Login | Manage Account | Join

Paperclipping Home

Five Things That Could Be Missing From Your Scrapbooks

Memorabilia 924 - Version 2
Ever since I went through my old-school scrapbooks from high school and college a year or two ago, I’ve been on an escalating (though quiet) rampage regarding Life-Stuff — in other words, memorabilia and ephemera. I realized I enjoy my old scrapbooks — void of cute papers and embellishments, but packed full of stuff from my life — as much as my current ones, which were heavier on the “cute,” but lighter on the “life.”

Some memorabilia can tell the parts of the stories that our words and photos leave out.
Skeptical? You’ll see some examples below.

Life-Stuff Worth Keeping

In addition to the obvious ticket stubs, play bills, and post cards, there are other types of memorabilia/ephemera you might not have considered. Here are five qualities that compel me to save some memorabilia while tossing the others:

1) Tells something about your life.

While the left pocket in the memorabilia protector below holds the common concert memorabilia, the pocket on the right is holding ephemera from my favorite clothing store. Those items say a little something about me right now. Eventually these pieces will move onto a layout or mini-book.
Memorabilia 916

Some items tell a more subtle story about things that are going on in your life. At the end of the school year, Aiden’s teacher sent home a bunch of his first grade schoolwork. As I fished through the pieces, deciding what to toss and what to keep, I found the page below in a Valentines book where Aiden drew a picture of himself handing his great grandmother a heart.

At first I thought it was strange that he depicted Grandma Holt in bed, until I put the clues together and remembered that the month before he drew it, we had been visiting her in hospice. She died a couple weeks before Valentine’s Day. This drawing means that our visits, and Aiden’s relationship with Grandma, had enough of an impact on him to include it in his Valentine’s story two weeks later.
Memorabilia 903

2) Captures handwriting

The handwriting alone doesn’t do it for me, since we’re talking about collecting current ephemera, and there are a lot of possible pieces to save based on the handwriting criteria alone. But coupled with something else on the list, it’s very cool. Below is a story in Blake’s handwriting. He is a natural writer and I noticed that he used story-writing as a way to deal with a frustrating scenario involving a sibling.
Memorabilia 911
Actually, I’ve noticed he’s not the only one in my family to deal with situations this way. I may (or may not) want to combine these stories about various family members into one scrapbook story about family tendencies.
Memorabilia 906

3) Demonstrates learning and progress of a skill or natural talent

Aiden is also a writer — actually all five of us are — and after he wrote the “book” below, he pointed out to me that he included a problem and a solution in his plot-line, something he had recently learned.
Memorabilia 908

4) Demonstrates a person’s interests, natural tendencies, personality

Trinity draws almost every day, and most of what she draws has bright colors, hearts, and rainbows. I want to share her common art subject in a future scrapbook page, and I decided to save one that also included characters from her favorite movie, Hairspray.
Memorabilia 901

5) Shows a relationship

Below is something I saved that my Dad wrote to me, way back in 1980.
Memorabilia 919

When I was around fourteen, I decided to save this playful piece of paper my sister and I occupied our minds with during church. I could just journal something like, “My sister and I loved to play and tease, even during church,” but that doesn’t say it the way this does . . .
Memorabilia 922

And this is something I found in a paper pad. It’s the score sheet kept by one of my kids’ favorite babysitters from a game she played with Trinity. I love that Emily’s teasing personality will be forever implanted in our memories with this one piece of paper.
Memorabilia 913

Are you ready to start USING your memorabilia and need some inspiration? Below are some links to episodes with some layouts and mini-books. Paperclipping Members can watch the corresponding episodes in the Member’s Area, but if you’re not a member, you can see the projects in the blog post. If you want to see the tutorials as well, please click here to learn to learn about membership.

Everyday Items (for memorabilia specifically, look for the Starbucks mini-book)
Using Newspaper Articles on Layouts
Vacation Mini-book
Love Notes Mini-Book

Click here if you need my Cheater’s Guide to Scrapbooking Ephemera to help you get going!

