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Whether or not you are into scrapbooking, you should appreciate this tip. I use a fairly large (12 inch diameter), pretty basket, which sits in my kitchen. When I receive a letter from a friend, thank you, birthday, anniversary, invitation, etc., I drop it in the basket. Likewise, if I go somewhere special, I drop restaurant menus, ticket stubs, other mementos into the basket. Just before Christmas, I empty out the basket, seeing what I want to keep, reliving memories of the year. Some I place in scrapbooks, some I trash, but it is a wonderful way to "walk" through the year and great reminders when you are writing Christmas cards. You will be amazed at all the things you do throughout a year that you forget about. I love my Memory Basket.
There is a site called "Snail Mail My Email". From November 10-16, they will allow you to type a letter to anyone you choose. After submitting it and confirming your letter in an email they send you, they will transform it into a work of art and mail it anywhere for free.
They use artists to handwrite and add drawings on beautiful paper! They have even published a book showcasing some of the letters sent around the world. They are stunning!
I chose to write one to my daughter. She recently passed another milestone, and this will be a great keepsake. I will probably frame it after it arrives. These truly are beautiful works of art. Hurry, it ends soon.
I've discovered how using a binder with a few simple office supplies and some slight creativity can be used to preserve greeting cards and special memories for years to come.
Total Time: 15 minutes or more depending on creativity
Yield: One Book of Smiles
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** Hint: If you tend to amass these greeting cards or handwritten notes through the years as I do and don't have time to create a new page as soon as a new one arrives (who does??), you might want to consider having a separate storage space for greeting cards/etc that you want to keep. I use a hanging file folder labeled "Greeting Cards to Add" and put the greeting cards (whole and intact) in the folder AFTER I add the date and information so I don't forget later!
The first year my husband and I were dating we were constantly giving each other love notes and cards. Though that has slowed down quite a bit, I didn't want to lose these precious memories. I scrapbook, but I didn't want these displayed in a scrapbook because they were just for me and him. So I took a pretty 12 x 12 piece of scrapbook paper and folded and glued it into an envelope. I then added all my paper keepsakes to it and put it in my wedding scrapbook album. This could be done with a child's artwork, notes to mommy etc. Great way to store them.
By Christi from Paducah, KY
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My father-in-law passed away 5 years ago and my mother-in-law is now moving on and cleaning out the closets in their house. She has bags and bags of 30 years worth of greeting cards and love notes. She would never let me cut them apart, but I think it would be nice to have all of the little notes in one place for her to keep close. I can scan them, then what?
Using a pretty colored paper, print out as many as you can on each page. It might help if you could put some kind of date reference on some of the pages. Then slip each page into a plastic sleeve and put them all in a binder.
As a genealogist, I see the cards and letters as history of part of the family that it would be a good idea to preserve. The lady at this website has lots of good information about archiving documents and photos. http://practicalarchivist.com/