We humans just love collecting things, whether it’s stamps, classic cars, comic books or expensive antiques.
But, whereas an avid collector specialises in a certain item, many of us are ‘scrapbook collectors,’ picking up different items as we go. And it’s these items which serve as tokens of our travels; mementos of our adventures.
It might be snaps of you and friends, postcards of places you’ve visited or tickets to days out. But, those keepsakes are no good if they’ve been shoved into a plastic wallet or drawer, only to be forgotten about!
So, why not create a scrapbook of your memories and adventures? Here are some ideas to get you started:
First things first: you need to get organised! Sort out all of your scrapbook items so you know how big a scrapbook you need to buy. Then, make sure you’re stocked-up with the essentials – the scrapbook, scissors, glue, pens, etc.
Pick a theme
Why not create a themed scrapbook? You could apply one theme for the whole book, or a new theme per page. If you’ve travelled a lot this summer, for example, you could create a scrapbook full of souvenirs from all the places you’ve visited and adventures you’ve been on.
Buy some accessories to jazz-up your scrapbook, from buttons and ribbons to special tags and stickers! If you’ve bought yourself a plain book, you could purchase some funky-coloured paper to stick your mementos on.
Write in it
Your scrapbook can double-up as a diary. For instance, if you’ve got photos to stick in, why not write a little bit about the story behind them? Or, for every keepsake in the scrapbook, you could include a little paragraph explaining why they’re important to you. A little bit of journaling will help keep your memories fresh!
Travel with it
Have your scrapbook become your travel companion! This way, you can stick-in keepsakes as you go along so you don’t forget. You could also have friends and family write-in the scrapbook, too.
If you’ve got loads of memorabilia, you can create scrapbook pockets by folding and gluing two bits of paper together, or by using an envelope!
And a few other things to bear in mind…
– If you plan to include some really special photos in your scrapbook, it’s a good idea to make sure you’ve got copies of them, just in case.
– Don’t glue postcards down to the scrapbook, because you won’t be able to read the other side! Instead, punch a small hole in the corner, thread a piece of string through it and glue the string to the scrapbook page. That way, you can turn the postcard around and read both sides.
– Don’t go OTT on the accessories – it’s meant to be a book about your memories; you don’t need seven different-coloured buttons on one page.
– Don’t chop up photos into whacky shapes. Stick with classic rectangles and squares; it looks more professional.
Don’t forget to read it! The best thing to do is leave it for a few months, or until you’ve forgotten what’s in there, and then spend some time flicking through the pages and reliving your memories.
Do you have any scrapbooking tips? If so, we’d love to hear them!
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