Saturday, September 12, 2020

Scrapbooking | Layouts with Memorabilia Only

 As I began working on completing our 2013 chronological albums, I wanted to document three activities that kept me busy the first half of the year. I didn't really have photos for them; however, I had plenty of memorabilia.

First, I taught at a local private school that spring semester. I actually have quite a bit of memorabilia from that semester; however, I plan to use most of it in a teaching themed album at some point. So, I only chose a few pieces to include in this yearly album - the sticker from my ID badge, a snapshot of the schedule for the room where my classes were held, and the envelope that came with the flowers Robbie sent for my first day of teaching. (If you haven't heard the story of my flowers, you can read about them HERE.) A few school themed bits & pieces and a block (well, a bell) of journaling completed this simple 8x8 layout.

That January I also taught/led an all-day ladies retreat for a local church. This event marked one of the first times I led an event at a church that was not my home church. (I had originally written and presented the God Is Calling You material for this retreat at my church in the fall of 2012.)

For my layout, I included the tri-fold brochure the church had prepared, my name tag, a snapshot of the group activity I constructed using a photo of the church, a copy of the check (as this was also the first time I was paid for speaking/teaching at a ladies' event), and a piece of the thank you note from the ladies ministry.

I actually slit the page protector so the brochure could be opened.

I also spent that spring coaching in Stacy Julian's Finding Photo Freedom classroom on the old Big Picture Classes website. I used two of Stacy's favorites for the background - green and a gingham pattern. I included the letter I received from Stacy at the beginning of the three-month workshop, a screen shot of her blog on the first day of class, a postcard with one of her quotes, and her signature off another card on this page.

I'm very pleased with the way these three layouts help tell the story of my activities during the spring of 2013! Have you created any layouts with just memorabilia lately?


  1. What a wonderful use of these memorabilia! It's one of the reasons I still like paper scrapbooking because these can be included - the fact that they actually were with you, held by you, were part of your life, contain your very DNA, makes them really special. Good job you kept them :).

  2. I can't tell you how many bags of memorabilia I have stashed in drawers. I always thought I would use it on scrapbook layouts, but I rarely used more than 2-3 small items. This would have been a great alternative! Your layouts are filled with wonderful memories.

  3. What a great way to use your saved memorabilia & oh those happy memories accompanying it. I really like the school bell journal box.


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