When the husband and I got into motorcycling back in 2009, I wanted a way to preserve stories, photos, and memorabilia from our adventures. I was an insane scrapbook all the time kind of gal back then and honestly didn't need another project, so I went easy on myself. Enter this ongoing 8-1/2 x 5-1/2" mini album, 'Motorcycle Diaries.' [Also the title of a great movie - with subtitles!]
It's classic and simple. It's versatile and easy.
I can abandon it for months or years and start it right back up where I left off. I just ordered about 50 photos to add to it this weekend!
Sometimes I write a lot and sometimes a little.
You can see more about the above 2005 trip here.
Sometimes the pages are horizontal and sometimes they're vertical.
Sometimes I include memorabilia and sometimes not. The pockets are perfect for holding brochures. On the below page, I included a brochure and a few pressed pennies from the gift shop. For embellishments, I've outlined all of the photos with a marker and added a date stamp in black. Super simple!
This formula could be used for any kind of memory keeping. School days, trips, houses you've lived in, etc. Below is the basic supply list. Most of these items you can pick up at Hobby Lobby - watch for sales and coupons!
- We R Memory Keepers 5.5" x 8.5" leather album
- We R Memory Keepers 5.5" x 8.5" page protectors
- American Crafts Slick Writers [Writes on photos, won't smear.]
- Project Life Date Stamp
- Zebra Sarasa pens [My favorite pen of all time! I write all of my journaling with them.]
- Paper Studio 8.5" x 11" kraft cardstock
- 3L Permanent Mounting Squares
- Stazon Jet Black Solvent Ink Pad [Essential! This type won't smear]
A paper trimmer is also handy. The 5.5" x 8.5" size may sound funny, but it's half of a regular letter-sized piece of paper. If you wanted to get crazy, you could even fold a piece of paper in half and use both halves for a page in your book rather than cutting. Most photo prints will be 4x6. I usually adhere the photos that I want to the page and then trim any excess at that point.
Any questions, feel free to ask! Similar projects, I'd love to see them! I'm always looking for simple memory keeping ideas. Have a great day!