The new Heidi Swapp Magnolia Jane Collection has returned an oldie but a goodie…Memory Files.
Back in the day, when Heidi first introduced the Memory File collections, I was hooked. I could not even get my hands on any of her new product and so I went to making them myself, until I could purchase. If you are new to Heidi Swapp and don’t know what a Memory File is, let me introduce you.
In Heidi’s own words, a Memory File allows one to create a MEMORY EXPERIENCE. It’s an interactive collection of classic ‘office supply’ file folders, but pretty, that allows plenty of room for multiple photos and plenty of story telling.
Today I want to show you a classic approach to Memory Files. The possibilities are endless as to how one can create with said Files. But today, this post will refer to a video that Heidi did several years back, and walk through the inner workings of this Memory File and a particular technique.
The beautiful classic print from Magnolia Jane is found on this large size Memory File. It is the cover to my Memory Experience of a sister trip I took to San Diego this past November. As you can see, it’s just a regular looking file folder, but instead of manila, we have magnolias.
I used Magnolia Jane Ephemera, pattern paper and a clip to add a bit of embellishment to the cover. Because seriously, that cover just needs not much to make it any prettier.
For the inside, I am using the two mini Memory Files that come with the Memory File package. I created a 1/2-inch fold on the edge. To attach these files inside the larger file, I added adhesive right on the 1/2-inch fold. That was then attached to the back part of the larger file.
This video here, Heidi shows exactly how she added her mini to the larger.
I have placed these mini files in similar fashion to Heidi’s how-to. Now I’m ready to add photos.
This is the heart of the matter of a Memory File…the ability to add a large quantity of photos in a creative way. I would not be able to get these on a single page layout. The Memory File plus the minis attached inside give me lots of real estate to tell this story.
While I love me some black and white stripe, I wanted to calm the pattern down just a little bit. I added white cardstock to the left side of the page. I treated this side of the file like a traditional scrapbook page layout. It sort of introduces the reader to the memories found within.
As photos were added to the Memory File, one of my goals was to leave plenty of room for writing the story. These memories found here, well…they are sneaks into a moment in time. A lot of story happened while away on this weekend with my sister.
To add even more space for my journaling, I created an interactive element under the bottom photo, that sort of hides some journaling. In keeping with telling this story in chronological order, I needed these words on this page. Interactive photos and pages are great friends with the Memory File and fit in perfectly.
Turn the page, and we are now at the back of the first mini file.
Lots of photos. Lots of journaling. The Magnolia Jane Memory Files are so beautiful, I did not feel like I needed to add a lot of embellishment.
On the next mini File the story continues. The photos here on the cover are layered over another. More interactive parts! A tip here, if you print photos at 6×4, layering them over another allows room to get them all added. This is the beauty of not having these pages behind a page protector.
Ah…using these Memory Files like this reminds me how much I fell in love with them when they first came out. The paper nerd and and story teller in me really engages with telling so much of a weekend’s event in one place.
The sentiment that the pieces from the Magnolia Jane collection give this story is completely on point.
The back of the Memory File is also more space for more story. I used a piece of the DIY Notebook Insert and added my journaling to it. It was then attached to the last page, with the photo matted on top.
So, if you are like me…have lots of photos. A weekend trip? a story longer than can be found on a single page layout?
A Memory File approach may be just what you are looking for. Room for lots of photos. Room for lots of journaling. Room to get your story right where it needs to be. Filed away and at your finger tips.
Supplies: Heidi Swapp Magnolia Jane Collection