Engage your whole family in a fun project that captures your important memories and milestones with simple family scrapbooking ideas. Not everyone in your family will enjoy putting the scrapbook together, but your family may like contributing to the planning process and picking out the photos. The scrapbook that you create is a treasure that your children will hold dear, and you'll probably catch them flipping through the scrapbook every once in awhile. Here are 4 scrapbooking ideas to consider:
1. Family Reunions
Scrapbooks that are centered on family reunions can be a great way for kids to learn about their extended family. They get to see aunties and uncles, grandparents and cousins in a fun setting, and as they set up the scrapbook or view it, they'll ask you questions. It's a great opportunity to teach them their family heritage, and help them make connections to family members that they don't get to see on a regular basis.
2. Goal Setting
If your family sets goals annually, then why not make a scrapbook that highlights those goals. When your write down your goals and post them, you're more motivated to work towards them. Imagine if you took the time to scrapbook those goals. Each family member could choose two goals and find photos, news clippings or stickers to represent the completion of those goals.
You can also include the goals written out in each person's own handwriting on their scrapbook page. When your children look through the scrapbook, it will be a powerful reminder to them of what they should be working towards. You or your spouse can also go through the scrapbook quarterly and use it as a conversational piece to discuss the family's progress.
3. Birth of Children
Many of the wonderful photos taken at the birth of your child should be incorporated in a scrapbook. The entire family will enjoy looking at the birth photo of each child, and so will other family members and friends. It's one of the more popular scrapbooking ideas, because it captures one of the most important moments of a parent's life. Try to obtain photos of you and your spouse's own birth. Parents often hold on to those for their entire lives, so don't be shy about asking for one or two, even if it's just to scan them in and make your own copies.
4. Family Travel
Gather all your family travel photos and put some in a scrapbook. If your family travels a lot, then break up the scrapbooks into regions of the United States or the world. You can also choose themes according to the seasons, such as summer or winter vacations. If you want to convert this scrapbook project into a learning opportunity, ask your children to conduct research on the states or countries you visited and to list 5 important facts for each to be included in the scrapbook.
Each one of these scrapbooking ideas are affordable to do if you're willing to take the time to hunt down free or low cost supplies. You can find cheap scrapbooking supplies at yard and moving sales, and you can check Craigslist and FreeCycle for free supplies.
Daphne Mallory, Esq. is the co-owner of Mallory Writing Services and has written more than 100 articles helping home based business owners and entrepreneurs start and market their business. You can learn more about her here.