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Friday, 11 September 2015

SCRAPBOOKING


I have a long lying issue with getting rid of things. I keep everything - and I mean everything. Scraps of paper, old letters, pictures, tickets, sugar sachets, ribbons, coupons, receipts, polaroids, postcards, textbooks, work books, magazines, trinkets, key rings... Everything. 

The fact that I can't get rid of even a movie stubb does not bode well for me considering I like a very slick and clear interior space. Besides: a tidy space equates to a tidy mind, or so I hear. I figured I would tie up all of these loose ends I have lying about into a scrapbook to organise everything into one place.

I know that some YouTubers have been endorsing the Project Life packages to help scrapbook, but you really do not need to spend a pretty penny when it comes to this kind of thing. The tools I used you will probably already have in your cupboards - but if not they are easily picked up at a craft or charity shop.

I ended up using...

8 years worth of disposables...

...Gig tickets, movie stubbs, flight papers, exhibition passes...
...Festival and holiday wristbands..

..PVA glue...

..Brown packing paper and different wrapping paper to mount pictures onto..

..A pair of scissors...

...A few scrapbooks I picked up at a charity shop. If you can't find any decent books then you could always cover them in material or wrapping paper...

...A couple of pens for noting down dates & labeling events...


...A cup of tea & some entertainment for the ride.


This whole exercise is pretty self explanatory, but first things first I held the picture in question up to the wrapping paper I wanted to mount it on for general sizing.  







As you can see, I applied and spread some glue evenly across the back of the print with an unused make up sponge.




I nicely trimmed off any uneven edges to make sure everything was presentable, and ended up with lots of the below...






I let them dry under a weight so that they didn't crunch up or curl at the edges.


Finally, I put them into date order and gave each page a label. And voila!

If you, like myself, find yourself inundated with a ton of memorabilia you forgot that you even had, I would definitely recommend putting it all together in a scrapbook. It's a great method of sorting paperwork out physically and also a nice way to let things long overdue go whilst still keeping the memories there. Organised and tidy and all round good stuff. 

1 comment:

  1. If these are things you really want to keep forever... you might want to make sure that the album pages, glue etc you use are acid free. All of those people who used contemporary albums with sticky pages in the 1970s have found that these not only self-destruct but take your pictures and memorabilia with them. It used to be necessary to spend a fortune on acid-free stuff from places like creative memories, but nowadays even chainstores like Smiths and The Works etc do acid free stuff too. Otherwise, you'll find in 30 or 40 years time, when you really want to remember where it was you went... you will find the whole thing has turned the colour of chocolate!

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