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How to make summer memories stay

August 21, 2007|By SARA MARTENS

So, it's that time of year again. Back to school we go and summer comes to an end - an end that very few want to have happen. But there are ways to keep the memories of your summer alive. Here are a couple ideas for remembering the past 10 weeks of fun:

Idea No. 1: Memory box

Make a memory box. Fill an old shoebox or a decorative box with small mementos and photos and such that remind you of your summer. Need some ideas? Consider these:

· Photos of friends, family, a boyfriend, pets, maybe even in a cute mini frame.

· Souvenirs from vacations like a seashell from the beach or a keychain.

· Ticket stubs from movies, events and other places like an amusement park.

· Trinkets from events, like your bracelet from the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" release or the Snape Debate stickers.

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· Gifts. Did you have a birthday this summer? Maybe you have a card or some confetti. Or maybe a guy gave you a sweet thoughtful present, like a charm or a bracelet.

· Perhaps you're not the sentimental type. If you are, write down your favorite memories to be remembered later in life.

This idea could be adapted into a time capsule idea so that you bury the container and dig it back up a specific number of years later. Just be sure that you mark the spot somehow; otherwise you won't remember where you buried it. Or you could "bury" it in your closet.

Idea No. 2: Summer soundtrack

Imagine your summer was a movie starring - of course - you! Now, create the soundtrack for it.

You might want to choose songs that remind you of specific events, like maybe you experienced some heartbreak and feel like "Never Again" by Kelly Clarkson sums up your feelings perfectly. Perhaps you lost your single status and think of "Summer Love" by Justin Timberlake. Or possibly every time you hear "First Time" by Lifehouse and find yourself thinking of your first kiss or your first love.

Did you and your friends create an inside joke to a specific song? Add it.

Finally, find that song that can instantly make you feel good on a bad day. Go ahead and put it on the list. Or maybe there's a song you just really like, add it, after all it's your soundtrack for your life. You can do whatever you want. Then when you listen to your Summer '07 soundtrack you'll find yourself replaying your summer memories.

Idea No. 3: Photo collage

Pick out your favorite pictures from the summer - a shot of you and your friends goofing around, or a photo from your family's big Fourth of July barbecue.

Not much of a photographer? See if your family or friends have any pictures you could use. Or go MySpace shopping. Browse your friend's photos, pick the ones you like, copy them and print them and you'll have plenty of pictures for your collage.

When you've gathered your photos, arrange them on a piece of thick paper, like card stock or poster board. Once you've glued the pictures to the board, then put them in a frame and you have a perfect way to remember the fun you had during the summer of 2007.

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