Not a scrapbook lady.
February 21, 2011 4:18 PM Subscribe
I have two large shoeboxes of keepsakes and souvenirs from travels over the past five years, including event tickets, hotel key cards, tourist maps, pub coasters, receipts, photo booth pictures and banknotes in about a dozen different currencies. I don't want them to live in a shoebox any more. What's a good way to organize them into an album of sorts?
posted by halogen to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (19 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
I want to keep these souvenirs because I'm fully aware of just how excited I get (as a child and even now) when I find little mementos of my parents' and grandparents' lives when they were younger – something as simple as a 30-year-old postcard is a cherished treasure (as are their college transcripts), and I never really got to see what I consider cool evidence of their actual experiences (other than photos).
For what it's worth, I'd consider trimming some of the stuff, but we saved a lot of it for a reason – the receipts, for example, are all in different alphabets, and the tickets are mostly for famous attractions (e.g. Hagia Sofia). Some of the stuff looks meaningless – like little numbers for waiting in queue at a bank – but they come with fantastic stories that I like to recall.
Ideas that I've considered so far include:
(a) A three-ring binder with baseball card inserts - but the items are of a bunch of different sizes, and I'm not sure that shoving them into identically-sized pockets is the best way to go here
(b) Scrapbooking - I'm not into the whole colored paper and stickers and stamps thing. Also, it's just too much stuff to place just an item or two per page, and I'm not the type to write witty descriptions for any of it.
(c) "Lightbox" type frames - I don't want to show off any of this stuff on my walls. It's just for me and my family.
Also, there's some random stuff like beads from New Orleans, lovely but bulky booklets (e.g. a gorgeous Icelandic Symphony Orchestra season program and a full-color Tokyo callgirl directory), backstage passes with their lanyards and the occasional badge. I'd rather not get rid of them, but can't come up with a good way to keep them unless I stick with the shoeboxes.
So, crafty people of AskMe, what would you do?