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Memory Board

You may remember that I was recently at a family estate sale.  You can read more about it here if you missed it! ;) After the sale, I had loads of lovelies, but I haven't been sure what to do with them.  Until now.  What do you think?

The funny thing is, when I started this particular project a couple of days ago, I was just going to make a bulletin board for my workspace.  However, once I started working on the board, I wanted a couple of embellishments.  Then, once I started looking through my embellishments, I wanted a couple of pictures.  Once I got going on the pictures, I decided I wasn't making a bulletin board at all, but, rather, a memory board of sorts. (I am like the "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie" of crafting!  Seriously.)

My pictures for this project are limited, because there was a lot of trial and error, but I will show you what I do have! I started with an old, empty frame that my neighbor gave to me several months ago.  And I also had a broken bulletin board and some burlap.

The cork board was the prefect fit for the frame.

I don't have great pics of the next parts, but I will briefly explain.  I wrapped the cork board in burlap and stapled the burlap to the cork.  I then hot glued (I hot glue everything!) the board right into the frame.  Then I started going through my treasures and just picked things I liked.  One of my choices was a handful of old name cards.  After the auction, there were LOADS of items that either didn't sell, or people just left them because they didn't really want them.  So, naturally, I took a lot of the cast offs! It was really funny, because my whole family knows that I like to repurpose stuff, but they never know what I might have a vision to transform. They would pick up an item to through in the trash, and someone would say, "You better see if Holly wants that first!" This was the case with this little box of name cards.  They were about to be thrown out, and someone brought them to my attention.  For whatever reason, I found these little cards to be incredibly charming.  It was just so sweet that this man, who was always "old" to me, had saved all these name cards.  And it is really fantastic to flip through them and read the names!

I also used a couple of old photos, a change purse, some silverware, a ruler, old buttons, and twine.  All of the items were from the estate sale.  I thought the changed purse needed a little something extra, so I cut a small piece off of a doily and tucked it in the purse.

I laid the name cards on a book page and a piece of the cover of the photo frame that I tore off to make them stand out a bit more.  Then I added some buttons and a book page rosette.

I added the twine and a book page banner under the ruler.  I chose "REMEMBER" for my banner, because that is what I want to do when I look at the collage.  I want to remember the ancestors that have come and gone before me. I want to remember that life is short.  I want to remember to make sure that the things I value are of eternal importance, not just things that will end up on a memory board someday.

I have no idea who the little girl and young woman in the pictures are, but I think they are absolutely lovely!


This is where I hung my new "memory board". 

Not so charming.  Let's see what we can do about that. I do LOVE the layered look, but I don't do it very often.  Too much?


Definitely my style, but maybe too simple. 

I am sure I will keep playing around with it!  Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy the Son today!




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Reader Comments (6)

Just stunning Holly, love it!!!

July 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Absolutely Lovely Holly!!!

July 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLizz Allen

I LOVE everything about this piece!! The colors and everything are so great. My fav is the little coin purse. Fun project :0
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July 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLina

Hi there! This is just an absolutely lovely project! So creative and the entire area looks gorgeous. Thanks so much for coming over to visit us at the Fence today and leaving such a sweet comment on my sister's chandelier makeover. We love meeting new friends here in blogland!

July 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa

Oh my goodness. This is a masterpiece! I love it so much!!! Could you PLEASE share this beauty by joining my Family Memory Board Link Party? This is so perfect and I know my readers would appreciate it immensely! I found you via Pinterest ;) Hope to see you soon!

October 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShan@FamilyBringsJoy

This turned out so beautiful :).......everything is perfect!

October 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

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