The scrapbooking industry has taken papercrafting to an entirely
new level in recent years, and that means there is an amazing
amount of tools, papers, textures, and embellishments to choose
But all of these choices can make even the most inspired
scrapbooking artists feel a bit paralyzed.
It’s helpful to choose a theme for your albums and mini albums.
Doing so can help you stay focused, and it can help reduce the
tendency to buy more products than you’ll actually use.
Here are a variety of scrapbooking themes to choose from. Choose
one or two themes to work with at any given time, and enjoy the
process of preserving your memories for generations to come.
Annual Scrapbooks. Create one album each year, with one 2-page
spread for each month. This is a great way to stay up-to-date,
without feeling pressured to scrapbook every photograph.
Significant Life Events. Of course, you’ll want a wedding album,
as well as an album spotlighting your other shining moments.
Children. Have one album going for each child, starting with
those first ultrasound photographs. Don’t forget to record all
of the significant events, including a child’s first tooth,
first haircut, first day of school, etc.
Sports. If your child or other family member is particularly
interested in sports, have a running sports album going. Include
team photos, rosters, and significant achievements. Record your
children describing big games in their own words.
The Hero Scrapbook. This is the place for the certificates,
awards, and newspaper clippings for all members of your family.
You could also do an album along the theme of “Good Deeds We’ve
Done” and “Things We Are Grateful For.”
About Me album. Imagine the joy of future generations as they
learn about your favorite books, recipes, TV shows, hobbies, and
- most importantly – your life philosophy. Record all the things
that make you, you.
School Years Album. Create a new layout for each year of school.
Ask your children to sign their name each year and include a
photo taken on the first and last day of school. Also include a
copy of the child’s school schedule, a photo of their teacher
and significant achievements throughout the school year.
Holidays. Have an ongoing scrapbook for each holiday
celebration. Bring it out with your holiday decorations after
Thanksgiving and enjoy adding to it during the festivities. For
many families, scrapbooking is a fun family tradition in itself.
Scrapbooking club kits can also help you to work inside themes.
Some such clubs send pre-coordinated supplies according to new
themes each month, including patterned papers, cardstock,
ribbons, journaling prompts, stickers, and other fun
embellishments, which provides inspiration for some great
No matter what theme you are currently working on, the key to
keeping it fun is to remember that not every photo needs to be
scrapbooked. (That’s what photo albums are for, after all.)
Choose the events and photographs and stories that are
particularly significant and enjoy creating lasting memories for
generations to come.