How to Create Family Memory Cards

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Keep all of your favorite family memories close and alive in everyone's hearts by turning them into memory cards that you can look through together any time. You can get every member to share their thoughts on family experiences and events or turn the cards into miniature collages to capture the best of every special moment. If you’re planning a family reunion, you can even help your youngster become familiar with all the members of the extended family with a homemade, family memory card game.

Things You'll Need

  • Card stock
  • Thick photo paper (optional)
  • Photos
  • Magazine clippings (optional)
  • Glue
  • Ribbon or colored construction paper
  • Markers or crayons

Photo Memory Cards

  • Upload a variety of family photos onto the computer. Look for other images that represent important memories, such as a picture of your favorite family camping site or a special holiday dinner favorite.

  • Divide a page in your photo editing program into equal-sized rectangles -- approximately six to eight on a page for medium-size memory cards.

  • Modify the size of each of your special photos and images to fit within the rectangles. Insert one photo inside each rectangle. You can make as many pages as necessary. Print the pictures onto card stock or thick photo paper. Cut up each page to create the individual photo cards.

  • Write a quick note or quote on the back of each of the memory cards. Have each of your family members add their own thoughts to highlight what makes the photo special. If there isn’t enough room on the back of the card, print off a duplicate and continue adding notes there. Now each photo or image is preserved along with your family’s thoughts about the special memory.

Collage Memory Cards

  • Cut a piece of card stock in half -- each piece will become one memory card.

  • Write out a variety of important experiences, such as childhood events, summer getaways and family Christmases. Find photos or magazine clippings to represent each event. Cut these into small, irregular shapes and separate them into piles based on the themes, such as Christmas 2005, Hawaii Vacation 2007.

  • Paste each of the photos from one pile onto a piece of card stock, overlapping the pictures to create the collage. You can cover both sides of the card with the photo collage. If you have too many photos to fit on one card, use multiple cards for the special event. If you don’t have pictures for some events or experiences, draw images to represent them instead.

  • Decorate the borders of each card to add a little color if you like. You can glue a ribbon border around the outer edges of the cards, or fold strips of construction paper in half and sandwich the edges of the cards in between the paper to create a smooth edge. You can color code the cards according to themes, such as all Christmas memory cards are green while all vacation cards are orange.

  • Store all of the photos in a large memory box or create your own from a wooden box with a lid.

Family Memory Card Game

  • Divide and cut a piece of card stock into 10 equal-sized rectangles -- each one will become a photo card.

  • Cut one photo for each card. You will need 2 cards for each family member. Glue one photo onto the center of each card. Decorate around each photo with markers or crayons.

  • Lay all of the cards face down and have your child flip over the photos to try to match the identical pairs.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you don’t want to cut up the original photos for the collage memory cards, have a duplicate copy of each one printed and use these to make the collages.

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  • Photo Credit David De Lossy/Digital Vision/Getty Images
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