From the Archives
Author's note: This is part of a simple new series on the blog. Here, we will be re-blogging archived DIYs posted on the first Kaeratana blog from days of yore and dedicating them to our lovely new friends. This particular post was first published by krafty + kaeratana on 27th November 2013. Happy crafting!
Are you one of those people who, while travelling, keep every theater ticket, every bus stub, even nick a pair of disposable chopsticks while eating at a restaurant in Cambodia, with every intention of compiling it all into one smart scrapbook back home? Well, I am. Of course, I daydream about a bookcase with rows of identical scrapbooks of the different places I have been to, so I keep every foreign token I can possibly get a hold of or anything I can use for the purpose. Alas, let's be honest, that's just not going to happen soon. Imagining is one thing, but I never get around to doing the complete the series of scrapbook. As a part-time mermaid, part-time scrapbooker, part-time everything else, I know they will take a while to finish. "Memory-keeping is always a work in progress," they say. So what I am usually left with is an ever-increasing mass of unsorted, undecorated, random pieces of receipts, boarding passes and trinkets*. They pile up faster than I can work on them.
Martha Stewart had the right idea, because doesn't she always?
While I was slowly dying of shallow covetousness (I really wanted to reach out and grab those boxes out of my monitor), I thought to myself that perhaps it’s doable myself. After all, it is less ambitious than the perfect, coffeebook-quality scrapbook I dream of achieving with my bare hands, so why not?
So here’s my take on the ingenious travel keepsake kits. Pardon the state of the texts, they have been printed with makeshift stencils, sponge, an old calligraphy brush and a pair of very, very amateur hands.
I sort of regretted doing them by region or city because there are a few more I’d need to do. But I am a serial hoarder; a box just won’t fit everything tax-free I brought home from one country so I needed to quit whining and suck it.
I like the idea that on quiet evenings, I could pick out one of the boxes and just slowly go through all the little stuff, play try-to-remember-what-this-was-about game, close it and put it back, then say “Thanks, Viet Nam, until next time!”
PS: *Funny story that. It was the 2008 World Youth Day in Australia and flocks of people went to see the Pope. A friend of mine... well, he went to a cabaret.
*Plain wooden boxes, krafty + kaeratana, PHP 195.00 (US$ 4.50).
*Customized Travel Keepsake Box, krafty + kaeratana, PHP 695 (US$ 15.90).
Links & Credits:
Travel Keepsake Kits. Martha Stewart.