I love to include memorabilia in my scrapbooks. Ticket stubs, maps, postcards etc… I think they give an authentic look to the album and can help aid in telling my story. There are many times that I also buy postcards or even include photos from the guidebooks or pamphlets from my trip. Be careful with copyright laws on this last tip. I tend to tell myself it is ok since I bought the book, and it is just for my personal use.
Typically the paper that postcards and other memorabilia are printed on contain acid that will migrate to your photos over time. While acid and lignin are issues that came up readily in the early years of scrapbooking, you don’t hear a lot about them now. They remain harmful chemicals to photos and are the biggest issue with including memorabilia straight into albums. I use the archival color copier to eliminate the problem and put as much memorabilia in my books as I want. My albums are only 8-10 years old and when I haven’t made a copy, I have been sorry as some of the photos closest to it are already yellowing. The copier we have at Archiver’s is acid/lignin free and uses archival quality paper and ink. I was a devotee of this tool long before I started working at Archiver’s and was impressed with the research they had done before adding them to the first stores. The copies are photo quality and are on thick archival paper, so you really get the look and quality of the original you are copying. I can enlarge and shrink photos to a really small size, beyond what most photo stations I have tried can. If you don’t have an Archiver’s near you, you can use a product called Archival Mist to de-acidify the item that you are using. Some fun ways to incorporate memorabilia:
Shrink Photos – I like to have header pages in my trip albums. I used the copier to shrink down several of my best photos and included them small on the first page – then used the actual photo in my layouts later in the album.
Ticket Stubs – I had pre-ordered tickets to castles and historic British sites before we left on this trip. When they started arriving they all had the Queen’s seal on them. I want to incorporate as many as I could into my layouts because they looked so cool! On this particular layout I had open space that I didn’t have a photo to fill with – copies of the airline tickets worked great.
Maps - We did so many fun things in and around London that I wanted to include the map to orient where in the city we spent our time. I copied and enlarged this map from one of the tube maps we got at the subway station.