New Ways to Scrapbook
Who says that a scrapbook needs to consist of carefully-trimmed pictures and stickers placed in strategic spots? I’ve created a casual journal for each of my kids in a blank sketchbook. In it, I jot down quotes such as “This too shall pass” or quick stories that I want to remember. My kids will get their journal when they graduate from college and my hope is that they will continue to jot down quotes and stories, and the book will become an heirloom.
Create a Calendar
Calendars make for irresistible family holiday gifts—and you can save serious shopping time. If you use an online photo service like Shutterfly or Snapfish to create one, you can have it printed as many times as you need. I make these as Christmas gifts and for each month, I include pictures of my kids from the same month in a prior year.
Insert a scrapbook page into a wood frame with magnets to hold the layout; you can switch up the display page as often as you’d like. I have one hanging in my front hall and I change it every time I create a new scrapbook page that I love. It makes me happy whenever I walk by and see it. Two of my favorite frames: the Creative Memories Everyday Display and the MakeMemo Wooden Frame.
Design Recipe Cards
Liven up recipe cards by designing them as mini scrapbook pages. I use a different color background for the different types of recipes: tan is for drinks, yellow is for appetizers, and green is for salad. Cut an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of cardstock into 4″ x 6″ size cards (make a bunch so you always have a few on hand). Then type up the recipe, print it out, glue to the card, and add a picture of the finished item—or of someone trying it! Instead of having a pile of recipe cards, you now have a beautiful family treasure with all the recipes you love.
Create Greetings Cards
If you have scrapbooking paper and stickers, you can create amazing greeting cards by hand. Think of the card as a small scrapbook layout that opens up and has no photos. You can buy greetings card kits with all the supplies you’ll need and step-by-step instructions from Scrapbook.com. If you prefer to use scrapbooking supplies you have at home, Page Maps has card templates to help you design your card.
Create a Chore Chart
Scrapbooking that gets your kids to do their chores? Yes, please! Try this easy chart. Take a 12 x 12 scrapbook page (available at Scrapbook.com) and draw 2 vertical lines each 4 inches apart, giving you 3 columns. Use stickers or cut out pictures from magazines to show the different chores that you would like your toddler to do. Glue these in the left column. Cut out small circles from cardstock and put star stickers on them then attach Velcro Sticky Back Dots on the back. The other half of the Velcro dot goes in the 2 columns on the right (labeled “To Do” and “Done”). Now attach the circle with the Velcro to the correct column. Your toddler can move his star from the “To Do” column to the “Done” column after he has completed his chore. You hope.
Remember Your Facebook Updates
Every time you update your Facebook status, you’re documenting a moment in time. JotJournal pulls in your most recent Facebook status updates, including photos. You select which you want to include, and if you’d like to go further back in time you can. You get a 32-page 8″ x 8″ soft cover, glossy photo book for $15. It’s the new “status” symbol!
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