Using Memorabilia in Your Scrapbook

Memorabilia is one of my favorite things about scrapbooking. I think it’s such a fresh and authentic way to add scraps of the real world into your scrapbook. There is memorabilia to fit every style. Maps, postcards, ticket stubs, receipts — they all have a place in your scrapbook. I love using memorabilia in my own scrapbooks and today I’m here to share some of my favorite ways to incorporate memorabilia into your scrapbooks.

Here are a few of my favorite tips for working with memorabilia:

  1. Decide whether or not you can mess it up. Some memorabilia needs to stay in (mostly) perfect condition — let’s be totally honest here for a second and say that if you think that you’re going to keep anything in perfect condition inside a scrapbook that is going to be touched by human hands, you might want to rethink that — other memorabilia can get a little messed up and still stay totally cool. There are two examples in the project above. In on the left page is the ticket stub for Hamilton (there is no way in hell I’m ripping/bending/tearing/etc), on the right page is the sheet of paper they stick in the Playbill to let you know who is performing in that night’s cast (I didn’t really care about that as much, so I used whatever fit on that side of the page).
  2. Envelopes & Paper Clips are your friends. There are a bunch of ways to attach your memorabilia to your scrapbook. I love using small envelopes (especially if its an envelope that happens to also be memorabilia). I also love paper clips, because they aren’t permanent. As much as I love my scrapbooks, there are some really important pieces of memorabilia that I don’t want to glue down, staple down, etc.
  3. Grab all the paper goods when you’re traveling. Business cards, take-out menus, pamphlets, etc. If you don’t wind up using it — either add it to your scrap paper stash or throw it in the recycling bin. I absolutely love having fun paper goods from my travels all over.

Using Memorabilia

About the project above

This is a single page in a larger album. This page houses the Hamilton ticket & Playbill auxiliary page. There’s a photo in the upper left-hand corner, it has a white border. There are washi tape and a lot of my handwriting — there’s a lot of both of those throughout the entire album. I love using visual themes like that throughout an album, it helps decision making become so much easier when you’re wondering about that last thing to put on a page.

Here’s a link to the full video walkthrough of the above album

Do you have any questions about working with memorabilia?

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  1. I absolutely LOVE to use memorabilia in my scrapbooking. I’m almost finished scrapbooking a trip my husband and I took to northern Michigan in 2014, and I was able to incorporate memorabilia in a lot of those pages. Tickets, maps, brochures, even the front cover of a travel guide. I love your ideas for using the stuff you don’t want to get messed up. Great article!