 linen boxes that you can customize with photos, text, etc. They take less than 5 minutes to make and are stunning in person.

They can be store flat or standing on their sides.

I have one for letters and cards that Matthew and I have given each other, one for mementos from Adeline’s first year and one for Elias’s artwork and school treasures.

These memory keepers also make great gifts. I am so excited about the one I just made for my grandma. My grandparents dated through WWII, when my Papa was stationed overseas. My grandma has dozens of letters from him in a shoebox and this memory keeper is going to be a great upgrade. :)

Memory Keeper Ideas:

  • Baby’s first year
  • Letters
  • Artwork
  • Mementos from a trip (the boxes are big so you could include objects like seashells, hats, etc.)
  • Handmade items (ie: a baby’s handknit sweater + the story of it + photo of baby wearing it on the front)
  • Special Christmas treasues (handmade ornaments, special mementos)
  • Concert and play tickets, programs, playbils, etc.
  • Items for a time capsule (maybe for a special birthday, birth, etc.)
  • College keepsakes (ie: posters, programs, anything special from college days)
  • Pro sports team memorabilia (ie: game tickets, programs, photos, etc.)

You guessed it! To wrap up 31 Days of Memory Keeping, Paper Coterie is generously providing all Mom Creative readers with a code for a FREE Memory Keeper ($38 value).  Just use the code MOMCREATIVE3 (shipping charges will apply). This offer is valid until October 30.

Are you freaking out excited?

Because I am.

Seriously.

Blown. Away.

Thank you, thank you to Paper Coterie.

What will you create?

If it isn’t too much trouble, consider liking this post so it appears on Facebook. Your willingness to help spread the word about this great deal and about Paper Coterie is much appreciated! You can also thank Paper Coterie for their generosity here. xo

Disclosure: I approached Paper Coterie with the idea to offer this freebie for my readers because I love Paper Coterie so, so much. They provided me with several codes to make more of the products I love and already used.


{ 67 comments… read them below or add one }

Kristen October 24, 2011 at 5:08 am

The absolute *perfect* Christmas gifts for my nephew and niece!

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oh amanda October 24, 2011 at 5:49 am

Awesome, Jess! Love it!

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Stephanie Hanes October 24, 2011 at 7:00 am

I LOVE the idea of a box for your grandparents. My grandfather passed away a year and a half ago and they were married for 62 wonderful years. Shortly after he passed away, I visited my grandma and she shared with me some of the love letter notebooks she saved from all their years of marriage. She wrote to him every birthday, Valentine’s Day, and Christmas. It is so beautiful. I’m torn between getting one for her or getting one for our own love letters.

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jessicaturner October 24, 2011 at 8:23 am

Paper Coterie doesn’t limit the use of codes per account. You just have to place separate orders. At least… I have read that on other blogs. :) I have not ever tried it.

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michelle October 24, 2011 at 1:23 pm

WHAT????? Okay, I was jumping up and down when you posted the teaser last night, now I’m doing cartwheels across my floor. These are my favorite Paper Coterie product and there are so many fantastic uses for them. And with Christmas coming, oh my gosh!!!! thank you thank you thank you!

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Jeanette Kirkham October 24, 2011 at 5:10 pm

I totally tried it and I was able to get boxes for all 4 of my girls!! SQUEEEEEEL! so excited. Thanks for the great post and the awesome code!

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kelli johnson October 24, 2011 at 7:03 am

oh my son who is 9, still plays with those matchbox cars :) However I LOVE THAT IDEA, and I only have a few years left before I do the same :)

Legos in their would look cool too, or polly pockets, or my little pony’s…

YAY. I love this box, I’ve been wanting one :) Now what to create it for…hmmmm

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Rosebud October 24, 2011 at 8:38 am

Such a cute way to display memories! The tribute to your grandparents is amazing.

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Julie October 24, 2011 at 9:02 am

Jessica,
Thank you so much for these wonderful freebies. I made 3 journals, a photobook, and now I’m off to make some of these! Do you know about how much shipping will be for these? Thanks again! YOU ROCK!!

Oh, and you’re right about using the code multiple times. I just placed 3 different orders for my journals from the same account and just paid shipping for each.

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latanya October 24, 2011 at 9:25 am

That is great to know. Thanks for sharing!

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latanya October 24, 2011 at 9:25 am

So far I have 4 of their memory keepers- I have one for our wedding, my son birth-one year, one for when my husband and I traveled to different places, and one for my son to capture all of his one year moments. I think I will do one for all of my college memories.

