Shutterbug - Cottage style and old shutters are naturals together. Try hanging shutters horizontally for displaying photographs, postcards, letters, and clippings. If years of paint and weathering prevent your louvers from closing tightly enough to hold the papers, use a small piece of double-stick tape to keep items in place.
Craft store sells these crates un painted for around $5-$8, the metal L brackets can be bought for cheap at Home Depot ... Crates could be stained like pic or painted to match color in the room Artemis and Apollo: 10 Uses for Wooden Crates