Monday, October 13, 2008

Scrapbooking - Here's An Idea

Over the years, we may have created recipe scrapbooks and countless scrapbooking gifts. How about something very personal, reflective - and adventurous - type of scrapbooking: family values.

Family values, things that make your family uniquely yours. That's everything! Family values can range from family traditions, to habits and goals you share, to activities you enjoy together. The cool thing about these types of albums is that they're thematic rather than sequential or based on a timeline. Each spread can be about a different theme and include pictures from any point in time. As long as the pictures represent the theme of your page, you're good to go. (That's why this project is adventurous.)

Suppose your family has a tradition of spending Sundays together at local parks. You might also have words from your Grandfather that you would like to preserve with these photos like "family is the most important thing in this life; there is always time for family." What a wonderful keepsake for your family or just for yourself. It's fun to look at a visual representation of the ideas and traditions that make your family one-of-a-kind.

Another idea, how about one for your children? A family values scrapbook can be very rewarding because it causes you to focus on what you really believe. We may act on our values all of the time, but not state them overtly. A scrapbook like this causes you to verbalize what is important to you and your family.

This is my favorite type of scrapbook because it's always a work in progress!

When you finish one spread, you can put the book away and revisit it next month when you have some time or the next day if inspiration strikes. It's incredibly satisfying to be able to put a scrapbook away without the feeling that there's one more spread you have to do.

Please let me know if you are interested in a class on this type of scrapbook.