Travel Craft Alert! Craft yourself a memory frame

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.

Paris ephemera

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.

——————————————–Paris Ephemera

What you’ll need:

  • ephemera – maps, ticket stubs, money, etc.
  • photograph
  • photograph frame
  • glue
  • tape

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!

Paris Memory Frame

Memories of Paris

Prague Memory Frame

Memories of Prague

Happy Crafting!


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12 thoughts on “Travel Craft Alert! Craft yourself a memory frame

  1. Fun idea – I have a box full of old theatre/gig tickets that I’ve yet to do anything with, and this is way better than just a boring photo in a frame by itself!

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