Wednesday, 10 August 2016

How to include memorabilia on your layouts

Do you collect memorabilia? Maybe it's everyday things like movie tickets, receipts or things like postcards, coins, train tickets etc. from a holiday. It's great to include those on your pages as well. It's important to keep in mind that most, if not all, of those things are not acid free and therefore not safe to put right against your photos. However, that doesn't mean that you can't include them.

This is the first page in a series that are included in my daughter's first year album. I'm treating it kind of like a title page, even though it's found mid album. The image in the top right is a postcard, in the lower left are some passes that we needed to get onto the base when we went with my parents, and on the right some coins that I brought back. The postcard was matted on some crushed curry cardstock, but the badges were just stuck down as is.

The coins are tucked into a photo flip pocket from Simple Stories. It has a strip of adhesive on the top and is meant to add to a pocket page but they work well for memorabilia as well. I cut a 3x4 piece of a window sheet and attached the coins using mini glue dots. It works perfectly to show them off and by using a window sheet, it doesn't take away anything from the coin, you can still flip it over and see the back of the coin.

Because I wanted to include so much on this layout, it didn't leave much room for the title. But where there is a will there's a way and I love how it turned out! I am loving the Large Letter Framelits (#141712) and the Letters for You stamp set (#141968). Combine them with the Labeler Alphabet (#141936) and it makes for a perfect pair!

TRICK: If you notice this layout has a patterned paper border and then a trimmed down piece of cardstock as a base. I never used to do this - that was until I figured out this paper saving trick.

Because you are only going to see a small portion of the outside of the patterned paper, I use my paper trimmer and trim out the center of the paper. I normally create a 1" frame, that leaves me with a 10" square piece to use on another project! It also reduces the bulk in your albums. It's a win win!

Here's a quick list of what was used on this layout:
  • Floral Boutique pattern paper (#141663)
  • Number of Years Bundle (#142348)
  • Labeler Alphabet (#141936)
  • Inks: Navy and curry
  • Photo flip pocket - Simple Stories
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