Welcome to Day 25 of the series, FIND your FIT! (To return to the beginning, click here.)
Memorabilia is a general term used for mementos, keepsakes, or souvenirs we collect. We usually keep items that remind us of a moment or event in our lives. Finding ways to use memorabilia in your memory keeping can add a dimension to stories and scrapbooks that photos alone cannot.
I have always been a collector, as long as I can remember. I have several Rubbermaid tubs filled with reminders of my childhood and keepsakes from my children’s first days through pre-school. I couldn’t bear to part their first outfit or throw away the adorable artwork they made when they were three. However, because of my sentimental attachments, I have too much stuff sitting in these tubs. It’s nowhere near ‘Hoarders’ level, but I need to take action and get it out of boxes.
So, I am putting together a plan and I have a few tips. Maybe it will inspire you to go through your memorabilia and find a place for it in your scrapbooking.
Smaller, flatter pieces can be used almost as-is on your layouts or in your pocket pages. Most paper items won’t be acid-free, so if you are concerned about that, you may want to put them into envelopes or plastic sleeves. These would also work for keepsakes like a lock of hair, sand from the beach, or pins and medals.
Other examples to include:
- Ticket stubs
- Baby ID bracelets and footprint cards
- Kids artwork
Artwork, awards, fabric, or other bulkier items can be scanned and then included on your pages.
If you can’t close the lid of the scanner, you may want use a box, blanket, or towel to cover the item to keep light from getting in. Also, be sure to scan the items at a high resolution. This will help preserve the details and make printing easier.
Some things to scan:
- A baby blanket
- A wedding dress
- Report cards
- Books, CDs, or movie covers
Is your item too big and bulky to include or scan? Take a photo of the item on a neutral background. Once you have the picture taken, crop if necessary. Once saved, it is ready to use on digital pages, or print a copy to use on a layout or in a pocket page.
Items that may be too bulky:
- A favorite toy
- Baby booties or shoes
- Stuffed animals
Once you have all of your memorabilia sorted, scrapbooked, scanned, or photographed, you can decide what you would like to keep. I plan to keep the things I find most important to me, but will probably discard most of the artwork I have collected. Throwing things away is tough (obviously, I am not talking about family heirlooms), but if you want to conserve space, it needs to be done.
My friend recently recommended an app for taking pictures of your children’s artwork called Keepy. The cool thing about it is that you can record your child talking about their picture, share it with family, and then they can record a response. I will be trying it out and plan to do an update later with my results.
What do you do with memorabilia? Is there a way that you can fit it into your scrapbooking? Let us know in the comments!