Tips on Scrapbooking Documents: Marriage Certificates

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Tips on Scrapbooking Documents: Marriage Certificates
Using a pretty envelope will make it easy to fit your document into a scrapbook (heart envelope ! image by MAHESH PATIL from Fotolia.com)

The marriage certificate is a piece of memorabilia couples often want to see in their wedding scrapbook because it's what proves they are legally married. However, the large size and importance of the document may make it difficult to fit it into the scrapbook without cutting or tearing it. There are a few ways to use the marriage license in a beautifully designed wedding scrapbook.

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Frame It

For an original document to be seen completely, it may take up the entire page of a scrapbook. However, you can still jazz up the page by framing the document. Use scrapbook frame stickers that look like antique frames. Or, if you don't mind adding a bit of bulk to your book, use real wood. Thin, flat pieces of wood can be glazed and glued around a document. Use white mat paper to really create a custom frame effect on the page.

Shrink It

While many documents, including marriage certificates, are standard 8x10 sized, you may wish to include a certificate that doesn't take up the entire page in the scrapbook. In this case, simply photocopy your marriage certificate at 30 to 70 per cent in a colour photocopier. The marriage certificate will still be legible and beautiful, and now you can frame it or include it in a collage page in your scrapbook.

Envelope

If you'd like to include your original marriage certificate in a scrapbook and you also don't want it take up the entire page, use an envelope. There are fancy envelopes available at your local craft store, or you can make your own envelope using fancy paper. Stick the envelope's back to the scrapbook page with tape or glue. The envelope will be a part of the page, but the marriage certificate may be removed from the envelope if necessary.

Digitise It

If you're creating a scrapbook with many documents, you may want to choose a digital scrapbook instead of a cut-and-paste scrapbook. Many websites online make it easy to upload images, add artwork and create a digital version of a scrapbook with a few clicks of your computer mouse. You can scan and upload documents, making it easy to resize them or rotate them to fit the book. It also allows you to preserve the original in a safe place.

Disc

If you like the idea of digitising your documents, but would still like to create a cut-and-paste handmade scrapbook, include a disc of your documents within your actual scrapbook. Scan and save images of your documents on a CD or DVD, place that disc into a sleeve and use the envelope technique to place the disc into your scrapbook. The disc can include not only your marriage license, but additional images that wouldn't fit in your scrapbook or a list of gifts you received from family members. Since a disc can hold more than a scrapbook, you can add anything you couldn't cut and paste.

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