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July 17, 2013 at 11:28 AMComments: 0 Faves: 1

Preserving Treasures, Trinkets & Souvenirs

By Kristin McKinney More Blogs by This Author

I have a terrible memory. It's something that's always been an issue for me. Whether it's dealing with short or long term-memory, I struggle. Because of that I tend to take a lot of pictures and save everything I get from trips or outings with friends. The problem is, most of the time, the things I collect (cards, tickets, drawings, pictures, etc.), just sit in a closet and never see the light of day. I used to scrapbook but don't really have the time for it anymore, and there are some things that you don't really want to scrapbook, or that just don't scrapbook easily. So I went onto Pinterest to hunt for some ideas. Here are some of the things I found:

Shadow Box Memories:

I really like this idea because you can easily make this after going on a trip and it won't take forever like a scrapbook. With this idea, I can put my favorite pictures, plus things I collected (tickets, coins, boarding pass, etc.) on a trip and turn them into something that can be easily displayed for anyone to see.


  • Shadow Box
  • Memorabilia from a trip
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Gluestick
  • Binder clips
  • Poster board


  1. Cut the poster board so it fits into the shadow box.

  2. Print out a collage of pictures from your trip onto photo paper. Orient the paper so that it's landscape.

  3. Type out the text you want for the top of your shadow box in Word. You want this to be set on landscape too. You may have to experiment with it until it gets to the size that will fit in the shadow box. Once you have printed it off, cut the letters out so that you have a perfect stencil left behind.

  4. Glue the paper with the letters over top of the pictures, so you can see them through the letters. Glue this onto the poster board. Cover the rest of the poster board in colorful paper or leave as is.

  5. Cover the other half of the poster board with memorabilia from the trip. Use the binder clips to hold ticket stubs or boarding passes. Glue down the different memorabilia you collected to the board.

  6. Use stickers, embellishments, or cut out pictures and words from pamphlets you got on your trip to decorate, and you're done.

Preserving Children's Art:

childI have a six year old sister who, like any other child, loves to draw and color things. She has given me some of her pieces of work. I also have stuff I've held on to from when my brother was younger and from kids I've babysat. I've never really known what to do with them before, but I did some looking and found some cool ideas.

Take a canvas, and paint it whatever color you want. Take the piece of art you want to use and stencil a design over it, then cut it out. Use mod podge to glue the paper onto the canvas. Now you have a new and creative way to display your child's, or sibling's, artwork.

You could also scan their artwork into your computer, and use it to make a coffee table book. You can make photo books on any photo site.

You could also take a wooden children's table, and mod podge their artwork onto the table top. It will take several coats of mod podge to make sure you have a nice protective coating.

Preserve Ticket Stubs:


I don't know why, but I have always collected ticket stubs I've gotten from movies, concerts, and amusement parks. Most of the movie tickets I've kept have since faded, which makes me wish I had someway of preserving and displaying them instead of having to keep them stored in a box. Here are some ideas to do that:

Buy a photo album for 4x6 prints and a pack of 4x6 paper from a craft store. You can put the tickets on the paper, then slide it into the photo album. You could also decorate the paper with stickers or scrapbooking embellishments.

Scan ticket stubs into your computer, and create a photo book that you can order off any photo site.

There are several different journals or books you can buy online that are made specifically for preserving things like ticket stubs.

You could make a shadowbox like the one talked about above, but make it specifically for ticket stubs you've collected over the years.

Smash Book Journal:


These are really popular right now. You can go into any craft store and find an entire line of items specifically for smash booking. It can be expensive though. My sister made me an awesome one as my graduation gift out of an old book. Here's how to make your own:


  • Old book from an antique or thrift store
  • Random scrapbook embellishments (stickers, paper, ribbon, washi tape, etc.)
  • Cardstock paper
  • Mod podge
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Drill
  • Binder Rings


  1. Take the book you chose, and carefully cut down the book where the spine and the hard part of the cover connect. Do this to both sides. When you're finished, you should have the back and front cover separated from the pages and the spine of the book. You can set the spine aside, and turn it into one of these bookmarks.

  2. The next part is easy because you can do whatever you want. Take the embellishments you've gathered, and use them to decorate the cover however you want. You can also decorate the back cover if you want or the inside of the covers. Mine didn't come out anywhere near as nice as the one my sister made for me, but this is my first time doing it. Layering different colored and textured papers on top of each other looks really cool.

  3. Once you've decorated your covers, you can start making your pages. Cut down different colored pages of cardstock so they will fit into your book, and decorate them however you want. If you want, you can just make a bunch of papers ahead of time, and put them in your book, that way you don't have to worry about it down the road when you want to journal in it or add pictures. You can basically add as many pages as you want.

  4. Take your drill, and make two holes in your book that the binder rings can go through. This will act as your new book “spine.” Use a hole punch to cut holes into your pages, just make sure they line up with the holes in the cover. My sister used a leather cord for the book she made me. It looks prettier, but I prefer the binder rings because the pages move easier.

Card Journal:

If you're like me, and have a tendency to hold onto Birthday, Christmas, or random cards, (especially the ones with notes in them), then this is a great idea. For this you're doing the same thing you did for the Smash book, but instead of filling it with pages, you're filling it with cards.

Hopefully, you'll be able to take some of these ideas and try them out for yourself. The biggest thing you can do to make these turn out impressively is to be creative and have fun with it.

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