1. Imprint a damaged teddy before throwing it away.
Take a cue from Australian artist Geoffrey Ricardo by applying a light coat of paint to the front of your kid’s teddy and pressing it against craft paper.
3. You can also turn a drawing into a softie.
Visit Pinocchio’s Friends to learn more.
4. Preserve your baby’s hospital hat and I.D. bracelet in an ornament.
Buy a pack of clear glass ball ornaments here for $5.99.
6. Catalogue memorable items from each school year.
All you need are file folders and a filing cabinet or milk crate.
8. Keep an Ugly Photo Book.
Instead of throwing out or deleting unflattering photos, save them in a photo book! One day you and your kids will laugh hysterically as you flip through it.
9. Take humorously inappropriate photos to give to your kid upon graduating from high school.
Your kid will probably think you’re nuts, but also pretty damn funny.
10. Save ticket stubs to every show, concert, and game that you see together.
Buy this organizer here for $16.95.
11. Collect keepsakes from family trips in jars.
Years from now opening these will summon amazing sense-memories.
12. Make a photo book of your kid’s artwork.
Find out how one mom made hers using Shutterfly.
13. You can also save your kid’s artwork (and a whole lot more!) with Keepy.
Store photos and videos online, from your kid’s special days to their art and school work.
14. Document your pregnancy so that you can share it with your baby one day.
Learn how to make a free pregnancy journal with The Day Baby Was Born.
15. Save the packaging of your kid’s favorite drinks and snacks.
After cleaning these you can store them in a ziplock bag. Years from now, when the product’s packaging has changed, your kids will relish this blast from the past.
17. Baby clothes can also be made into a teddy bear.
Have one made by The Patchwork Bear for $98.
18. Frame fabric silhouette memory artwork.
Check out this incredible Martha Stewart tutorial that turns your kid’s favorite clothes into a work of art.
19. Turn a shadow box into a “memory box.”
Fill a shadow box with anything that’s important to your child, from toy cars to outgrown shoes.
20. Interview your kids after family trips.
It’s fun to re-visit these on the eve of your family’s next vacation.
21. You can interview them at the end of the year, too.
22. Keep a family blog.
It’ll be a blast for all of you to read about your adventures together one day.
24. You can also turn one of their quotes into a wall hanging.
Visit Blurts to learn more.
26. Put a “Good Time Jar” on your counter.
Get your family into the habit of writing a short note and dropping it into the jar whenever you have a special moment together. Years from now the contents of your jar will be worth more than gold.