Starting Your Child’s Scrapbook – Making Memories Last
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Written by Michele Cardello
A child's scrapbook is among the most prized possessions a parent can own,
and is a great way to preserve years of very special memories. It can be used to
chronicle the various segments of your child's life in an effort to capture
those special moments as they occur.
A child's scrapbook is among the most prized possessions a parent can own. Whether
you have only one child, or several, it is likely you will want to capture many
of those first time memories forever in an album that will preserve them for
many years to come. There are several ways to do this, and you may even consider
starting a separate album for different segments of your child's life. Below are
tips that will help you chronicle those precious moments so you can view them
over and over again.
Begin with a baby book. The baby book will include items such as baby pictures,
locks of your baby's hair, cards you received before and after the birth, and
various journal entries made by you, the proud parent. You can begin making
these entries during your pregnancy as a way to express to your unborn child how
happy you are about his or her impending birth. You can also include when he or
she began to walk, talk, and memories of the first birthday.
Begin a toddler book. Since most children are quite active during this stage,
you will probably accumulate a variety of photos to fill this album. Continue
making journal entries that help the pictures tell a story in such a way that
anyone reading it can easily imagine being there. Write down particular words or
phrases spoken by your child as a way to preserve the adorable moments that
seemingly slip away so quickly.
As your child gets older, construct an album that will include numerous art
projects, drawings, and stories your child has created to give it that personal
touch. Be sure to photograph important moments such as graduations, special
parties, or any other important occasions. Encourage your child to become
involved in the scrapbooking process by choosing pictures and suggesting ideas.
This will add personality and really make it one-of-a-kind.
Lastly, create a scrapbook chronicling his or her junior high and high school
years. Here, include pictures taken at school functions and family events,
providing appropriate captions for each. While this part of the process may not
be appreciated while it is taking place, it may be something to look back on
when your children have offspring of their own.
Present your child with these albums at a time you deem appropriate. If he or
she has taken an active part in the process over the years, it is likely these
albums will have been viewed many times, and may be a requested keepsake. If you
wish to keep copies of these albums, consider duplicating each album as it is
created. After all, your child isn't the only one who will wish to
look back on all the special times.
The author Michele Cardello, director of marketing and creative for Life
Imprints, a creative scrapbooking supplies company also offering contemporary
picture frames, in Cleveland, Ohio, has worked in the photo packaging industry
for 10 years. Cardello helps customers find creative ways to preserve and
appreciate a lifetime of memories. http://www.lifeimprints.com