A fan came up with a great way to preserve paper memories in a fun, compact, art project…
Here it is in her words:
Early in January I faced a dilemma I think I share with many people: what to do with the lovely holiday cards I’d received from friends and family. Many of these cards include pictures of people I love and it’s always psychologically difficult to throw them out, so they usually go into a box never to be seen again. I must admit that I also sometimes hold onto graduation invitations, birthday cards, and paper memorabilia from events or trips (I’m going to get to that album one day and the cool ticket from X museum, etc. will go in there!)
Suddenly a project occurred to me that I could quickly do which I dubbed, “What holds my heart together.”
- I took a piece of thin cardboard and cut out a rough heart about 3″x3” and used it as a template to cut out the most key part of each card.
- I piled them on top of each other and then bound them all together with several brightly colored rubber bands.
- For those who don’t like the funkiness of the rubber bands, a single nice ribbon would work.
- If you don’t like the idea of it sitting somewhere, glue a magnet to the cardboard back and stick it to the fridge.
Now they’re all a funky little conversation piece that can sit on a bookshelf. I know where it is and can take it apart and look at them anytime I please as well as adding to it at a moment’s notice, so this ephemera does not have to pile up in a ‘to do’ pile anywhere.
The ‘art’ of this is, of course, not the key part for me. I was amazed at how much relief I felt at not having to throw them away or find a place to save them. It encouraged me to work on a small stack of paper from my last trip. I cut out the brochure pictures and tickets I wanted and threw away all the rest without any conflicted feelings and with, again, that great sense of relief. My heart is still very thin, but I can see adding to it from here on out. It’s a great de-clutterer for me!
For those who get a ton of holiday cards, I’d suggest making each year’s haul into a single decoration for your tree.
Many thanks to Audra for sharing her great idea! Have you come up with a different way to handle memorabilia?…we’d love to hear it!