Preserve What Matters: Crafty Ways to Keep Your Keepsakes

Have you ever had the feeling of being in the moment and wanting to just keep that moment forever? Whether it's being on a road trip with your best friends, getting that much-deserved promotion, hearing your child's first giggle, or witnessing your husband cook for the first time, treasured memories are always worth documenting. But with the many things we can do with technology nowadays—taking a snap and then posting it on Instagram or saving it on Cloud—it's normal to easily forget about the more traditional ways of preserving photos and other mementos.

There is a different kind of thrill when you hold physical remembrances. And the good thing about keeping your keepsakes is that you don't really need to have a deadline. You can set a generous timeline and take a few hours on certain days to gradually work on it. Here are some projects you can do to make sure your recollection of your best moments are lovingly preserved.

Frame your favorites. Of course, the basic. There was a time when I felt receiving picture frames as gifts was tacky. But now I realized it can actually be a delightful surprise as it gives you an opportunity to display favorite photos or anything you feel would be great and meaningful wall art. Choose frames that go with your overall theme and strategically place them to add more personality to your home.

Hang and clip 'em. If you want to skip the frames, you can choose to hang pictures using wooden or quirky clips on a nylon or twine. It's easy to install and yet it would look uber artsy!

pexels.com
pexels.com

Start a scrapbook. I have been scrapbooking since third grade so by now I should already have at least 10-15 completed scrapbooks, right? Nope. I actually only have three. One from childhood and the other two I've accomplished in the last three years. Scrapbooking can be tedious but it's a great stress reliever and it allows you to be as creative as you can be. You can play with different paper types, stamps, cut-outs, pop-outs, and just about anything when you're making a scrapbook!

My travel and pregnancy scrapbooks, two sojourns worth remembering.
My travel and pregnancy scrapbooks, two sojourns worth remembering.

Invest in Project Life. Becky Higgin's Project Life has become a revolutionary way of scrapbooking. You start by getting an album, some pocket pages, and a few cards. It's designed to make memory-keeping more convenient as it already has default sizes of pockets which you can fill. Learn more about it in our very own Project Life ideas.

Join in the photo book craze. Photo books have been making waves lately because of the convenience offered. The concept is to prepare the book online, upload your photos using different layout and design options you can choose from, then have it delivered to your doorstep! It's not very traditional but flipping through actual pages is perhaps better than swiping through photos on your screen.

Tried my hands on photo books as well. So far, so good.
Tried my hands on photo books as well. So far, so good.

Make memory quilts. There is this trend of preserving memories of events, people, and places through personalized quilts. You can make quilts out of handprints of family members or using that blanket your baby used when you first took him home from the hospital or any other fabrics that are just too precious to throw or give away. Memory quilts can be time consuming but it will be worth it when it becomes an heirloom.

Try plaster casting. Definitely something I'm yet to try, if only I could get my toddler on board. This fascinating technique lets family members mould their hands (or feet) to create a lifecast sculpture. You can have this done professionally or you can do it yourself. You will find an array of instructional materials with a quick online search.

Keep them in a stylish box or chest. The simplest way to keep not just polaroids but also ticket stubs, dried out flowers, and even beach stones is through a box or treasure chest. Exert a bit of effort by personalizing an old shoe box or treating yourself to some good quality, vintage treasure chest. Or simply make your own with some of these tips on making a personal keepsake box!

kaeratana's diy memory box
kaeratana's diy memory box

Enjoy memory-keeping!

About the Author

Quinn

Quinn is a copywriter, a DIY apostle, and a novice mother to an adorably inquisitive two-year-old boy. She’s the go-to girl of the krafty + kaeratana marketing team and (as for herself) her go-to getaway is the beach. On the side, she maintains a personal blog, QuaintQuinn.com, where she talks about craft, food, travel, motherhood, and everything in between.

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