Are you a scrapbooker? Or someone who likes to keep mementos? Put those scraps of paper that have been lying around in that shoebox to good use and decorate your La Sardina DIY!
I imagine many of you fellow lomographers are also scrapbookers, since you presumably take a lot of pictures. Or maybe I’m the only one who peruses the sticker aisle at Hobby Lobby on Saturday mornings, clutching coupons from the newspaper in order to save money on those over-priced 3-D Eiffel Tower stickers that I in no way NEED, but just HAVE to buy in order to make my scrapbook complete. I rub elbows with soccer moms and grandmothers, as we exchange knowing nods because for scrapbookers, it takes one to know one.
A bad habit of mine is to save every tangible piece of evidence that I have to prove that I have indeed traveled. (The lack of money in my savings account will not suffice as proof, apparently). Nothing non-perishable can be thrown away. After using a Métro ticket in Paris, rather than tossing it in the trash can like a normal person, I carefully tuck it away in my wallet. If I’m at a bar, every label on a beer bottle is fair game for the taking. That receipt from Boots for tampons? That’s one for the grandchildren. That Zara price tag? Mine.
As you can imagine, whenever I return from my travels, I have so many paper memories (crap) that not all of them will fit into a scrapbook (or two or three). The surplus goes into boxes, Hoarders-style, and is forgotten about. I have had my La Sardina DIY for several months now, and could not commit to a design concept. Today, however, I was looking through one of my many shoeboxes of flyers, ticket stubs, candy wrappers, and other useless junk when I was inspired. These items made a great design for my La Sardina DIY!
A tip, though. Don’t try to screw both the white plastic backing and the clear plastic backing onto the camera at once. After much cursing and frustration, it occurred to me that you’re meant to chose one or the other. This is probably blatantly obvious to most of you, but it took me a good while to have this epiphany.
I applied double-sided tape to the back of my travel mementos, and fixed them to the white plastic backing of the La Sardina. Then to protect the new “scrapbook” I had created, I cut the clear, sturdy plastic packaging that the La Sardina arrived in, and placed it over the white plates I had decorated. This plastic was thin enough to fit over the cover without causing issues, but thick enough to protect my portable, photo-taking scrapbook. It’s a great conversation piece as well!