I come home from every trip I take with pockets full of ticket stubs and subway maps; the ephemera of everyday life. These are my favourite trip mementos, not cheap t-shirts or tacky tat, but bits that remind me of the places we visited and the things that we did.
Rather then stick all of these little memories into a scrap-book or journal I have started making memory frames so that I can be reminded of my travels everyday. It’s also doesn’t take very long, require any fancy craft equipment, and is inexpensive. The frame that I made for our recent trip to Paris cost less than ₤2. In the end you will be rewarded with a great one of a kind souvenir that you can look at everyday and be reminded of your adventures.
What you’ll need:
- ephemera – maps, ticket stubs, money, etc.
- photograph frame
Step 1 – make your base. I generally start with a map, that way you don’t have to worry about any covering the background completely.
Step 2 – arrange your photograph and ephemera, placing the frame around it occasionally to see how the finished product will look.
Step 3 – Stick your bits down with glue or tape to keep them from shifting or falling down in the frame. This is absolutely necessary and I don’t always glue down everything, but it is helpful when trying to put everything back in the frame.
Step 4 – Secure everything in your frame and stand back to admire your handiwork!
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