If a picture is worth a thousand words, a scrapbook, with its photographs and mementos, is worth many more. It can offer tangible links to the past: The viewer has the chance to unfold a crinkled letter, trace the surface of a punched train ticket, read a faded newspaper clipping. Family history is always an engaging subject for a scrapbook. But even more current topics, such as last year's vacation, a child's school years, or a friend's missives, are rich in material and possibilities. A scrapbook, after all, provides a way to bring labels, sketches, cards -- all the bitsy items that evoke moments past -- out of the shoe box and onto display. The following pages are filled with ideas for arranging your findings. We created four scrapbooks with distinct themes and moods, embellishing the pages with a mix of homemade and store-bought flourishes. But the best inspiration may come from the photographs and trinkets gathered before you -- and the story they combine to tell.
Memories Page by Page
Martha Stewart Living, January 2006