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:
- Jenni Bowlin calendar bingo cards
- Jenni Bowlin calendar mini die cut paper pad
- Bo Bunny months clear stamp set
- Jillibean Soup months journaling sprouts
- Sassafras Lass months paper whimsies
- Karen Foster calendar themed paper and stickers
- Glitz Design calendar cardstock pieces
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!