A few years ago, Mr B and I visited The Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas (formally known as the Texas School Book Depository). We really enjoyed all the old video, photographs and artifacts on display. It’s actually just like another kind of time capsule. Except it’s not sealed for the future, but shared for all to enjoy President Kennedy’s legacy. While we were there, we bought a replica newspaper at the gift shop. It’s dated November 23, 1963. Reading the tragic news of the day is eerily like stepping into a time machine.
Time Capsules are a little like that, able to transport you back to a special time. They might simply contain artwork brought home from school over the years or keepsakes from babies first year. Like a tiny hospital bracelet, messages with family love, babies first outfit, or a sweet rattle. One website defines a time capsules as, ‘a container for preserving items to be discovered at some time in the future’. With that in mind, I headed off to the craft room to create something for two special guys we met on our holiday to San Jose 😉 Hi C & M !!
I started by covering two small box’s I got at The Paper Source while shopping with Alys. We had so much fun, I’ll be sure to tell you all about it in another post. I am so smittened with all this paper from the Tim Holtz Lost & Found collection.
With their vintage vibe, I couldn’t resist the dusty, old, distressed look. It was the perfect starting point for crafting a long-lost Time Capsule. I added a few stickers that reminded me of lost treasure. Like rusty key’s, old stamps and the like. You might even have these types of bits and pieces in your stash from past projects. All the stickers are K&Company’s ‘Life’s Journey’ (remember that one?)
I included various envelopes for all the things I thought might be fun to save for later. There’s a Coin Collection Envelope, Ticket Holder Folder, Picture Frames and an envelope named Me-1-3. It has a little survey enclosed:
- who’s your best friend?
- in 5 years I think I might be?
- I’m this old ___!
- I’m going into grade ___!
It’s a start, but I’m sure they’ll want to write a
whole lot more about their summer adventures.
The coin envelope was actually inspired by a gift from Alys. When I opened my Kimono Rose bath salts, I wasn’t just charmed by the stunning fragrance, I also admire the unusual envelope.
It was very easy to duplicate with a simple paper-cutter/scorer. If you’d like to make your very own, I’d be happy to email you the measurements for a 12 x 12 paper.
As always, I inked all the edges to add dimension and added a couple of art stamps that seemed right. One is a coffee stain the other a fly. Use what inspires you from your own collection.
There’s definitely NO RULES when it comes to Time Capsules, so you can be as creative as you want. Why not include something unexpected for the recipient? Like a secret message or even some candy. Because while these Time Capsules are for collecting sweet summer memories, they really should be fun from day one.