Choosing a Theme for Your Scrapbook
by Susie Cortright
The scrapbooking industry has taken papercrafting to an
entirely new level in recent years, and that means there is
an amazing amount of tools, papers, textures, and
embellishments to choose from.
But all of these choices can make even the most inspired
scrapbooking artists feel a bit paralyzed. It is helpful to
choose a theme for your albums and mini albums. Doing so
can help you stay focused, and it can help reduce the
tendency to buy more products than you will actually use.
Here are a variety of scrapbooking themes to choose from.
Choose one or two themes to work with at any given time,
and enjoy the process of preserving your memories for
generations to come.
Create one album each year, with a two page spread for each
month. This is a great way to stay caught up, without
feeling pressured to scrapbook every photograph.
Significant Life Events
Of course, you'll want a wedding album, as well as an album
spotlighting your other shining moments.
Have one album going for each child, starting with those
first ultrasound photographs. And remember to record all of
the significant events, including the first tooth, first
haircut, first day of school, etc.
If your child or other family member is particularly
interested in sports, have a running sports album going.
Include team photos, rosters, and significant achievements.
Record your children describing big games in their own
The Hero Scrapbook
This is the place for the certificates, awards, and
newspaper clippings for all members of your family. You
could also do an album along the theme of "Good Deeds We've
Done" and "Things We Are Grateful For."
About Me album
Imagine the joy of future generations as they learn about
your favorite books, recipes, TV shows, hobbies, and, most
importantly, your life philosophy. Record all the things
that make you, you.
School Years Album.
Create a new layout for each year of school. Ask your
children to sign their name each year and include a photo
taken on the first and last day of school. Also include a
copy of their school schedule, a photo of their teacher and
significant achievements throughout the school year.
Have an ongoing scrapbook for each holiday celebration.
Bring it out with your holiday decorations after
Thanksgiving and enjoy adding to it during the festivities.
For many families, scrapbooking is a fun family tradition
No matter what theme you are currently working on, the key
to keeping it fun is to remember that not every photo needs
to be scrapbooked. (That's what photo albums are for, after
all.) Choose the events and photographs and stories that
are particularly significant and enjoy creating lasting
memories for generations to come.
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