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Little Notes - Saving the Past

Updated on September 8, 2014

Little Notes = Memory Keepers

Throughout my life, it's the little notes that have always been so meaningful to me. Words painstakingly printed in pencil or scrawled hastily across a hot pink post-it note. It is the little notes that jog my memories.

Saving the past is what little notes do for me. One day if I should start to forget, I hope these notes serve as reminders. I like to think that someday perhaps the little pieces of paper so important to me will have meaning to others. They may only contain a portion of my story, but the bits they tell are the most important to me.

(Photo by Pam Irie)

Little Note Dear to Me
Little Note Dear to Me

Little Notes That Hold Your Heart

This little note is so very dear to me. It's actually the back of an envelope which was folded in half to resemble a greeting card. Tucked inside is a paper heart from my son.

He was obviously very young when he made it and I could kick myself for not putting a date on it when I received it. Regardless, this little note is priceless to me. (Let this be a lesson to all you moms and your little notes!) (Photo by Pam Irie)

Little Notes.....Putting pen to paper - and keeping them safe.

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Little Love Notes
Little Love Notes

Little Love Notes

Saving the past is also (in a way) preserving the future for my husband and I. Whenever I get annoyed with him all I have to do is pull out my box of little notes from my husband. They are mostly all hand drawn with quick sketches and filled with quirky prose.

I'm sure these little notes were more than likely frantically composed, but very precious to me all the same.These little love notes bring me back to the beginning and that's a fun place to be after being married over 30 years. (Photo by Pam Irie)

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IRIS Large Photo and Craft Keeper

Archival quality! I have several of these at home for photos and little notes.


A Little Note to the Tooth Fairy

Saving the Past with this Little Note
Saving the Past with this Little Note

I nearly cried when I came upon this little note to the Tooth Fairy who was apparently MIA. Long ago when our kids were so young, money was often tight. This was undoubtedly one of those times, but our daughter was very impatient and was getting mad at the absent-minded Tooth Fairy.

(For the record, the Tooth Fairy did make an appearance that night to retrieve Riki's tooth and if I remember correctly, it happened to be a payday.) ;) (Photo by Pam Irie)

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Write a lot of long-lasting little notes with this archival paper.

Little Notes have Big Details
Little Notes have Big Details

Little Notes Give Direction

We don't have many antiques to pass on, but we do have lots of memories. My little notes give me the power to point out things which are special to me. I may even designate who I want an item to go to.

Sometimes I tear the edges of the paper before I decoupage little notes to the back of a frame or attach them under a piece of furniture. Or I can enclose the paper in a clear archival container with the object it pertains to.

Memories are more precious to me than any antique. (Photo by Pam Irie)

Little Notes Tell a Story

Little Notes Tell a Story
Little Notes Tell a Story

I've attached this little note to the back of the frame. It tells a story. (Photo by Pam Irie)

Little Notes Just Because
Little Notes Just Because

Little Notes for Just Because...

This is one of those "just because" little notes. It was enclosed in a package from our daughter and she wrote it just before a much-anticipated trip home last fall. We don't get to see our grown and married kids in the mainland as often as we'd like, so little notes like these conjur up memories of precious times together.

Remember the important things you want people to know and put these words on paper, even if it's just a post-it note. (Photo credit Pam Irie)

About Little Notes...... - (Photo credit Pam Irie)

A Reminder
A Reminder

What do you think of little notes? Do you use them as reminders?

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    • Pam Irie profile imageAUTHOR

      Pam Irie 

      3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      They certainly do! Priceless. :)

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      3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I have a collection of special and precious notes from my hubby over 45 years, and my children (from childhood and as adults). Many of the special notes were written on cards for one occasion or another -- and I've saved them all. And, as you've probably noticed, those notes become even more precious as the years go by.

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      srsddn lm 

      5 years ago

      Little noes are of great help. I have using such notes in my personal and official matters.

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      Beverly Rodriguez 

      6 years ago from Albany New York

      I love the subject of this lens. I've saved little notes, but I wish I had saved even more. Some are in my photo albums just to keep them safe.

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      Joan Haines 

      6 years ago

      I have many.

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      Tony Payne 

      6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Very silly, just sentimental rubbish, but we just have to keep them don't we. Whether it's something our child wrote, or our loved one, it means so much to us, and always brings back precious memories. Enjoyed my visit, blessed.

    • ChrissLJ profile image


      6 years ago

      I keep a few ones with special meaning taped to the mirror in my bedroom. Whenever I'm feeling down, they give me a little boost.

    • cocomoonbeams profile image


      6 years ago

      Great tip to date the notes your kids leave! Mine haven't learned to write yet so I'm looking forward to the first one!

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      6 years ago

      My sister once made me a birthday card "Even if I went over the rainbow I'd never find a sister as nice as you" (yeah... I kept it!). And, a few years ago, I was feeling a bit forlorn because it seemed I was "giving" a lot of my energy to hopeless job situations, and my husband wrote me a little note saying, "This is just a note to thank you for all you do for others, including me...I love you!" And my hubby is not a "card" kind of guy... That meant a lot to me, and still does. :)

    • rainbowbutterfl1 profile image


      6 years ago

      I like the tooth fairy note. My little angel used to write her before when her tooth was aching and she needs help and would believe that when morning comes, no more aches :)

    • lexxsweet profile image


      6 years ago

      I have 3 or 4 little notes I keep in a special decorative container that sits on a shelf.

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      6 years ago

      My Mom wrote a little love note to my Dada that he kept on his night stand until the day he died.

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      Zut Moon 

      6 years ago

      The tooth fairy note .... Funny !!!

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      Linda Jo Martin 

      6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      After reading this, I want to put all the notes I have left into a memory album...

    • Frischy profile image


      6 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      I have a lot of notes like this. It means a lot to run across them now and then.

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      6 years ago

      I've not saved as many as I should have (I now see!). I love the linoleum piece, so lovingly framed! Perhaps I'd have been more sentimental if I was as clever as you are!

      Wonderful lens on a unique topic!

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      6 years ago

      sweet...I have saved a few of these notes myself in my jewelry box... they are more precious than anything else in there

    • JanieceTobey profile image


      6 years ago

      This page is priceless! I love that you've not only saved all these special little notes, but shared them with us as well! Blessed!

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      6 years ago from Vancouver

      I have a special one that I framed :) Great lens!

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 

      6 years ago from Northern California

      I've got folders of the notes that my girls wrote me when they were little. Will probably be re-reading them as they get to be teenagers.

      I save thank you's and letters that I got from patients when I was a medical student, so I could read them on my more challenging days.

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      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Awww, this is really sweet. Maybe I am a hoarder, but I have all my letters from over the years (yes, even from my ex).


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