Saturday, August 20, 2011

Preserving Childhood Keepsakes with Martha Stewart

I love to preserve my memories by scrapbooking.  It is a fun hobby and the end result is that your photos and keepsakes are safe and arranged in interesting and pretty ways (if you use that method).  Martha Stewart Crafts has some of the neatest tools to help you with your creations.  You can find them on her site or at most hobby and craft stores like Michael's, JoAnn, and Hobby Lobby (and each of these usually have coupons to help with the cost).

Martha Stewart's website also has so many ideas in creating keepsakes that you are sure to not run out of creative ways to preserve your memories.  I the spirit of "Back to School", here are a few examples to get you started in preserving your child's school day memories.

Childhood Keepsakes

School Days Scrapbook

A scrapbook can help organize -- and proudly display -- the steady stream of photographs, artwork, awards, and other keepsakes that accrue during a young person's school years.

The pages are made from notebook paper (ruled and graph styles) secured to hole-punched card stock using double-sided tape. Embellishments, including a school flag made from card stock and a composition book (made from a reduced color photocopy of a real one), add texture.

School Pocket

Instead of an album devoted to school, you can add a pocket to your scrapbook for your kids' school-related memorabilia, from school pictures to poems she wrote for homework.

Tape together 2 pieces of notebook paper (ours is 7 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches), short end to short end. Trim width if necessary to fit scrapbook pages. Fold paper up from bottom as shown, making pockets in desired depths. Stitch sides to scrapbook pages with a sewing machine to secure, or glue with an archival glue stick.

Read more at Memorykeeping Projects and Keepsakes - Crafts - Martha Stewart


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