How To Create a MemoryDex Tray
I love Heidi Swapp’s concept of her MemoryDex. It was inspired by her childhood memories of flipping through an old Rolodex. I think there is something special about feeling the cards through your fingers and flipping to specific names on the cards. It is also why I think a lot of us have gone back to the traditional planner to see our important dates and to-do lists. For me, the MemoryDex could be used for a traditional address book, birthday lists, memory box, or even prayer box.
For me, I wanted my own little “War Box.” If you watched the movie War Room, it talked about a place to go to where it is quiet to pray specifically for others. My quiet place is my kitchen table and not so much a room. So, my prayer requests will be directly on these cards in my box. When a prayer gets answered, I can move it to the back where I have a place designated as “answered.”
Although I am using this MemoryDex this way, the way I decorated it could be used in any of the examples I listed above! Here is a simple way to use the new MemoryDex Kit now available in the Heidi Swapp Instax collection at Michaels Stores. The kit, shown above, comes with dividers, cards, and the already stained box.
For fun, I added a few more cards from the new Heidi Swapp MemoryDex card packs (on sale now at independent and online stores). I love that these packs match the kit. Here are the supplies you will need…
1) Start with your MemoryDex card, a punched butterfly, cut paper, a bit of thread, rhinestones, washi tape, and a clip. 2) Glue your paper down on the MemoryDex card. Glue the thread down and butterfly. Add washi to the bottom and glue the rhinestones to the top. Add a clip to the top of the card.
3) Cut a piece of velum as shown above in between the scissors and stapler. Use the letter stickers in this Instax sticker pack, from Michaels, to spell out what you want on your divider.
4. Staple the velum down on the MemoryDex card with the American Crafts Mini Stapler.
Add your divider to your MemoryDex tray. Repeat these steps for every divider you want for your tray.
New to this collection are these Instax pocket sleeves. I love them because they are perfect to add to my MemoryDex cards. This way, when I want to change my photos out I can just slip the Instax photo in and out of the sleeve.
Here is an example of my sister’s card. I stuck the stickers on top of the sleeve and when I want to change the picture of my sister out I can. Behind this card are blank MemoryDex cards to write prayer requests on.
Here is another example. I used washi tape along the edge of this photo.
I hope this inspires you to create your own MemoryDex! Whatever you decide to make yours for, I know you will love being able to flip through the cards while it sits looking pretty on your desk!
SUPPLIES: Instax MemoryDex Kit, FujiFilm Instax Camera, Instax Pocket Sleeves, and Instax Sticker Book available at Michaels Stores. Instax MemoryDex Card Packs available at independent and online craft stores