Scrapbooking Your Memories 

 Originally Written: October 22, 2009

By  Hanna Trafford

scrapbookIf you’re anything like me, you want to take pictures of all your memories, and then display them in a nice way for everyone to see.

I like the idea of scrap booking as you can add your own personal flair to the pictures with embellishments, mementos and your own words.

I am currently starting to get myself geared up to start scrap booking my sons life up until now. Although it’s only 6 months so far, which doesn’t seem like much, we have collected A LOT of pictures of the little man in that time.

Here are some tips that I’ve learned from scrap booking in the past that may help you get your mind around how to do this for yourself.

1. Identify a theme of the scrapbook you want to create. Example: My son’s first year
2. Gather all the pictures you have on that topic
3. Organize the photos how you would like. Example: chronological order (first month, second month, etc), groups (pictures with mom, pictures with dad, etc.)
4. Go through each group you’ve created and select only the pictures you would like to use, being a little ruthless as you don’t want to have millions of photos in your scrapbook. They’ll end up looking repetitive if you do.
5. Gather any mementos you may want to use. Example: excerpts from my journal of certain moments
6. Gather embellishments to make your pages come to life and add a certain “professional” look.
7. Figure out a layout you would like to use. You don’t have to use the same layout for each page, but they should flow nicely from page to page.
8. Lastly, put them all together!

Keep in mind that you don’t have to spend a lot of money on this to make it look great. I have found a lot of great scrap booking supplies at the dollar store.

This can seem like a daunting task when you first start out, but the result is a great collection of your memories that everyone in your family can look back on forever!

Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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