Memorabilia adds a whole new element to your scrapbook pages, rendering memories tangible and even more vivid. We’ve seen all kinds of keepsakes preserved on scrapbook pages, from ticket stubs to stitches. Use these products and ideas to incorporate pieces of the past — literally — into your pages.
POCKET YOUR PICTURE
Memories Forever Keepsake Pockets are twice as nice, with a unique two-layer construction. Slip a photo into the frame on top; use the pocket behind it for memorabilia. The sturdy, self-adhesive pockets come in six colorful themes. Each two-pack sells or about $2.99. <www.westrimcrafts.com>
A pocket page is just what it sounds like — a layout that incorporates a pocket for storing and showing memorabilia. Some secrets for perfect pockets:
• For a see-through pocket, use vellum, a small page protector like the leaves pocket (above left) or a Mylar photo sleeve.
• Stitching will securely attach a pocket so it can hold heavy items. How about giving Dad’s old jeans pocket new life on a scrapbook page?
• An envelope makes a clever pocket for letters. For the envelope pocket (above right), we opened an old envelope flat to use as a template. If you want to access the letters easily, cut a slit in the page protector at the top edge of the pocket. Insert the page into the protector, then slip the letters through the slit into the envelope.
• If you have several large items, consider placing them in their own page protector for a full-size pocket.
• Make a pocket do double duty by using it as a journaling plaque or photo mat.
IN THE CLEAR
You probably have mementos you want to include in your layout without permanently gluing them to the page. 3M’s clear self-adhesive Memorabilia Pockets are perfect for displaying stamps, pressed flowers, a key. They’re also great for keeping non-acid-free mementos from touching photographs. <www.3l.dk>
LAY IT ALL OUT
There’s a reason Becky Higgins is the biggest name in scrapbooking today. The layouts in her new book, Becky Higgins’ Scrapbooking Secrets (Porch Swing Publishing, $14.95) are clean and stylish, and easy to adapt to both heritage and contemporary photos. The sophisticated designs use solid or subtly patterned cardstock so photos are the focus, and incorporate plenty of journaling space. Higgins’ innovative ideas include creative titles, matting, pockets, embroidery and more. <www.creatingkeepsakes.com>
Just about any piece of ephemera can jazz up your album. Here are four ideas to build a memorabilia page:
• Collect newspaper and magazine articles for a page that commemorates a milestone occasion, such as a birth, birthday or graduation.
• Press flowers and foliage from your garden and create a layout that will remind you of a family member’s green thumb. For example, recall Aunt Beatrice’s prized rose bushes by enclosing petals from your own plants.
• Gather receipts, ticket stubs, vacation brochures and such from throughout the year for a time capsule layout.
• Did you inherit Great-grandma’s collection of stamps, antique hankies, buttons? Use them in a layout to show your ancestor’s personality. We used embroidery floss to stitch the title and attach the buttons at left.
It‘s a snap
If it’s too heavy, thick or otherwise impractical to glue on — but it’s essential to your scrapbook page — get Deja Views 3-D Keepers. These easy-to-use plastic cases come in all shapes and sizes. Just place your memorabilia in the bottom half, snap on the lid, and adhere to your layout with clear double-sided adhesive. A package of five to seven Keepers of various shapes and sizes costs $3.99. <www.dejaviews.com>
Do a double-take
Snag two brochures, booklets or programs at mueums, plays and celebrations, so you can cut up one to display on your layout and keep the other intact in a pocket page.
Can a photo-safe scrapbook include memorabilia? We think so. Here’s what to do with memorabilia that’s too big, not quite flat or may be acidic:
• If it’s too big, fragile or you’re worried about acidity, color copy or scan it and print on acid-free paper. This will work for all kinds of objects — plates, jewelry, books, clothing. Or take a close-up photo of large treasures to use on your page. These approaches are also good for items that might dent photos on the facing page.
• Use your acid-testing pen on paper items and spray them with deacidification spray if necessary. Avoid letting the item come into contact with photos. Most fabrics are safe, so go ahead and scrapbook those baby dresses or wedding dress swatches.