Creating a Bible Verse Photo Scrapbook
A Simple, Yet Unique Gift or Keepsake
Having trouble finding the perfect gift for a grandparent or other special person in your child's life? A Bible Verse Photo Scrapbook makes the perfect gift for family members or special teachers. Anyone can create this gift (or keepsake for yourself); no experience needed! The scrapbook will consist of black and white photos of your child or children and handwritten bible verses. You could also generate the verses on a computer but I chose to write the verses in my handwriting so the gift for my parents would be very personal. Before you set out to create your scrapbook gift you will need to make several decisions concerning photos, layout, size of album and scriptures to use. There are two ways to go about planning the scrapbook, either photos first or scriptures first. In other words use existing photos and search for scriptures that relate to the photos, or select the scriptures you want first and then find existing photos you have on hand or take photos that will relate to the scriptures. In my example, I started with a photo session with my two daughters and then selected appropriate scriptures. This is the format I will explain in detail.
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1. Grab Your Camera and Take Some Photos
Schedule a photo shoot with your children. Be sure to make this a fun event for everyone involved; depending on age let them suggest backgrounds, poses, or the outfits they will wear. The pictures will be black and white so shadows and textures will matter more than color. I chose a heavily wooded area with trees and an old fence. The differing vegetation and texture of the old fence created an interesting backdrop for my photos. Formal portrait type photos can be used but I find casual shots make a more candid and personal gift. Take as many photos as you can and use various backgrounds or props. Instruct your children to play, act natural, act silly and create different moods (serious, funny, contemplative, etc) and have in the back of your mind that you will be matching bible verses to the shots.
2. Choose Your Scrapbook Album and Supplies
You will need to choose your album before you print out your photos so you will know what size prints you will need. For this project I like to use a small, black album. The one I used is a 7 x 7 Creative Memories album. Today scrapbook albums come in all shapes, colors and sizes. Be sure that the one you choose is of good quality and acid free. As far as supplies, depending on the album (some come with pages to adhere your photos to while others feature a drop in page protector) you will need acid free black and white scrapbook paper, archival safe adhesive (I use the Stampin' Up tape runner), and a silver iridescent pen that will write on black paper. Make sure your pen is permanent and fade resistant. These pens can be found in the scrapbooking section of most craft stores, online, or from independent scrapbook consultants.
3. Choose Your Layout and Adhere Photos
Once you have chosen your photos and printed them it is time to choose a layout and create your pages. Because I was using a small album, I printed my pictures as 4 x 6 prints and used one photo and one bible verse per page. I wanted my scrapbook to be simple and elegant so I used only the photo mounted on white paper and the handwritten scripture written directly on the black scrapbook page. You may want to add additional embellishments according to your taste or the theme of your scrapbook. One trip down the scrapbooking aisle of your favorite store will be sure to give you an idea of your options; just be sure that whatever you use is safe for photos. Remember, you want your photo and verse to be the focal point of the page so make sure your chosen embellishments aren't a distraction.
4. Choose Your Scripture
After you have assembled your photo pages it will be time to choose your bible verses and hand-write a verse on each page to compliment your photo. You may have favorite scriptures that will work with your photos but it's always good to do some research and look for just the right scripture, you might even find a new favorite! A good bible concordance will help in your search. Look at the picture, what words or phrases come to mind. This could be an attribute of God, a quality of the Christian life, an emotion, or an element of nature. For example, on a photo of my daughters I used John 10:28, "I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand." and on a picture of my daughter, Mattie, who was a cheerleader at the time, I used Proverbs 15:13, "A joyful heart makes a cheerful face." and for a picture of my daughter Kristi I used a verse that described her nature, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God" Matthew 5:8. On the last page of the album, I used a picture of the girls pretending to have a fist fight, old silent movie style, and wrote the Ecclesiastes 3:4, ".......and a time to laugh." As you can see the possibilities are endless! Just have fun.
So there you have, a simple but meaninful gift. You never know what the future holds; a few years after creating this album my daughter Kristi passed away after an auto accident and this album was displayed at her memorial service and came to mean even more to not only my parents but myself as well.