Batman Vs. Heart Vs. Jack-O-Lantern

Yesterday I shared our pumpkin patch photos.

Today, I share our carving of the pumpkins the kids chose.

Perfect day to share since it is Halloween. 😉

Son wanted a Batman pumpkin.  {I forgot to ‘photoshop’ the preserving packet of the photo…in case you were wondering what that was.}

Youngest chose a sweet smiling face for her jack-o-lantern.

Some of my favorite photos are ones where no one is looking at the camera.  Oldest is taking an Instagram photo with her phone while the other two watch their Dad scoop out the pumpkin goop.

I heart my grown up girl.

The awe and wonder of her pumpkin…super sweet!

All three together!

I had to add this photo of my oldest when she was one.  Cutest BYU cheerleader ever!  She still has a sweet tooth {holding a sucker in the photo…lol}

Happy Halloween,

Family Memory Board Link Party

My Teen Daughter's Memory Board

Thank you for coming to the Party!

If you are new to Family Brings Joy, welcome & check out my initial post about the BENEFITS {for your family} of having a Family Memory Board by clicking here.  But make sure you come back, please 😉

This summer my daughter had the idea to make this huge memory board for her bedroom.  It’s made out of all kinds of different square boards: cork, dry erase or magnet.  3 of the cork boards are covered with bandanas.  Two were personalized with spray paint.  The 4 dry erase/magnet boards, 4 blue cork boards and 1 pink cork I found on clearance at Staples for 50 CENTS several months ago.  The butterfly and flower designed board was given to her as a birthday gift.  We had all of these boards in our home…I love that we didn’t have to go purchase them!  Shop at home!

She drew & cut out the letter & heart from scrap paper

Of course I had to take a photo of this!

Letting the boards dry after spraying.

Personalized Memory Board Included

Side view

Wonder where this girl gets her creativity??

Bedside View

Another Family Memory Board in our home:

Photo Booth Memory Board

Here is the Photo Memory Board I whipped up for my craft room.  I happened upon all these photo booth pictures and had to display them!  The ones of me and hubby were taken on our honeymoon. {Ahhhhh….sigh…young and in love}  The “be” buttons are pins that attached effortlessly to the round magnets I used to hold up the photos.  I also used paper flowers with brads on top of the magnets…just to dress it up a tad.

Photos on far left are of us with my 16 year old daughter when she was a baby

Back side of an old metal sign & placed a frame on top without the glass

Now it’s your turn!

Let’s see your Family Memory Boards.


1. Please put the following button or a link somewhere on your Family Memory Board post back to this post.

2. Please visit & comment on at least 2 posts linked up to the party.
3. Party will be open to link up for one week.  Ends at 11:59 on Tuesday, October 18, 2011

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Celebrating Memories Today,

Family Memory Board

Family Brings Joy Family Memory BoardYesterday I shared my Command Central area which included our Family Memory Board.  The Family Memory Board is a great way to see & enjoy those digital photos you have stored on your computer.  Not only that, the family memory board is a simple way to create a sense of belonging in your family.

I used to be a consultant for a wonderful company called Once Upon A Family.  Lorle Campos, the original Founder of the company, said it best about creating a sense of belonging:

The Power of Family Photos

“The most effective thing you can do to create a sense of belonging is to display family photos and memorabilia where they can be shared and enjoyed by all.  Photos are incredibly powerful in how they enhance reality.  The things we keep and the photos we choose to put into albums represent the best of times…events and periods of time that felt good to us.  When we look back at them, we often remember them as even better than they seemed at the time.  You may hear your kids whining and complaining on the annual summer camping trips, but when they look back at those photos years, months or even weeks later, all they remember is how much fun they had.  We tend to forget everything else.  We remember these events as joyful because we want them to be.  That is how powerful photos are.  But they don’t do us any good stashed away in drawers, or closets or boxes in the attic.  Organizing photos and keepsakes, in ways our families can share and enjoy, is very important.”

