- Arts and Design
Scrapbooking for Generations to Come
Scrapbooking is the art of collecting and arranging pictures and memorabilia in a book, to preserve and document a personal story or a family history. This hobby has long been enjoyed in the old days and is still being done today. A scrapbook is created using scrapbooking accessories, customized beads, laces, ribbons, stickers, and of course, photos and mementos. Scrapbooking is very easy to do, that even an inexperienced papercrafter can make an awe-inspiring scrapbook that she can present to her friends and relatives.
The underlying objective of scrapbooking is to preserve stories behind every photo and memento in a creative way. Photographs will no longer be kept in boxes but will forever be enjoyed, cherished, and appreciated generation after generation by people who will enter into a scarpbooker’s life. In fact, people would want to look at these photographs again and again because the story being told by every page in this book. Scrapbooking can be an excellent method to sharing your story or your family’s history to the future generation of friends and relatives. This is the reason why generation scrapbooking are created and are much-loved by each member of the family.
Generation scrapbooking can be done in so many ways. Below are a few suggestions to start your very own scrapbook that will continue its story generations after generations.
Create a scrapbook with your child. This will give you both a remarkable bonding experience. You can involve your child to create pages by giving him a washable paint and letting him make an artwork. You can also include his very “firsts” as most moms do. Take a picture of him every month and record the changes in his body. Give him the honor to pick and choose the embellishments that you will attach to his scrapbook. If he can already express his emotions by writing them onto paper, let him write whatever he wants to say in the pages. You’ll be amazed of how much he had learned over the years. You may even have a passport to enter in his personal life.
Narrate your life in a scrapbook. Put your family’s story in a book for future generations. This may begin with your childhood pastimes to your teenage years, then to how you’ve met your better half up to your present life. Don’t stop documenting every special memory in your life. Then when the time comes that your children are fully grown up, they will appreciate knowing your life back then and be thankful that they have become a part of that story. Every member of the family can also contribute to this family generation scrapbook that you have initiated.
Make use of the old photos to revive its fading story. Gather old photos and ask your family members the story behind each picture. Don’t forget to put a little description of a person you’re not familiar with. Writing down his name or the location where the picture is taken is already a great help to know a little bit more about the picture.
Start scrapbooking now to see the fruit of your labor for the many years to ahead. Your family will thank you for it.