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jessicaturner October 25, 2011 at 6:26 am

I think I am going to make a college one too.

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angela October 24, 2011 at 9:40 am

So frustrated! I just ordered one yesterday!!!

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angela October 24, 2011 at 10:49 am

You may try calling them… my experience with their customer service has been nothing short of wonderful. I wouldn’t be surprised if they gave you credit back or something. Worth a shot anyway.

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Candace October 24, 2011 at 10:22 am

thanks so much! i just ordered a memory box for my brother and his new wife – they just got married in September, so this will be perfect for them!! :)

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Robin Walston October 24, 2011 at 10:23 am

LOVE this offer. I just placed my order for a baby box for my new great-niece. THANKS!!!

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silly eagle books October 24, 2011 at 1:45 pm

This is awesome–thanks for the coupon code-I just ordered one for my daughter. :)

vanessa

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mary rogers October 24, 2011 at 2:06 pm

wow! thank you so much : )

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pammie~k October 24, 2011 at 2:19 pm

love the shadowbox idea….and thanks for sharing the memory keeper opportunity. I ordered one customized with my daughters senior pics for the little things she will collect this year…..

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jessicaturner October 25, 2011 at 6:26 am

What a fun idea!

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nathalie October 24, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Wow! Holy Awesomeness! Thank you for sharing and I can’t wait to look over the last posts, I admit I’m a fan but have been out of my blog land lately :)

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nathalie October 24, 2011 at 2:35 pm

p.s. I’m totally going to look for you on Pinterest and love, love, love the matchbox and show shadowbox idea. We’re in total Mater and Doc world over here too.

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Felicia October 24, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Amazing! thank you for this, Paper Coterie!

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Sharon J October 24, 2011 at 3:10 pm

This is a wonderful gift for my new grandaughter. Thank you so much.

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Chelsea October 24, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Just attended SPARK in Utah and Paper Coterie gave us all one of these. I can absolutely say they are the most gorgeous things ever and I was astounded by the quality. I need more, I just need to decide how many!!!!

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jessicaturner October 25, 2011 at 6:27 am

How was Spark? I have thought about attending…

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Linda October 24, 2011 at 3:15 pm

What a fantastic idea!

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Sabrina Smith October 24, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Thank you so much! I love this idea. I needed something for 2011 to go with my digital Project Life album.

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Natalie October 24, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Are you kidding me???? They are giving us ANOTHER AWESOME freebie. I ordered the journal AND a photobook. wow. Your great, they are great, and I will be going back to them for future business as well.

So, what should I make this time???

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Natalie October 24, 2011 at 3:48 pm

I saw the Matthew and Jessica one, and it inspired me. I have all the love notes my husband has given me throughout the years (including a BOX full of notes from High school). This will be an upgrade from my ‘decorated’ shoe box.

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jessicaturner October 25, 2011 at 6:27 am

I had a similar shoe box. :)

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Amber Despain October 24, 2011 at 3:55 pm

I’ve never visited your blog before! I heard about it from Becky Higgins and I LOVE it! Thank you!

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Amber Despain October 24, 2011 at 3:57 pm

I’ve never visited your blog before! I heard about it from Becky Higgins and I LOVE it!

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jessicaturner October 25, 2011 at 6:27 am

I hope you will come back again! Thanks for stopping by.

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Laura G October 24, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Thank you! I’ve been eyeing these for awhile and finally got to order one!!

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Love it thanks October 24, 2011 at 4:35 pm

i cant wait to get mine

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Cara October 24, 2011 at 5:12 pm

My mom and I both got a memory keeper from them a couple months ago, and you’re right — we were going nuts over them on the phone with each other. They are amazing.
I’m definitely ordering another one with this code!
Thanks, Jessica, and thanks Paper Coterie!
I was able to get a journal, calendar and photobook with the other codes you posted!:)

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Cara October 24, 2011 at 5:17 pm

P.S. I’m not exaggerating at all when I say that these codes you’ve posted this month have helped me finish my Christmas shopping — a memory keeper is the perfect gift for the last person on my list (my brother’s girlfriend:). He and she travel a lot and have lots of little mementos of their travels — a memory keeper with a picture of the two of them on the cover? Perfect!:)

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jessicaturner October 25, 2011 at 6:28 am

I’m so glad you have been blessed. It has been so rewarding to know how many people have done the same. I am honored to have helped and thankful to PC for partnering with me!

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manda sell October 24, 2011 at 6:02 pm

I’m so freaking excited!! these memory boxes have been on my wishlist for months!!! i’m so so so so excited (in case you can’t tell!!) THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Erin October 24, 2011 at 6:04 pm

WOW!! Thank you so much!!

