Memory Book Tips

memory bookCreating 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.

memory book tools5. 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.


  1. I really wanted to start memory books for all four of my kids– I just can’t get started but that’s my goal for 2015

  2. I love memory books. My mom use to make them for me all the time and I noticed how a lot of the photos seemed to fade or the letters would get rips from so much reading and turning of the pages. So I have started the photos books on Shutterfly for my daughter. I scan a lot of the important cards and letters, take photos of some of the more important trinkets and put it all in her books. Then I keep a box in her closet where the actual stuff is safely protected. Get post!

  3. I love it. You have inspired me to bind the artwork I have saved. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I like to keep things from all of the trips I take, even trips to the movies, and I have the intention of memory books, but I still haven’t.

  5. Aw, what good ideas! These came at an excellent time for me, too. I just finished college and I’m putting together mini memory books of all my sorority stuff — random movie tickets, newspaper clippings, some photos — so this was super helpful!


  6. Great ideas! So cute

  7. i’ve never done this – great idea!

  8. I’ve been horrible at this. I have more videos of my son than I have pictures and keepsakes :(

  9. Thanks for sharing! I think I am going to see if my oldest daughter wants to do this.

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