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Making Memory Cards

Memorization has never been one of my strengths. I’m convinced that’s why I struggled through science and history during high school. In college I studied hard to remember facts and timelines for tests, but many were forgotten once the test date passed. The information we use every day is the information that sticks, but even then I’ve discovered that as I get older the memory functions get a little weaker. And when you have weak memory skills to begin with, then it is even more of a challenge!

One of the most helpful things I’ve done is making memory cards that are pretty to look at and fun to keep with me. I long to be good at scripture memory. I have a handful of key verses that are ingrained in my mind by chapter and verse; there are several I can recite from heart, but I can’t tell you where they are unless I look them up. Knowing what is in the Word is certainly more important than being able to quote where it is located, but since I’d like to improve on citing the source I keep working on it.

These memory cards are simple to make. It is a fun craft project for kids and adults alike and you can use them for anything you can fit on a 3×5 card. You can certainly use 4×6, but I like the smaller size because it fits easily in my purse or the glove box of my car. Great to review during a wait somewhere!

You’ll get 4 cards from each 8×10 sheet of cardstock or 8 from a 12×12 sheet. Use all one color or mix them up for more fun and flare!

STEP 1: Cut 2 – 5” rectangles from the long side.

STEP 2: Cut 2 (or) 4 – 3”x 5” cards from each rectangle.

STEP 3: Use an ink pad and a sponge to color the edges on both sides of each card. If you want a more distressed look, add some extra ink smudges on the face of the card as well. Just be creative!

STEP 4: Add a stamped image, a photo, or a sticker for decoration.

STEP 5: Print a bold title on one side and write what you want to memorize on the other. It’s that simple!

I like to use metal rings or fibers to group memory cards together. It helps to put notebook reinforcement stickers around the punched holes to protect against wear and tear. The possibilities are endless: Flashcards for school, recipes for the kitchen, anything you want to memorize or have at hand. Enjoy – Create – Have Fun!

3 thoughts on “Making Memory Cards”

  1. I think this is a great activity for families–I really like what you did with the ink.

    I understand the memory part. I think the saying that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks applies to memory 😀 . Your tutorial is very nice. I wonder if the girls will want to do this with me… Take care!

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