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Memory Keeping: Baby's Time Capsule

Memory Keeping: Baby's Time Capsule

Source: Martha Stewart Baby, Volume 1 Special Issue 2000

Introduction

Before long, most new parents find themselves adrift in a jumble of precious trinkets: tiny shoes, well-loved toys, embroidered gowns, the lock of hair from baby's first trim. With some creativity, you can use these things to create a poetic record of the first years of life.

Check out our other memory keeping projects for Baby: Book of Firsts, Mother's Journal, Book of Good Wishes, Memory Binder, Framed Memento: Hand over Hand, Framed Memento: Shadow Boxes, Arranging Photographs.

materials

  • Archival box

  • Acid-free paper

  • Mementos

  • Front page of a local newspaper, laminated (optional)

steps

  1. Line an archival box with acid-free paper.

  2. For a simple time capsule, place a few items in the box -- we chose a teddy bear, a disposable diaper, and a pair of baby shoes. To build a more comprehensive keepsake, include photographs, videotapes, and a cassette recording of your child's earliest words or feats of logic. A laminated front page from the newspaper will situate the objects in time. Stash away to revisit whenever you're feeling nostalgic.

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