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(September 06, 2009 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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There are things in life that you collect. These are important things to you and have memories or symbolism associated with them. Collecting these sorts of items is natural and can be an especially powerful reminder of times gone by.

Choosing Collectibles

If you are prone to collecting special things, think small. It is far better to have a small rock that looks like a heart than a giant log that happens to have initials carved into it (Shame on you for hurting a tree!) You might be lucky enough to receive collectibles on special occasions. Music boxes or sports memorabilia might be part of your collection. In this case, you canít necessarily think small, but you can be a bit selective. If all of your friends know how much you love giraffes, enjoy receiving them as gifts at your birthday party, but consider donating some of them as toys to those in need and keeping just the ones that seem really fun or special.

Use Your Special Things

Given the choice between your special things collecting dust or getting a bit of use, most would elect to have their pictures, ticket stubs and collectibles doing something for them. The best way for most special items to be used is in a scrapbook. Save your favorite notes and song lyrics. Print out the best pictures and save the bills from the plays youíre a part of. Put it all in a large scrapbook over the summer to represent one year of your life in school. You can continue the trend as you grow older, although you might opt to organize the books differently based on trips, activities, or the passing of time.

The other popular way to use special things is in a display of some kind. Putting together a display shelf can be as simple as buying a kit for less than $20 and hanging it on the wall. If you are truly handy or have a parent who is, create a shelf running along all walls of your room to display your china doll collection or giraffes. A shelf running about two feet under your ceiling is a nice way to display any sort of large collection, such as stuffed animals or dolls. Smaller items can be easily displayed on a series of shelves put over your dresser or bed.

Take Notes on Special Things

You might hang on to a leaf from a camping trip that was so meaningful only to look back and forget completely what made it so special. When you put the items into a scrapbook or a box to be stored, include a small note about the experience. A few words will bring the memory back in most cases. Likewise, when you are placing pictures in a book or box, be sure to label the back of the picture with the date and the people in the picture. Itís more likely than not that you will forget the details over time but hang on to the impression of the memory.

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Nashville, TN
Posted On: November 20, 2009 ex.php?act=idx

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Nashville, TN
Posted On: September 18, 2009
I got some roses a few days ago, and instead of keeping yet another dried flower from the dozen I had an idea of how to use it to thank my husband. I took one of the petals off and took a knife to it, lol. I cut out an I and a heart and a U. I then put them in order in a book my hubby was reading.

He appreciated the gesture a lot and liked that it was unexpected as he opened his book! Now I'll probably use them to scrap book after they dry out flat.
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Posted On: September 12, 2009
I have shelves of books of every topic and age.

And lots of little statues!

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Weirton, WV
Posted On: September 12, 2009
I've been collecting angels since I was very small, I don't know where that started. XD I also have rocks (one looks like bubblegum!), two dragon-related things (a statuette and a lamp), and unicorns.
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Nashville, TN
Posted On: September 11, 2009
I save greenery, lol. I have dried flowers from the first boquet that my hubby brought me, I have a leaf from a bush that was behind me when he proposed and a magnolia leaf that my mother in law got for me. Those are all in a frame. Then I also have my wedding boquet, my first rose and a flower from my valentine boquet all in enclosed vases...I don't know what they're called but it's so they don't collect dust and can be used as decor.

I also collect duck items, though admittedly I haven't collected any in a LONG time and don't want to anymore but my grandma keeps sending them, lol. Don't know how to tell her I'm over that collection!
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