Thursday, October 16, 2014

.thirty-one days of minimalism: memories.

Thank you for all of the encouragement on yesterday's post!

Baby mementos can take up a lot of room, and a scrapbook can take up a lot of time and materials to maintain. I mentioned it in this post, but I have a simple method for preserving memories.

I realize it may not be for everyone, but it is the perfect solution for me!

My trusty laminator is key here!

I have a stack of white card stock cut into 5x7 inch sheets. Then I affix the cards, pictures, and other flat mementos I want to keep with adhesive, laminate, hole punch it, and I'm done!

Each child has their own ring, and we have one for all of the cards we send out as a family.

It's a fun way to look at how my kiddos have grown!

Baby A has some fun things...

her sweet little footprints...

the cigar band from daddy's celebratory cigar...

and the card from her hospital bassinet. So sweet.

Because laminating is very permanent...there's no undoing it once it's been done...I like to use my scanner and get a high quality digital scan of anything that is especially important.


I hope this helps you get a jump on any piles of mementos you have sitting around!



  1. Although this is not something I would do myself, THIS is such a unique and cool idea! One day I will tackle the 2 tubs of photos we have accumulated over 31 years of being together, 25 years of marriage, four kids, and a bunch of other "moments". I like the idea of scrapbooks, but I don't find it a pleasurable activity. cannot ignore getting to it all together so I am thinking I will need to visit it sooner or later :).
    Another interesting and fun post!

    1. Thank you so much, Donna! My husband and I have spent a lot of time scanning in everything we've accumulated so that we can try to be "paperless" for moving. So much easier for us to carry a hard drive with us when we travel and not have to worry about movers losing irreplaceable photos!

  2. Such a great idea. Thank you, from someone who needs more minimalism. :)

  3. (Hope this isn't a repeated posting...I got an error message on the first try!)
    I love that you could let little ones handle these without worrying about anything getting ruined. I hope to do this with our past holiday cards---great idea!

    1. Exactly my thoughts! What's the point of keeping things if my kiddos can't look at them? They can't bend these *too* easily!

  4. Great idea! I am overwhelmed with all the photo books but don't fully trust digital copies so this is a good compromise.

    1. Absolutely! I tried the photo books, but they took up so much room!