Show me a mom who doesn’t have kid drawings, photos, and other memorabilia piling up somewhere or multiple somewheres around the house. With much certainty, I can presume the majority of this stockpile isn’t organized. Ok, moms if you’re looking for something to do while you stay safe at home, here’s a project for the entire crew of all ages to participate in: Scrapbooking! No official “scrapbook supplies”? No worries. Here’s how.
- adhesive (glue stick, school glue and/or tape)
- memorabilia you’ve been saving (photos, drawings, notes)
- a pen or marker
For the scrapbook
- Option 1. Use cardboard, manilla folders cut apart, or heavy drawing paper. Mount the memories on this paper. To bind: punch holes with a hole punch and use a pipe cleaner, a ribbon, yarn, or twine
- Option 2. Use a notebook with metal rings. Use a hole puncher to punch holes
- Option 3. Use an old workbook or coloring book. Cover the pages with wrapping paper, construction paper, or other fancy paper. Then adhere the memorabilia onto these pages. Great if you want to make collages with many small items
- Option 4. The traditional scrapbook you may have bought and never used or filled to completion.
Optional embellishments. Most moms have a stash of craft supplies. See what’s in the stash that can be useful such as
- ribbon, buttons, feathers
- rubber stamps and ink (pad) or markers to color the stamp
The scrapbook does not need to be “perfect”. There is no such thing. Some may want their pages in chronological order, and that’s fine. If a child wants to put things in any order as the spirit moves them, that’s fine too. Give them OWNERSHIP of the process and let them HAVE FUN.
The most important part of the process is JOURNALING. WRITE SOMETHING about each item. What is is? How old were you (approximately if you can’t remember specifically)? Why is this special? What is the memory you have attached to this? What is written about the items is equally if not more significant. If the child is too young to write, doesn’t like to write, or otherwise doesn’t want to write, ask them the questions and write for them.
As you go through the process, you will be building a memory album to be enjoyed and cherished for many years to come.
The other benefits of this activity are that you’ve tackled a paper pileup and kept everyone (hopefully) engaged in a fun activity.
I was going to add more photos to this post but ironically my kids are vying either for my attention or my computer. As it is said “gam zu la tova” (this too is for the good) perhaps not seeing examples of my scrapbooks will avoid comparisons of what a scrapbook “should” look like. One shouldn’t compare. There are no “shoulds” because of the uniqueness of them. I direct you to Pinterest if you need ideas.
For the cover staple, tape, or use pipe cleaners /wire to bind everything together. Enjoy.
Be well. Follow directives. Stay indoors. Stay safe.
Karen, The Klutter Koach