Memory Game
A few years ago I heard an idea of making a homemade memory game. I think it may have been Heidi Swapp’s class at Big Picture in 2007, but I’m not completely sure if that’s where the idea came from. I am mostly sure it was Heidi Swapp’s idea, I just can’t recall whether it was during her class or on her blog or inspiration site. Luckily, I remembered that idea recently when it was time to decide what I was making for Christmas presents.

My neice Tabby just turned 3 in early December. Being pregnant with my first, I know very little about childre’ns specific abilities at certain ages. I had to ask my sister if Tabby is able to recognize and name people in photographs. Lucky for me, she is!! Apparently this is something she’s been able to do for a long time, but don’t hold it against me that I didn’t know this – we only see each other two or three times a year. 

Due to the distance between us, we like to do Skype with video pretty often. My husband had the great idea to get everyone HD webcams for Christmas, so the whole family can see each other more clearly. It’s been so fun! My mom tells me that whenever she Skypes with Tabby, she asks to see Lulu, one of my parent’s three daschunds.  I have not heard this myself, but apparently the request is “Can I see You-you?” Kids are so cute.

Memory Game

My husband had a box of the perfect size, which didn’t have any corporate text on the inside or on the sides of the bottom of the box. What a relief! I think this box was from a hard drive. I took out the foam and started to mod podge it. I only needed to cut 6 sides: top, bottom, and the 4 sides of the top. I haven’t had much luck when having to decoupage the sides of the bottom of a box. The box often won’t fit back together well. I typically will paint it instead. Lucky for me (again!), this box is  areally pretty shade of medium grey, nearly lavender.

Memory Game

For this project, I only used 3 sheets of paper, one sheet of cardstock, and about a quarter of a bottle of mod podge. Here is the list of the super simple steps I followed:

  1. Trim paper to size for the box. Mod podge to box using standard decoupage technique: thin layer on box surface, apply paper and press firmly, apply another layer on top.
  2. Cut squares of heavy cardstock to a good size. Mine are 3×3 inches.
  3. Cut squares of pink backing paper and mod podge to cardstock.
  4. Print photos to the right size. I’m not good at photoshop, so I cheat a little. I used Microsoft Publisher and created a document with gridlines 3×3 inches. I inserted my photos there, and resized/cropped right in Publisher! I printed 2 copies of each sheet using my color laser printer on nice white printer paper. (My absolute favorite printer paper ever is Hammermill Color Copy paper! It has a green apple on the package)
  5. Cut out the photos and mod podge to the other side of the cardstock.
  6. While the squares were drying, I put a second coat of mod podge on the box.
  7. After squares are dry, check for overhanging edges and trim with paper trimmer as needed.
  8. Round corners (I have so much love for my 1/2″ corner chomper!)
  9. Apply another coat of mod podge to squares, side 1.
  10. Embellish lid of box with letters. Apply another coat of mod podge.
  11. Flip squares and mod podge side 2.
  12. Allow it all to dry, put the cards in the box, and put the lid on it!

Memory Game

Extra notes:

  • I would have preferred to add at least one more coat of mod podge on both the box and the cards, but I ran out. And I had already gone through 4 foam brushes.
  • Make sure you use a patterned paper with a consistent background for the card backs. I wanted to use a coordinating Basic Grey paper, but they have variation across the page. Hence, pulling out the old stash of paper I might not tend to use otherwise.

The top and bottom of the box are Basic Grey: Phoebe. The sides of the box and tops of the cards are old, I think more than 5 years old. I’m pretty sure it’s a K&Co paper pack bought at Target in 2004!
Letters are Basig Grey: Phoebe and American Crafts thickers.