Scrapbooking Alternatives

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If I had more time on my hands, and was just a tad bit more creative, I'd scrapbook. I love the idea of putting memories together between two covers. But, if you're like me and don't have enough time, money, or energy, there are alternatives to documenting those precious moments.

Cookie magazine has some excellent archiving options:
 

Shadowboxes: Catalog a memory in 3D by adding not just photos, but trinkets as well. Place items inside the box with dabs of glue, let dry, and then hang as artwork.

T-shirts: Turn your child's memory into a t-shirt. Lots of vendors do silk-screening on tees. Just choose from several icons, emblems, and fonts, then email them a photo of the memory you want to commemorate.

Jot down in your planner: You're constantly on the go, but while you're waiting in the doctor's office or stuck in traffic, quickly write down any special notes that happened that day. Then, you can look back and remember all the little things. Kind of like a mini diary.
 
Create a Catchall: Though it may not be the most creative option, this might be the most realistic. You simply just throw everything you want to save into a box. Place it on a bookshelf and label it. Organize them by date (I like the idea of having annual boxes). While report cards and kids' works of art are a given, think outside the box (pun intended) and add in unusual keepsakes such as a shell to represent a beach trip or a pressed flower for when you and the kids planted a garden. Make sure you use acid-free archival-quality boxes to keep the items from fading. 
 
Snap an instant memory: I have so many pictures waiting to be downloaded onto my computer, it's not even funny. And once I get them downloaded, where do they go? On my CafeMom and Facebook profiles, and that's where they stay, which doesn't do me any good. 
 
To free yourself from the digital (and sometimes impersonal) world, Cookie suggests taking a Polaroid (you can find Polaroid cameras on eBay for around $75) of your child at the start of every week or month. Using a fine-tipped permanent marker, write the date and any notes around the picture's border, then toss into an envelope or box. 
 
Have you done any of these ideas? How do you store your keepsakes? 
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