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Effectively displaying souvenirs and mementos

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Souvenir displays can be converted into treasured mementos with some creativity and forethought.
Here's a few ideas:

You may want to consider collecting a certain kind of item when you travel-perhaps a set of lamps, coins or paintings of animals, for example.

According to Hudson, Ohio interior designer Allison Perley-Harter, “Think about what you like and would like to bring back before your leave home.”

Did you know that grouping objects will make more of a decorative statement than scattering them around?

Grouping odd numbers of items generally has a more pleasing look than an even-numbered display (but bear in mind that the higher the number, that effect disappears).

Small compartments are ideal for souvenir display, as are shelves.

Glass containers are great ways to display small souvenirs of found objects, said Perley-Harter.

Filling a shadow box with travel keepsakes turns your souvenirs into art (shadow boxes are available in craft stores-or you can make your own!

Keepsake boxes has a frame on top that can hold a picture or mementos; and there's a drawer on the bottom for gathering photos, ticket stubs and brochures.

Three-dimensional artwork can be made by decorating a framed vacation photo with a related memento. Or hang the picture on a wall mural made by enlarging that same photo. Or make a mobile from objects you found on vacation.-John C. Antro, interior designer

Sources: “Kitschy To Cool”-McClatchy Newspapers-The (Sunday) Vindicator, November 10, 2013

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