vacation memories time capsuled

Capture and save vacation memories for years to come. Jamie Pate for Heidi Swapp Memory Keeping. @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

Time waits for no man. Such a profound statement. Truth I feel like I am living every single moment of my days.

Capture and save vacation memories for years to come. Jamie Pate for Heidi Swapp Memory Keeping. @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

This summer has been no exception. Even while intentionally planning life, activities as well as down times, the summer still flew by and I am left with so many memories by way of photos and words. With time not waiting around for any of us, I am so very thankful for the words, the images, the memories that continue to linger in my mind.

The summer was about getting outside. A lot. The summer was also about a brand new way to get outside. Well, brand new to this family. Camping. Yep.

Capture and save vacation memories for years to come. Jamie Pate for Heidi Swapp Memory Keeping. @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

Late last summer we bought ourselves an RV. And as I write this I am fresh back from a week out with said RV road trippin’ this beautiful country I call home. It was awesome!

Capture and save vacation memories for years to come. Jamie Pate for Heidi Swapp Memory Keeping. @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

Coming home, gathering photos, thinking through this amazing family time, I started to look through previous vacation mini albums. We have camped before with friends or even what I call, cabin camped, before. Those memories really stand out as extra special for some reason. The exploring and discovering. The funny mishaps. The trails and hikes found. It was then I was inspired to take a family photo from those trips and start a time capsule. Future camping outings will be added to this as we create those memories. The idea of opening these up some year in the future, when my own kids maybe have started their own vacation traditions, seems to me to make for a very special collection of memories.

Capture and save vacation memories for years to come. Jamie Pate for Heidi Swapp Memory Keeping. @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

My favorite new album in Heidi’s newest Memory Keeping collection is the Time Capsule. This is an adorable little album, linen covered and bound with a mint binding.

Capture and save vacation memories for years to come. Jamie Pate for Heidi Swapp Memory Keeping. @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

Inside this mini gem is a book of envelopes. These envelopes are sized perfectly for…

Capture and save vacation memories for years to come. Jamie Pate for Heidi Swapp Memory Keeping. @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

an enclosed journal sheet. Plus a photo. Or whatever is deemed important to add. This image is from our first camping trip in Colorado up in Rocky Mountain National Park. I cannot even believe how little my kids were. Am sure I sighed audibly upon rediscovery of this photo. The things we did and said and the games we played and the s’mores we ate. It was almost too much. These memories are deeply precious to me.

Capture and save vacation memories for years to come. Jamie Pate for Heidi Swapp Memory Keeping. @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

This puts me in catch up mode since this trip happened in the summer of 2007. Quickly I grabbed a pen and started writing down memories of this weekend. It’s amazing. Something happens when you start to write down a story from the past…other memories find their way to the surface. Practically flinged themselves on the page. I was actually giddy writing all this down. In 20 years I am sure not to remember. But right now I do. This is gold to me.

Capture and save vacation memories for years to come. Jamie Pate for Heidi Swapp Memory Keeping. @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

After adding my story, I folded the page up, attached the photo inside, and slid inside the envelope. I found that a photo that measures 6-inches wide by 3 1/2-inches tall makes for a perfect fit. Square works great too. But I was not taking square photos back in the day, so I found this size to be practical for my time capsule.

Capture and save vacation memories for years to come. Jamie Pate for Heidi Swapp Memory Keeping. @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

I took to adding some tags, stamps and stickers from the Time Capsule Embellishment Kit. The Travel Embellishment Kit found it’s way in this album as well. Embellishing these envelopes just makes me happy.

Capture and save vacation memories for years to come. Jamie Pate for Heidi Swapp Memory Keeping. @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

Each of the embellishment kits include a stamp set. The Time Capsule set has sixteen stamps included. I really like these stamps for their journal prompt factor. Stamping these on the included journal page and then letting that prompt lead the conversation was a great way to add some sentiment to the stories of these past trips. Future trips I will already have these thoughts in my mind as I stay mindful of the story while living the memory.

Capture and save vacation memories for years to come. Jamie Pate for Heidi Swapp Memory Keeping. @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

2009 found us way down in Ouray. The first (and last) time my parents camped with us. It just wasn’t for my mom. Maybe it was the bear she encountered in the canyon. Well, it’s funny now, even if it may not have been then.

Below is a video created of the above Time Capsule. Notice I took a different direction then what I shared in the video. That’s the power of an image. It took me in a new direction. And I am most happy with that.

 

 

Capture and save vacation memories for years to come. Jamie Pate for Heidi Swapp Memory Keeping. @jamiepate for @heidiswapp

Starting this time capsule has now inspired more ideas for creating more of these albums. There is something special to knowing I won’t open each of these envelopes for many years now. Have not decided when. And that’s ok. I don’t have to yet. I will know. When the time is right.

 

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