Big Box of Wedding Stuff – Part 2

Purging Wedding KeepsakesRight before I started this wedding scrapbook, I organized and showed you the big box of stuff I’d saved from the wedding.  I’ve scrapbooked the wedding.

You know what that means.  The box’s time has come.  It was the hard part and the easy part.

On the one hand, I was itching to clear out the box because I didn’t need the stuff in it anymore.  On the other hand, I spent hours hand making a lot of crafts in that box and am attached to them.

I had to keep reminding myself of the all important rulewhat doesn’t make it into the scrapbook goes buh-bye.  The important stuff is in the scrapbook – that’s the point of the scrapbook.

A lot of what I got rid of were duplicates of things already in the book – extra favors, programs, table decorations, etc.  It was still hard but I did it!  I kept the rest of our response cards so I can make them into notecards.  I also kept extra invitation envelopes to use with other stationary.

It’s all gone.  Thrown out, recycled, reused, repurposed.  I’m really glad to see that empty box.

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Big Box of Wedding Stuff

Box of Wedding StuffWe are almost clear for takeoff on the wedding scrapbook.

As I did with my last college scrapbook, the first order of business is to go through the big box of stuff.  All of my wedding stuff went into 2 boxes and I haven’t looked through them for 5 years.

This is the first step because it helps me get a feel for what I have for the book. I took over all the horizontal space in my home office and put everything into piles (engagement, bridal shower, etc.).  I get rid of anything I can’t believe I saved I don’t think I’ll need.  Why did I save the envelope that each card came in?

I make a list of all the categories of stuff I have, then carefully place everything back in the box in reverse chronological order.  I got it down to one box!  Progress already!

The Big Purge, Part 2

Scrapbook keepsakes

I’ve finished my college scrapbook and gotten rid of extra pictures.  It’s also time to go through and throw out any keepsakes I didn’t use.  Remember my box of keepsakes?  You can catch up on how I organize my box of keepsakes to work on a new scrapbook here.

Even though I keep a ton of keepsakes, I don’t use all of them.  Sometimes I decide an event isn’t worth scrapbooking.  This happened at times with my college book because I thought everything in back then college was oh-so-important.  Sometimes I saved too many items from an event.  I used to include everything but am more critical now about how something will fit on the page.

I make sure to go through the box when I’m nearing the end of the book to make sure I didn’t forget something.  I keep everything I didn’t use until the end of the book, even if I’ve already done the layouts from that event.  Just in case!  Sometimes I like to use bits and pieces of keepsakes from the entire album at the end for some wrap-up pages.  I’ll consider turning some of the keepsakes into embellishments like Tammy does in this post.

But after all of that, it’s time to say goodbye!  I recycle as much as possible but everything goes.

Freed closet space is like magic!

Okay, I Cheated: Scanning Keepsakes

Using keepsakes in my scrapbook pages is a key part of my style.  They are more important to me than paper styles or color choices.  I wish more scrapbookers would use them!

I think my grandkids will be more amused to see  old newspaper clippings and flyers rather than ribbon I picked out to compliment them. Who am I kidding here?  I have no idea if any future offspring will want to look at these.  Moving on.

What do you do when a keepsake is too big to put in your scrapbook?  Yes, too big even for me and I use 11×14-inch scrapbook pages.

My answer?  I cheat.

If something isn’t going to work on a page, I scan it and print it on my photo printer.

When to Scan a Keepsake:

  • Item is too big for the page
  • Keepsake just won’t work with layout
  • Item is displayed elsewhere but it would help tell the story in your layout
  • Keepsake isn’t two-dimensional

Take a second look at the picture of the homecoming poster.  The original poster is 16.5 inches wide!  I scanned and resized it to 6.5 inches and it really compliments the layout without overwhelming it.

This layout is from the set of football layouts I showed last year.  Since I was using the same basic layout for all 6 football pages, it wouldn’t have made sense to disrupt the pattern by trying to fit some of the original poster on the page.

The example below is of a three-dimensional item:  a refrigerator magnet.  I couldn’t glue the magnet to the page and it was already living on our refrigerator.

But don’t these printed items just look like another picture on the page?  Not really.  Since I use a satin sheen photo paper instead of glossy, the printed keepsakes don’t look like photos at all.

Have you tried this before?  If you haven’t what ideas does this give you?  I hope this enables you to use more keepsakes in your layouts!