I want something that will hold ticket stubs from a Football game I went to, have paper for notes about pictures I add, have non-plastic slots for say a bracelet I used to wear in high school, beads from vacation I took, sea shells from the beach, etc.
All of these can be put on a scrapbook page (a paper or cardstock page) that you slide into a page protector. For an example, see this layout:
shells on page
If you use a three-ring binder, sometimes called a D-ring binder, you could put in a combination of paper protectors and pages or items that are not in page protectors.