Tags: , , , , ,

  • http://www.jenchapin.blogspot.com Jennifer

    Very cool! I love adding memorabilia to my pages by making my own clear pockets. I cut a page protector to the size I want it, then stitch it closed and adhere it to the page. Then I can add ticket stubs, menus, brochures….etc! See my 'birthday trip' page: http://jenchapin.blogspot.com/2010/01/scrapbooo

  • Debby

    These notes you save will imprint strong values on your children, and their children. Thank you for reminding us to use them. Knowing you are special in the eyes of mom and dad is key to our self esteem. My mom saved some of my early poems and always said I was a talented poet. When I looked at them 30 years later, I was surprised that were actually nothing award winning. But because she showcased them as memorabilia way back when, I felt I had a special talent … which led me to a creative path… and I'll always love her for doing that.

  • Debby

    These notes you save will imprint strong values on your children, and their children. Thank you for reminding us to use them. Knowing you are special in the eyes of mom and dad is key to our self esteem. My mom saved some of my early poems and always said I was a talented poet. When I looked at them 30 years later, I was surprised that were actually nothing award winning. But because she showcased them as memorabilia way back when, I felt I had a special talent … which led me to a creative path… and I'll always love her for doing that.

  • Linda Woerth

    My Mom gave me a huge box filled with photo's of my great grandparents and cousins, among them was a scrapbook that my great grandma made. She had poems she wrote and drawings she made in them. What a treasure they are. Grandma also had all her report cards, diplomas, teaching cert. and even their marriage license. I still haven't decided how to preserve all them and share them with my sisters. Your article reminded me of how important it is to showcase them.

  • Linda Woerth

    My Mom gave me a huge box filled with photo's of my great grandparents and cousins, among them was a scrapbook that my great grandma made. She had poems she wrote and drawings she made in them. What a treasure they are. Grandma also had all her report cards, diplomas, teaching cert. and even their marriage license. I still haven't decided how to preserve all them and share them with my sisters. Your article reminded me of how important it is to showcase them.

  • http://twitter.com/GoneScrapping Irene

    Great post! I featured it in today's scrapbooking news article at http://exm.nr/aUhzdF :)

  • http://www.paperclipping.com Noell

    Thank you, Irene! :)

  • Esther Faith-Smith

    Hi Noel,
    I certainly enjoyed your talk on ephemera, memorabilia, scrapbooks. I have saved so much over the years of my three sons who are now 40,41, and 42. I am now in the process of making scrapbooks for each of them. They are going to be sooo surprised at the things I have saved for them over the years.
    I certainly look forward to seeing the expressions on their faces when they receive their scrapbbooks..
    Scrapntutu.

  • Vera Matson

    Hi Noell! I have lots of memorabilia from my childhood. Can you recommend any sources for acid free memorabilia pockets for albums? I am so disappointed that Generations brand discontinued their memorabilia pockets.

  • http://www.paperclipping.com Noell

    I know Creative Memories has clear pocket envelopes that adhere to your page and they're archival! Other than that I don't know.

  • Steph H.

    OMG, that letter Trinity wrote about her brother taking things is too funny! It is priceless and someday she will be so happy to have that.

    I recently came across a small book my daughter made when she was in 5th grade, as well as a card she made me for Mother's Day. I cherish those items and will keep them with her memorabilia. maybe one day I'll pass them on to her, but for now they live in my home and in my heart.

  • http://www.mommyscraftingcabinet.blogspot.com Jilld

    It's funny that this is the topic for today because I recently went home to my parents for my 20th High School reunion. I found myself out rather late and my father had left me a note telling me that he had left me the makings of a sandwich. I found myself reduced to tears at the thoughtfulness. I took a picture of the note (feeling odd the whole time) thinking that maybe it would make a cool scrapbook page about how what an amazingly thoughtful guy my father is. I don't have the actual note but I have a picture which seems to be just as good.

  • Pingback: { free friday finds } for August 20, 2010 | Simple Scrapper()

  • PatriciaD

    I love this and it's just what I've been trying to tell people for years. I have a cassette tape made for me by one of my foster girls years ago for Christmas that I wouldn't trade for all the world. I've thought of transcribing it to add it to a scrapbook page and now that I've read this I may very well have to do that.

  • Gab

    Love all these ideas! And so cool that we can look forward to an episode on what I wanted!!!