note: got the idea of a cute little speech bubble from Kelly Purkey.
We ALL have someone we would like to pay tribute to in a scrapbook. The problem is our expectations of what that tribute should look like are generally unrealistic. We expect ourselves to create a complete memoir that will parallel in beauty and grandeur the life we have lost. We expect a BIG, 12×12 book with photos and memorabilia along with thoughts, feelings, life-lessons — you know.
I’m not saying such a project is impossible. I am saying that for most us it is unrealistic.
Here is my solution.
I sent Danni some happy mail with two little 2-Minute Memories mini-books inside. I created the 2-Minute Memories exercise years ago for my Simple Scrapbooks class at CKU. Several years after that, we (the Simple team) were allowed to create a product built on this exercise. To this day, it is the very BEST way I know to cut to the chase and connect to the emotion-packed memories we most NEED to share in tribute of a loved one.
Here’s how the 2-Minute Memories exericse works (and I promise, it works!)
1. Go to a quiet, comfortable place with a notebook or your journal.
2. Set a time for 1 minute.
3. Close your eyes and immerse yourself in the memory of the person you love.
4. Use all of your senses (sight, sound, smell, taste and touch) to recall memories related to this person. What specific recollections do you most cherish? What are the places, activities, possessions, foods, people you most associate with this person? After intentionally posing these questions, just sit (eyes still closed) and remember everything you can — focus on this person’s character and the influence he or she has had on you. NOTE: You’ll be surprised how much time one minute is if you are focused.
5. Open your eyes and set your timer for one additional minute.
6. Now, write. Make a list of everything that comes to mind — do not discard any thought, emotion, recollection.
7. After minute #2 is up, create a list of 10 specific things you most admire and love and remember about this person. Do not feel like you have to incorporate all of your free-write ideas into your list of 10 things, but look for items that could be grouped into a similar memory.
8. Use your list of 10 memories to celebrate and pay tribute to your loved one. Feel free to finesse your list and re-order the items.
9. Pair each memory or item on your final list with a photo. Be open to using a variety of photos — the more mixed up your little collection of images, the better!
10. Put words + photos together in a mini-book or album of some kind. Share your tribute with your loved one or perhaps even more important, with others who love this person.
No, this won’t be a comprehensive tribute. But … it will be a very authentic and meaningful tribute. A small 2 Minute Memories tribute/mini book is far better than no tribute at all, and could be a wonderful jumping off point for something more detailed.
Several years ago, I created a 2 Minute Memory mini-book for my father. Here are some images:
I also created a 2 Minute Memories mini-book for my grandma Addie. It is featured in my book, The Big Picture (pg. 78)
And, guess what else?
I have several of these little 2 Minute Memories books stashed away in my scrapbook storage area. I would LOVE to give ten away. Leave me a comment and tell me who you would pay tribute to and why. I’ll close comments on Friday, select ten comments and help you create a very special tribute in a very doable way!