When my husband and I first started dated we went on all sorts of adventures! We loved to travel, try new places and eat lots of yummy food! Of course we took pics, put them on social media and even printed some to keep, but we still had a TON of keepsakes! You know, the menus, flyers, brochures, maps, etc. that you just can’t part with due to sentimental value, but also don’t know what in the world to do with all of them! So, a few years ago, I started making yearly Memory Keepsake Collages–for all the non photo things you just can’t bare to part with! Now we have them hanging in our bedroom–one from each year we’ve been dating, the year we got engaged and now from the first year of our marriage! I am usually a few months behind in getting them done, but I got our 2015 collage put up the other day!! Hey, May is only 5 months late! These are super easy, cheap and a great keepsake for years to come! I eventually plan to line them down my hallway…once we get moved into a bigger place! So, finally, here are the few simple steps to complete your very own Memory Keepsake Collages!
- Keep anything and everything that has meaning to you! Receipts, tickets, pamphlets, brochures, sheet music, invitations, souvenirs, etc., etc.! Nothing is silly as long as it will fit in your frame! These items can be kept over time, throughout the year, simply in a shoe box or even a drawer! Keep it all, then when you go to make your frame, you can pick and choose which items will make the cut!
- Next you will need a frame! I usually wait for these to go on sale or buy them when I have a coupon for my local craft store! Any size will work, but I have found the 13X13 Square frame to be the perfect size. (see picture below). Make sure the frame is 3D and has enough room for your larger items. Also, glass is a must so you can protect your items from ware and tare!
- The next step is the fun part—arrangement! I personally love this part because I get to sit down and reminisce about the past year and all the fun times that we shared! I especially like to keep items with dates on them, so I know exactly what we were doing when and where. (It also helps keep things in the right year for me–with dates and time stamps) I simply use two-sided tape to attach the items to the cardboard that is already provided in the frame! WIN, WIN! It’s the perfect size and it already fits in the frame! I don’t attach items with too much tape, just in case I want to take them off and move them around then or at a later date. Make sure to layer the items because you will want to squeeze in as many memories as you can! (see the picture below for layering techniques) I make sure to save my larger/3D items to place in at the end! I lay them right into the frame that is upside down, place the decorated cardboard over it and then close the frame up! The finished project usually takes me a few looks and changes to get it just right!
- Finally, the last step is to get your collage just the way you like it and then hang it up! I currently have all of ours hanging in our bedroom in a sort of gallery! I have chosen not to label mine with the year, but that is always an option! Now, everyday, as I walk by them, I can take a quick glance into our past and just smile! So many great memories made and so many more to come!