Crafty Ideas: Scrapbooking Ideas # 1 – Chronicle 2010 « Mummy Knows Best - The hands-on mum's guide to cool kids' stuff

Start your foray into scrapbooking by making a keepsake of the past year, you can further customize this effort for yourself, your better half, one or all of the kids, your pet or even a family member or friend. Once you have decided who or what this scrapbook will cover, you can aggregate all the memento’s, photos etc. revolving around that theme.

Here is what ‘Ally’s 4th Year on the Planet’ scrapbook included. By doing this, I managed to keep almost everything she did in one year all in one place. Compared to dozens of digital folders or photo albums, I now have 4 scrapbooks with Ally’s story in them.

These are a few of the things we included for year 4:

-          crafts from school
-          colouring competition participation certificate with a picture of her at the competition venue
-          pictures of every silly thing she did
-          the Q-tip from her first throat swab (don’t guffaw, that can be a very big thing for little baby and her mummy!)
-          a prescription for her first knee scrape medication
-          ticket stub of her first 3D movie
-          her Valentine note to dad along with a couple of Father’s Day pictures
-          her handmade Halloween mask
-          the Christmas paper decorations she made in school and lots more.

With each scrapbooking idea we will share a tip, so get started while we work on new ideas for you!

Scrapbooking Tip # 1: Story telling/Journaling

You can start with simple headlines like “At The Beach” or “In papa’s arms” and supplement it with the four W’s: who, what, when, where and why. Or you can write long journal entries with thoughts, observations, quotes, song lyrics, poems, whatever it takes to tell your story. You can write directly on your background paper if you wish, but writing on a separate piece of paper and adding it to the page is easier and looks more polished. Alternatively, you can also use a computer to journal your story. This allows you to spell-check, use the grammar function and mix font types and sizes. It also frees you from worrying about your handwriting. Another option when journaling is to use Alphabet Cut-Outs or sticker letters. You can speak in the first person (“I spent the summer in Goa”) if you choose, or tell the story from your family’s point of view (“The Sharma Family in the US”). You can tell the story to your children and don’t be shy about using a few creative writing techniques, from “Once Upon a Time” to “Somewhere over the rainbow”. Its your story – so have fun!

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