Preserving Family Memories

by Tina ~ November 12th, 2014.

Does thinking about de-cluttering make you anxious?

You’re not alone! Many people associate de-cluttering with getting rid of stuff – but although that’s part of it, it’s really about separating the things you use and value from those that are just taking up space.

There’s absolutely no reason that you can’t hold onto photos and other keepsakes. They’re a wonderful way to keep your memories alive, both for yourself and for future generations.

Before you go tossing those mementos in a drawer or storage box, ask yourself these three questions:

  1. Is this the best way to store these items so they don’t get damaged?
  2. How easy is it for me to enjoy them and share them with others?
  3. If something happens to me, will anyone know the significance of them?

Organizing them into scrapbooks can be a fun way to while away cold winter nights, and it will help to preserve your memories (both literally and figuratively) for many years to come.

If a particular item is too large to put in a scrapbook, consider taking a photograph (or a few) of it, and donate or sell the item itself to someone who can put it to good use.

Ready to start? Here are a few places to find great supplies:

  1. The Paper Place
  2. The Papery
  3. Essence du Papier
  4. Wonder Pens
  5. Hanji Handmade Paper
  6. Write Impressions
  7. Above Ground Art Supplies
  8. B&J Trading

(Source: The Best Card, Paper and Stationery Shops in Toronto, blogTO)

Once you get into scrapbooking, you’re probably going to start collecting a lot of different types of paper and other supplies. That’s okay, as long as you have a way to keep it organized so you always know what you have.

If you’ve got a spare room available, you might like to convert it to a craft room:

Contemporary Home Office

You can also fit a scrapbooking area into a smaller area:

Eclectic Home Office by Atlanta Interior Designers & Decorators Designing Homemaker

For best results, the Scrapbook Preservation Society recommends the following:

  1. Store photos and scrapbooks somewhere cool and dry.
  2. Use preservation-quality scrapbook materials.
  3. Photocopy newspaper articles and ultrasound images onto good quality white paper, and store them in polypropylene page protectors. These will last longer than the originals.
  4. Use pigment ink pens that are fade-resistant, lightfast, bleed-proof and waterproof.
  5. Never use rubber or latex adhesives.

Are you a scrapbooker? Send me a picture of your favourite scrapbook page, and I’ll post it on Spot On’s Facebook page!

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2 Responses to Preserving Family Memories

  1. Judge Felstiner J.P.

    fifty years ago Barbara gave me a scrapbook to keep a lot of stuff in. At that time I was doing some experimental street work in Toronto, and received a lot of publicity in Toronto newspapers, and gave many many speeches. The scrapbook is now falling apart,and some pages are fading. I could scan each page myself, but I wonder if there is a commercial service which would not only scan it all, but could restore it so that it can be viewed again by hand.

    Thanks, Judge

  2. Janet Barclay

    I have a box of paper memorabilia, and I often joke that when I’m gone, they can just toss the whole thing in the recycling. Reading your post makes me realize that if I curate my collection more carefully and take the time to separate those that may have significance to later generations from those that are more personal to me, it may become something worth passing on to my kids – if only for them to learn more about my earlier life.

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