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sarah October 24, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Can anyone tell me what shipping runs on these? I can’t get the website to work right on my phone to find out! :(

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jessicaturner October 25, 2011 at 2:11 am

It varies based on location. Mine was about $10.

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Samantha @ Mama Notes October 25, 2011 at 2:55 am

Mine was $14.60

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Shana Harder October 24, 2011 at 7:43 pm

LOVE these boxes!! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

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Ashley October 24, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Thank you SOOOOO much! I’m SOOOOO excited!

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Patti Martin October 24, 2011 at 11:25 pm

I’m having problems with filling in the info boxes. Theirs nothing above each box to let you know what your supposed to put into them. Maybe its because I have an iMac.

PattiM

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jessicaturner October 25, 2011 at 2:11 am

I would contact customer service. A mac should not make a difference.

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Gina October 25, 2011 at 6:58 am

yay!! thank you thank you thank you!! i love these boxes already own 2 of them!! getting ready to buy another one!!

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Anne-Marie Cox October 25, 2011 at 8:47 am

Are the codes available to international readers?

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Robin October 25, 2011 at 10:37 am

probably, but from comments I’ve seen before, the international shipping is pretty high.

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Karen October 25, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Thankyou so much for this great blog link.I am having major back surgery on Monday and due to the offer I have sorted all my Christmas presents out,with no stress.I had no idea how I was going to manage to get any presents this year.
I’m in the UK and could still use the code.The shipping works out about £22,but seeings the memory keeper works out free,its a small price to pay to get something we can’t get here in the UK.So thanks once again XXXXX

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jessicaturner October 26, 2011 at 6:00 am

I’m so glad that this will bless you. Take care of yourself!

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Cameron Stimson October 25, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Jess, this is AMAZING! I just had my second baby and both of my kids’ baby books are STUFFED with things that really don’t fit. These boxes are exactly what I needed to put their mementos in. Thanks so much!!!

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Jacqueline October 27, 2011 at 7:56 am

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! I made a few last night to hold our wedding memoriabilia and for both of our nieces’ first year. I can’t wait to give these to my sister :) .

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yulie October 28, 2011 at 7:31 am

Thank you for sharing your ideas, your creativity, and of course the free memory keeping related items :)

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Marisa October 28, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Thank you so much for the code! I made a Memory Keeper before with a similar promotion. SUCH a great deal. Thanks Paper Coterie, too! I shared with my readers. :)

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donna October 29, 2011 at 8:52 am

What is the secret to actually being able to create one? I go to the site, log-in, add photos, choose which keeper I want and the whole site fades and I can’t get the “create” button to work=(( I’ve added them to my safe sites thinking it might be effecting the pop-up but that didn’t work either.

My daughter just got married and I’d love to take advantage of the coupon to get her one for Christmas.

Thanks

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jessicaturner October 30, 2011 at 9:23 pm

I’m not sure, but I would recommend contacting customer service. They are very helpful.

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Rae Miles October 29, 2011 at 9:28 am

I have soem things of my great grandmother that would be perfect in these

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Lisa F. October 29, 2011 at 10:49 am

Thank-you so much! Paper Coterie is new to me, so what a generous gift to me as a first-time customer! I look forward to ordering from them again in the future!

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bethany October 29, 2011 at 8:25 pm

So does the coupon end at midnight the 29th(tonight) or does it go through tomorrow the 30th?

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Deirdre October 30, 2011 at 8:00 am

Just used the code, so must be good through the 30th (assume EST just to be safe). Made a memory box for my best friend for the letters we’ve exchanged over two decades—she’s always asked to someday receive copies of her originals, and this will be the perfect way to share them.

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Michele October 30, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Awesome awesome awesome! I could hug you & the kind folks at Paper Coterie! I know I can count on a lovely product every time I create something there! Thanks!

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HopefulLeigh October 30, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Such a great deal! Thanks for hooking us up with a great company. I made one for my niece-in-love for Christmas. Can’t wait to see how it turned out!

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jennifer October 30, 2011 at 11:50 pm

i’m so excited ordered 1 for my sister’s 1st Wedding Anniversary gift and 1 for our Family can’t wait to see it :)

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Jacqui October 31, 2011 at 12:38 am

Just wanted to say a BIG thank-you for sharing such a wonderful special with your fans. This project inspired me to scan some old photos (special photos of my dad who passed away 19 years ago when I was 14) to create a memory box – feels like bringing a little piece of him back to life x x x thank you!

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