You might have seen gratitude or memory jars making the rounds on Facebook or pinterest. When I first saw them, I loved the idea and thought it was a great way to start the new year. If you aren’t familiar with them, some families write down things they are grateful for during the year to add to their jar while others keep track of their favorite memories during the year. Then at the end of the year you can open it and read everything and reflect on the year.
Our family decided that our happy moments together are also blessings that we are grateful for so we will be adding both to our jar. We had a bunch of index cards so we are using those right now to write down things we are grateful for or happy moments. Since the girls can’t write, they are drawing pictures and then we are writing for them.
Since this can easily be one of those things that you are excited about in January and forget to continue by February, we are keeping our jar out where the family can see it. I also have put on our calendar to write cards twice a month. Now, I know you can’t schedule memories, but we can schedule time to reflect on our blessings and what has happened lately in our life. We also are asking our houseguests to fill out a card when they come to visit.
To further help us remember throughout the year to add to our jar, we made ours bright and colorful. I decoupaged one that I picked up at Michaels with tissue paper squares and Mod Podge. Then I added the lettering using vinyl and my Cricut. Really any container will do–jewelery box, old jar, shoebox. For us, we wanted something that was a good size and had a lid that sealed.
I’m really looking forward to keeping our blessings jar this year. Besides being a great way to reflect on our happy memories and all we have been blessed with, the scrapbooker in me is absolutely thrilled to have the year documented like this.
If you have never decoupaged, or as I call it Mod Podged, before, you really should. Fun and easy, it’s a great thing to have in your bag of tricks. You can pretty much Mod Podge anything onto anything. You just paint on your decoupage glue down–I obviously use Mod Podge–and then place your item that your using on it and then paint over it again with the Mod Podge. And don’t worry, it dries clear. For some really creative ideas check out Mod Podge Rocks! by Amy Anderson.