The Scrapbook is not meant just collecting and arranging your photos. If you kept movie ticket stubs, concert ticket stubs, love letters, a test with an A+ on it and many other items from your childhood, you can make lovely record of the times that passed, the times you remember with nostalgia. That’s what the scrapbook really mean to be!
Today, we can still preserve those memories by adding these extras to our scrapbook. It’s always recommended making copies of everything. Unless the original paper is acid free, it will yellow and crumble with time. So, use the original in your scrapbook, but also keep a copy.
So, what types of “extras” are fun to put into scrapbook?
• report cards
• essays from school
• birthday invitations
• maps of cities visited
• college brochures
• greeting cards
• post cards and stamps of countries you visited
• decorative napkins
• place cards from table settings
• pressed flowers
• receipts from a favorite restaurant
• play and concert programs
• sporting event tickets and programmes
• magazine and newspaper articles
• old drivers licenses
• CD covers…
These items can be added to individual pages of the scrapbook or they can be left in tact and put into a sheet protector alongside photos of the events they represent. You can make the scrapbook a real piece of art (if you are an artistic soul, of course) using ready-made pieces, your personal memories and hand drawing and colouring.
There is no limit to the items you can put into your scrapbook. Extra items can help tell the overall story, which you want with your scrapbook. Your scrapbook can be intimate record just for your eyes, or something you will gladly share with friends and family, so you can put interesting comments that explains what’s going on in your scrapbook.