How to Store Memorabilia…on a Layout!

Hello American Crafts fans! Every year, I collect bits and pieces along our travels around the world—anything from ticket stubs to brochures and restaurant business cards. Many of these ephemera pieces are too large for a pocket page, and if I’m creating a traditional scrapbook layout, I need a different solution. Today, I’m sharing a new layout that holds all of the special memorabilia from a summer trip trip using the Wildflower and Honey Collection and the We R Memory Keepers Book Binding Tool Kit!


A fun, patterned envelope can be made in many different ways, but for this layout that introduces several projects documenting our trip to Mexico last summer, I wanted to create a special element! To add color, texture and another media on my page, I grabbed the We R Memory Keepers Book Binding Tool Kit. This fun kit has everything you need to create Coptic, saddle and Japanese bindings—the type I used on this layout. I simply attached a 6” x 6” cut of the colorful pattern from the Wildflower and Honey paper pad to a piece of white cardstock using washi tape, and placed both pieces into the bookbinding guide before punching holes in a pattern found in the handy bookbinding guide included in the kit.


Next came the fun of Japanese stitching along three sides of the papers to create a perfect pocket for my page! Once my envelope was complete, I topped it with a 4” x 4” photo and started to prepare my mixed-medial layout background using the beautiful Wildflower and Honey Collection stencils, ink pads and mist. I added subtle flowers with spray and more bold colors with the wonderful Vicki Boutin ink pads.


Adding these stenciled elements to the background established a diagonal line, which runs directly through my envelope and photo. The next round of layering began with both the Wildflower and Honey frames and journaling and icon ephemera packs. I chose large leaves and flowers to layer behind my custom envelope to give the layout a tropical feel. A banner, “happiness” die cut and heart sticker added directly below my photo added some weight and helped to draw your eye to the photo.

AmericanCrafts_MeghannAndrew_HolaMexico_04ACNext it was time to add my title, and I wanted it to be large, colorful and bold. I used the beautiful patterns from the Wildflower and Honey 6” x 8” paper pad to die cut the word “hola”, then topped it with black letter stickers from the Slice of Life collection to document our trip location.

AmericanCrafts_MeghannAndrew_HolaMexico_05ACI finished off my page with a grouping of embellishment at the top corner, including a fun pom-pom chipboard banner, which reminded me of Mexico, and beautiful cardstock sticker butterflies in a triangle around the page, which I popped up using Sticky Thumb adhesive foam tabs. Adding a few lines of stitching using my sewing machine helped to get even more texture on the page. To finish, I tucked all of the ephemera that I gathered on our trip inside my pocket, including additional photos in a photo strip that I had not yet scrapbooked!


I love that this layout not only records a beautiful memory, but also does double-duty by holding special mementos from our trip! Be sure to try this hand-stitched envelope technique on your travel layouts using the We R Memory Keepers Book Binding Tool Kit! Thanks so much for stopping by today!


Supplies | Wildflower and Honey Collection: Full Bloom paper (352243), 6 x 8 paper pad (352254), ephemera icon pack (352262), ephemera frames and journaling (352263), cardstock sticker (352257), sticker book (352258), gold holographic chipboard stickers (352255), stencils (354111), metallic ink pad (354116); All the Good Things Collection: warm tone ink pad (343902), cool tone ink pad (343901); Slice of Life collection: glitter and foam foil letter Thickers (354163); Other: We R Memory Keepers Book Binding Tool Kit (660443), Sticky Thumb adhesive foam tabs (340273), Sticky Thumb adhesive tape runner (342038)