Whether you have a secret stash of love letters, a collection of concert tickets, or school papers and report cards, memorabilia is a great way to add meaning to your layouts. Often we don’t have a system in place to keep these articles safe and organized, and when it comes time to use them on a layout, we can’t find them.
There are many different ways to get started with your sorting. If you have a large family, it might make sense to sort by owner. Use one acid free album per person to stow documents, notes, schoolwork, and other flat items and one larger box for each family member for dimensional items. To keep your storage compact, try to find an album that will fit inside the boxes. Or, if you plan to keep your memorabilia stored in plain sight, search for decorative containers like these suitcases. below.
Another way to sort memorabilia is to sort by importance or value. Some memorabilia (such as historical documents, wedding keepsakes, and family heirlooms) are priceless with sentimental value, and others (such as ticket stubs, travel brochures, playbills, and receipts) are probably a little less so. Store irreplaceable pieces in archival files, closed containers, or even within a fireproof safe.
Less critical ephemera that you intend to scrapbook immediately can be organized in an accordion file or binder. Sometimes the weight and dimension of your items determine how they should be organized. Storing large, heavy items with small, fragile items can be problematic. Try storing your smaller bits and pieces in envelopes within a photo box, use file folders and binders for newspaper clippings and certificates, and save lidded bins for holding large trophies and your grandmother’s bowling ball. Photograph the items before you store them away and paste the photo to the outside of the bin.
If you are someone who really loves your memorabilia then storing it in plain sight might be the solution for you. Bookshelves are a wonderful place to store memorabilia. Use glass jars to contain collections and decorative photo boxes or baskets to hold paper items like ticket stubs and cards.
Another creative idea for storing items in a bookshelf is to hang a curtain rod in the bookshelf, and then use clips to hold cards and postcards like Rebecca Sower did here.
A storage solution that works especially well in a craft room is a DIY French memo board. If you have one above your desk, your treasured items won’t get lost in hidden containers, and they’ll be right there to inspire your next scrapbook page.
Children’s artwork and schoolwork can present an organization problem because of the sheer volume of masterpieces your budding artists create. Displaying items on a clothesline is a great way to show your children you love their creativity.
Before you take items down from the clothesline, snap a photo or scan artwork to your hard drive. Once their artistic accomplishments are safely copied to your hard drive, you can discard the originals. Of course, you’ll probably be left with a collection of items you just can’t force yourself to throw away, so use a file box to keep them safe and organized.
Now that you have some ideas for organizing your memorabilia, take this quiz to help you take stock of the memorabilia you have and the role it plays in your scrapbooking.
Erin Weed, online editor