This is a Guest Post by Dee Mason.
I don’t know about you, but I plan on cherishing every single moment I have with my kids. One thing I’ve learned over recent years is that they really do grow up fast! That means I need to do all that I can to preserve the memories we all make together. With this in mind, I’ve been brainstorming ways to create a ‘living’ record of our lives together, and one idea seemed to stand out above all others: scrapbooking! It’s a communal activity that all members of the family can enjoy together – and it grows and evolves as you do. In short, it’s the perfect way to create a keepsake for you and your kids, and preserve the special memories so you can look back on them when you’re older. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at some great tips for making your scrapbook truly one of a kind!
Choose the right scrapbook…book
Before you start scribbling and gluing, you need to consider the actual book itself. Why, you might ask, would it matter much what the actual book is like? Well, think about it for a moment: your scrapbook is something you’ll want to look back on for years and years. That means it needs to stand the test of time. Choose a poor quality book and you risk it falling to pieces–and that’s no fun for anyone! Plus, you need to make sure that the pages themselves can support all of the things you might stick in there. So, the pages need to be thick enough to withstand having ticket stubs, photographs, pamphlets, and all sorts of other mementos stuck inside. Why not take a look at the specially made scrapbooks you can buy? These would probably be perfect!
What do you want to keep in your scrapbook?
Remember that this scrapbook will be a record of the lives you and your family share. So what would you want to remember? Perhaps you managed to get one of the many ski deals USA style? Or perhaps you had an awesome day at the amusement park? No matter what it is that you did, if you’ve got photos of it that you love to look at, it deserves a place in your scrapbook. We’ve all got little things that we’ve kept from our travels, things like restaurant bills and ticket stubs, and it’s items like this that were absolutely made to be scrapbooked. Once you’ve started brainstorming your scrapbook, it’ll probably be hard to stop–so make sure your scrapbook has enough pages!
How can the kids help make the scrapbook?
Of course you will need to be with them whenever they are scrapbooking–dependent on their age–because it involves glue and scissors–but half the fun is doing it together! You can also give them a pen and let them add some detail to each page. The great thing about this is that you can watch their drawing ability grow over the years, then look back at it together. One thing that you could do is cut a picture out, then give it to your child to stick on themselves. It’s this sort of collaboration that makes scrapbooking such a great activity to bring families together. Not only will you be closer afterwards, you’ll also have something truly magical to look back on in years to come. Heck, even the making the scrapbook can make a wonderful memory to include!
Don’t let the best years with your kids fly by without something to remember them by: just ask the people that don’t do anything and they’ll tell you! A keepsake, like a scrapbook, can be one of the most magical ways to celebrate the love in your family, and can be a source of comfort and inspiration throughout your young ones’ lives. And, perhaps best of all, it costs you almost nothing to do–a book, some glue sticks, a few pens, and you’re all set! So what are you waiting for? Why not dedicate a weekend or some vacation time to creating a wonderful memory that your family will cherish for all time!