Quick Tip | A Place To Hold Memorabilia

Happy New Year!

I thought I would start off January (my very favorite month of the year!) with a quick storage tip for you. This idea was inspired by Ali Edwards. I don’t remember if I saw this in her Studio A column in Creating Keepsakes or if it was just an idea in a magazine somewhere.  I created these envelopes several years ago and they are still one of my favorite storage ideas.

The idea here, is to have a place to put all the ephemera you want to keep through out the year.

ephemera [ih-fem-er-uh] — Items designed to be useful or important for only a short time, esp. pamphlets, notices, labels, post cards, tickets, etc.

These manila envelopes are hanging on a binder ring in my kitchen. Anytime I cut a tags that I want to save from new clothes, have an airline ticket stub or get a post card from a friend, I tuck the pieces into these envelopes. There is one for each month. Some years I save tons of things, other years, not so much. (Looks like I didn’t save much in 2010…)

These envelopes are 8.5×11 in size, so they can hold letters and documents too, but the larger the items, the more bulky they get. I don’t really think they are adequate to hold all the stuff your children bring home from school. Storage for that kind of memorabilia would be safer in a plastic container or in a filing cabinet. I tend to use these for small items, as you can see in the photo above.

I do like to include memorabilia on my pages. During the year, if I’m working on a page where I know I saved something, I just come to these envelopes to find it. At the end of the year, I take anything I have not scrapbooked out of the envelopes and organize it in ziplock bags or page protectors and move them into a storage bin in my scrapbook room.

I do not necessarily have plans to use these items for a specific project. I just like to save odds and ends and this makes it easy and keeps it all organized. I can see myself creating some pages with divided page protectors and ephemera with notes about why I saved it, why it’s important to me. Ali Edwards will talk about that idea in her Yesterday and Today class at Big Picture Classes, so if you are taking that class now, stay tuned.

I made these envelopes several years ago with KI Memories products that are no longer available. However, I found some current products that would be fun too:

Do you like to include memorabilia on your pages? I’d love to hear any great ideas that you have for saving and using it on your pages.

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. very good idea on how to store those little mementos –might have to try that! thanks

  2. Good idea! Thanks for posting!

  3. I like to include little bits of our everyday life especially when there are no photos. I also love advertising and seeing how it changes over the years is fun. I need to made me a monthly storage envelope…that would make it easier !! 🙂

  4. Great idea-mine are usually crammed in a drawer in my scrapbook room. Love the idea of organizing them by month.

  5. This is such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Great idea. I do a similar thing – but use plastic envelopes – now I just need to start scrapping some of these things – because the envelopes are getting out of hand LOL

  7. I use the plastic bags for lots of crafty things. Kits, cards, paper, etc.!

  8. Love how your decorated your manilla envelopes! Great system for keeping track of all those little pieces of ephemera!

  9. Oh I love this idea. I just store everything in a shoe box and where ever I am at the time, lol.
    I do like to add memrobia to my pages…when I actually get one done.

  10. i use 2 gallon ziplocks.. and attach to the side of my frig with a bulldog magnet clip(heavy duty) i only have one elementary age child now, and a teenager, and a college student, so i just throw everything in the ziploc for the entire family for the month. never have had to use more than one ziploc.. of course ziplocs, have the write on space so i can label it with the month for easy identification.

    in a perfect world, if you are not like me, and can stay caught up within one rolling calendar year.. you would really only have to have one set of bags ..you would not have to label them by year, only month and reuse them each year… that doesn’t currently work for me… since i am not that caught up.. i have more than one year’s worth of ziplocks stached away needing to be scrapbooked… but then i dont really have to worry about losing any of it… i know right where to go to to find anything other than my own pics… i even put pics that friends send to me of kids..etc.. school pics, school letters, tardy slips, report cards, college schedules, and tuition bills…. just so if i want it when i get ready to scrap .. i will have it… when i do finally get around to it…. i generally either use all my stuff or trash it

    • Sounds like your system works for you! That’s the most important thing – just being able to locate it when you need it. Very rarely have I ever had a moment when I scrapbooked something and then lated realized I had some memorabila for that even that I wanted to include but forgot. Since it’s on my mind all the time, I know right where to go to find it. Thanks for stopping by today!

  11. this is GREAT!! I have a paper shopping bag hanging on the knob of my scrap room to collect for the year but this is awesome to divide it up as it comes in! YAY! making these ASAP!! thanks for sharing!

    • You are so welcome. I’m glad you are going to do it! I’ve been using these for years now. It’s so simple, but it WORKS. 🙂

  12. I always use mementos on my pages. Mementos are usually the focal point of my pages if I have them. I feel that the pages feel more like a photo album instead of a scrapbook without them (my scrapbooks look more like an old timey vision of a scrapbook than what’s popular today).

    I have one box in the closet for each year. I causally put all stuff in the box. The current year’s box is more easily accessible. After the year is over, I’ll go through the box and thin it out if I kept too many of one thing or it needs to be better organized. Then it stays in the closet until I scrapbook that time period. Anything that doesn’t make it in the scrapbook gets tossed. It’s better for my psyche that way. I figure if it wasn’t important enough to go in the scrapbook, I don’t need to save it. Of course, I have quite a few boxes built up because I can’t scrapbook fast enough!

    The husband has grown used to this method. He’ll come home from a concert, game, etc and promptly deposit his tickets, etc. on my scrapbook table. I don’t even have to ask anymore!

    • I love that your husband is so helpful! 🙂 That’s so cool. I need to get better about incorporating stuff. I don’t use memorabilia on all my pages, but I love the ones that have something. I was helping a friend pack up her Grandmother’s house and we came across all these papers and things that she had kept – lables and tickets and recipes from the Crisco can and all sorts of stuff. It was awesome just that she had it, but there was no context to it. Why did she love that recipe? Why did she keep that piece? What was important? It gave me a mission that if I’m going to save that kind of stuff and leave it behind, I want people to understand why it was important. So I’m going to do a better job of getting it in my scrapbooking and adding that context. Thanks for your comments! 🙂

      • I think it’s a switch off. I don’t use embellishments much. I think it’s partly because I don’t want to cover up the mementos.

        You can also take mementos, cut them up and make interesting designs. I didn’t get good pictures of this layout, but I love how it turned out because I took some items that are by themselves uninteresting and made something really cool: http://almostneverclever.wordpress.com/2010/11/16/school-page/

  13. I love this idea, I see you saw where I posted it on my FB fan page:) I found some envelopes we had in our office and made a set tonight.

    • That’s awesome!



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