Keepsakes for Scrapbooking
I'm new to scrapbooking, and I still
can't believe all the possibilities there are for scrapbook layouts.
When I first began I pulled out and organized a lot of my daughter's
childhood photos. Also collecting dust on my closet shelf was a box
of other family keepsakes I'd kept throughout the years.
For example, when we went to Disney World, in addition to all the
pictures we had taken, I kept the plane tickets, the cards you get
to open your hotel door, meal vouchers, luggage tags, post cards,
and theme park passes. These will make a fun addition to our Disney
World-themed scrapbook pages.
For school, there are a number of things you can keep. Certificates,
award ribbons, and report cards are just a couple of ideas. You can
also break this category down into smaller ones, like school sports,
plays, band, etc. I've kept all of the programs from my daughter's
school plays, which will make a great addition to the pictures I
have of her "in character."
Other keepsakes might include handmade cards or little notes your
child might have left you from time to time. These memories are
priceless, and could never be re-created even if you tried. Keeping
these treasures in a family scrapbook will ensure the memories are
For holiday memories, you might have childhood Christmas wish lists,
family letters, holiday cards, party invitations, or favorite family
holiday recipes. I even keep thank-you cards I have received.
Looking through my box I also found some other types of family
memories that would also make great themed scrapbook pages. Wedding
announcements, funeral programs, and graduation announcements are a
great complement to your family photographs.
Hopefully these ideas will get you thinking of things you might have
tucked away somewhere that would be a great addition to your
scrapbooking projects. If not, it's never too late to start.
Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer, mom, and owner of four home and
family web sites. For scrapbooking, card making, gift-giving ideas,
and more family memory-making activities, visit