How to do a Family Memory Board

  1. Make or purchase a fabric covered memory board, with crisscrossed ribbons.
  2. Hang on the wall {or in my case place on counter to lean against a wall} in a central place where family members can see it often.
  3. Choose one great photo a month, print it out and place it on the board.
  • There are many tutorials on how to make a fabric covered memory board.  I chose a few and made a  Memory Boards Pinterest board.  Click here to see the boards.  Click on the pin in the board, then click on the photo to be taken to the tutorial.  I just had to include this giant memory board:


  • If you like my Family Memory Board, you can guess where I bought it…Once Upon A Family.  However, it does not come framed.  It looks beautiful without the frame.  I displayed it for years without a frame before deciding I wanted to dress mine up a bit.  I bought this 27″ x 21″ frame at Wal Mart, discarded the glass, placed the board in the frame and taped {with packing tape} the board to the back of the frame.  Make sure your frame’s opening is 18″ x 24″.  I use mine to hide cords as well, so it does double duty! 😉  Many stores sell memory boards though.  You can find them just about everywhere now.

Family Brings Joy Command Central

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  • On this size board (18″ x 24″) you can easily place 12 – 4×6 photos, one for each month.  If you would like to choose 2 or more photos a month, I recommend printing your photos wallet size or 3 1/2 x 5.

“Your Family Memory board is a powerful way to show your loved ones how important family is, and these photos are a constant reminder of all the fun things you have done together.  They say: This is who we are… this is how we celebrate life together… See how much we enjoy each other’s company.  You’ll be surprised to see how often family members stop and look…along with their friends.”  Lorle Campos

I’m happy to be associated with Once Upon A Family again through their new affiliate program.  I have used their products for years.  They have left a lasting impression on our family.  The only way I’m compensated for this post by OUAF is if you purchase a product by clicking on the links included in the post (I receive a small commission.)  However, I want you to know that whether you purchase or make your Family Memory Board, it makes no difference to me.  What matters is that you begin the tradition in your home to create a sense of belonging and unity in your family.

Do you already have a Family Memory Board in your home?

Let’s celebrate this family tradition together!

A week from today, Tuesday, October 11, 2011 Family Brings Joy will host a Family Memory Board Link Party.

Please save the date and share yours with us.

P.S.: Nice comments help motivate me to keep blogging. 😉 Thank You!

Celebrate Family,

Father’s Day Mantel

I found this way cute Father’s Day Banner Kit at Pebbles in My Pocket when I was in Utah.

It was the inspiration for my Father’s Day themed fireplace mantel.

Father’s Day is THIS SUNDAY. 🙂

I decided to add one of my husbands real ties to the frame on the right.

I got the white iron votive tree at a silent auction for a Band fundraiser this year.

The photo of DH was taken on the beach at Castaway Cay {Disney’s private island} from our Disney Cruise for my 40th Birthday.

I bought the iron bicycle decoration {Hobby Lobby} for my husband several years ago.

I thought it was perfect to add to this mantel celebrating him & the things he loves.

My daughter’s preschool {2006 to be exact} surprised all of the parents for Father’s Day.  They took photos of the kids dressed up in a suit coat, tie and hat.  It is one of my favorite photos of her!  I grabbed this photo which was in the study & added it to the mantel.

As always, I use my chalk board to write a saying that goes with the theme.

It is a favorite piece of mine I bought at a local boutique.


Make Your Own Father’s Day Tie Banner

  • It would be easy to make your own banner using paper you already have.
  • Print out this template {see below}, cut it out and trace the tie pattern onto your paper.
  • Use letter stickers or chipboard letters to spell out “I love dad” or whatever phrase you want.
  • You don’t have to, but I used eyelets for the holes.  Otherwise, use a hole punch and add your string.
  • The kit came with jute twine, but you could use any sort of string, yarn or ribbon.

My 8 year old and I did this project together.

I let her glue the letters on all by herself.

This is a great craft to do with your kids.

The Dad’s will love it!

Father’s Day Tie Banner Template





Celebrate the one’s you love,