Scrapbook Your Memorabilia – Paperclipping 285


Your memorabilia can be some of your very favorite parts of your pages!

That’s how it is for me, but it wasn’t always that way. I used to find it awkward. It often made my pages ugly.

But I was determined to use it. There is nothing like real life stuff to help us tell our stories. Photos have their own special way of doing it, writing does, and so does memorabilia. So I worked very hard over a number of years to make my memorabilia work for my design, to help make it look awesome.

I’ve gotten better and better at it. Here are my top ten tips for how to make that happen…

Ten Tips for Designing with Memorabilia

  1. Alter memorabilia with your favorite altering supplies and techniques to maintain your style.
  2. Treat your memorabilia like scrapbooking products, adding it to your page the way you do your regular stash.
  3. Think of it as a focal point, like a photo.
  4. Think of it as an embellishment.
  5. Think of it as patterned paper.
  6. Use your memorabilia as your title.
  7. Use it in place of a journaling block.
  8. Cut your memorabilia up and only use the most relevant portion.
  9. Create a color palette that compliments or harmonizes with your memorabilia.
  10. Be excited about these wonderful pieces of life!

Want to see it in action?

It’s the topic of this week’s Paperclipping video tutorial and the above photo is a sneak peek of one of the layouts I put together.

I’m super excited to share it with you!

I did two layouts — a cleaner, simpler one for scrapbookers with that style, and a painterly artsy one for those who like to get messy with layers.

The video is for members and is ready to watch.

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  • Tina Campbell

    Fantastic Episode :) Loved the circles with the memoribilia edition really is a cool layout :) The paint with the tickets was a fun layout too and like how you incorporated those into the layout :) I have so much memorbilia and love the ideas you use for them :)

  • Good episode! With programs for performances, etc, I’ll use an 8.5×11 page protector and include it in my Project Life for that week.

  • Great episode! I’m currently putting together a vacation album with tons of memorabilia. I’ll be putting most of it in separate page protectors, but I definitely want to include some of it in my designs!

  • Your pages are AWESOME! You’ve given me a lot of ideas–thanks! =)

  • Teri Hartman

    I LOVE adding memorabilia to layouts. I haven’t been able to incorporate any as a design element before (like you did with the second layout), but that gives me some ideas. Thanks!

  • Gabrielle McCann

    Looking forward to watching!

  • Christine

    I’m a fan of adding memorabilia to my layouts. If something is one or two pages but on a wild color paper, I will photo copy it onto card stock. I frequently cut up maps to add to travel pages. I have also used white gesso to tone down wild colors of things I’d like in the background. I’m also jealous. I tried to get my son to get a job at the movie theater for purely selfish reasons. I’m a big screen viewing nut. Alas, I’m still paying my way to all the movies. Enjoyed the video. Thanks.

  • Cyndi

    Lucky you to see so many movies! I have oodles of transportation tickets that would work well with the style in the first layout. Sadly most of the memorabilia I’ve collected has been tossed into boxes. I hope I’ll remember the stories when I get around to organizing the piles.

  • I should clarify, my SON is the one who sees so many movies. Of all those tickets, I’ve been to two. He can take one person free with him, so he rotates between his parents, siblings, and friends. Good luck remembering your stories! I hope you end up remembering more than you expect! :)

  • Cyndi

    Yes I knew that he took each family member one at time. I should have written “Lucky for your family to see so many movies”. Sorry.

  • :)

  • Jennifer G.

    Just so you are aware, you can actually still get the custom cutting system, in circles, ovals, and a few other shapes from Creative Memories. You can also get the blades and cutting mat. The company was bought by someone and they have quite a few of their old tools online and through consultants (but they are called something else now). I really like their tools and every time I see your Titletopia (the name is pretty funny) for letter sticker alignment it makes me happy. I love mine and use it often.

  • Good to know! I want a new Titletopia. I wonder if they’re selling that again…