Creating a memory book is a great way to commemorate any special event or occasion. Unlike traditional scrapbooking, memory books usually include letters, photographs, mementos and other input submitted by several people. To help you get started, here are a few tips to keep in mind when working on your memory book.
1. First and foremost, be organized. Keep all materials together in a notebook or box so that you will everything in one place when you get ready to work on the book.
2. Keep a list of all participants you have contacted for the memory book. Having a written list is a great way to keep track of everyone’s responses. Also, writing the list can spark your memory for anyone you may have left out.
3. Make sure to start early. It takes time for people to find memorabilia. Also, you don’t want to be rushed when putting the book together.
4. Check the Internet, the local library, and/or your local scrapbook or crafting store for information on creating memory books. They are great sources of how-to books and examples of different types of memory books.
5. When shopping for memory book materials, check out your local crafting and/or scrapbook stores. Both offer a wide variety of materials such as blank memory books, page refills, adhesives, pens, stickers, decorative papers, templates, cutting tools and labels.
6. Make sure the book you select is large enough to hold all the pages you expect to receive. Also, allow extra room to accommodate items such as cards, concert programs, seashells, key chains and other unique memorabilia.
7. To ensure that your memory book lasts for years to come, make sure you use archival quality paper. Read product labels to make sure the paper is acid- and lignin-free.
8. To protect photographs, use only photo-safe glue to adhere photos to memory book pages. This glue can be found at your local crafting or scrapbook store.
9. Remember that memory books do not always have to be a book. Great alternatives include shadowboxes, quilts, photo calendars and framed collages.
10. Feel free to be as creative as you desire. There is no right or wrong way to design and create a memory book.