When it comes to preserving special moments and memories, I am a very fitful archivist… I save old letters (but never sort them), throw photos into boxes and piles (but never organize them), and keep souvenirs in my office until they start to look cluttered, at which point I heartlessly toss all but the most meaningful items.
During a recent purge, I suddenly realized I could do something sensible with at least the flatter items I still have lying around: throw them into a scrapbook. The word has always annoyed me — it’s like “hodge podge,” but less fun to say — but the Clairefontaine book Karen sent me was nothing if not elegant. It’s a hardback, spiralbound notebook with alternating sheets of thick, lined white and dense, textured black paper, and though I gather from this photo that the idea is to paste pictures and mementos on the black and write descriptions on the white, well… that’s not what I did.
Instead, I used German bought “photo corners” (discreet, clear envelope stickers that hold photographs in place without damaging them with tape or glue) to secure pictures, restaurant cards, and other memorabilia to the pages in no particular order.
And I must say, I’m pleased with the result — a cleaner desk, an easily expandable system, and a book of souvenirs that tucks neatly into my bookshelf.
Do you keep a scrapbook?