Saving Holiday Memories

I’m one of those scrapbooking freaks.  Yes, I will call myself that.  I’m obsessed with stickers, die cuts, paper, adhesive, and of course, photos with my boys in them.  It is not a normal past-time for me.  I am drawn to the specialty stores, the racks of clearance items and the crops my friends all lure me into.  I’ll spend hours obsessing over a single page, and at other times I’ll knock out an entire album in an afternoon.  When I take a picture, I always wonder if it is one I will put in a scrapbook or not.  Yes, I’m a scrapbooking freak.

Scrapbookers know no time frame.  Halloween can be scrapped in November or July.  Summer activities frequently wait until the bleak winter months to finally be placed in albums.  So, keeping supplies on hand year-round is essential to the average scrapbooker’s need.

My scrapbooks use a variety of media, but the basics are the book and pages, specialty papers, and stickers.  All of the rest, to me, are embellishments.  Keeping a spectrum of papers on hand along with stickers to enhance the theme of the page is a must.  I always have a supply of papers and stickers for Valentine’s Day, birthdays, Christmas, Halloween, and a variety of sports for my kids’ activities.  Specialty papers give a common theme to tie the photos and content together, and the stickers give the extra punch to bring the general theme of the page home.  Look for papers and stickers that don’t detract from the photos on the page.

Scrapbooks that are centering around a single event or idea lend themselves well to scrapbook kitsBaby shower kits can be a great idea for an expecting mom, whether they are given as is or completed into a pictureless album (the mom-to-be can add the pictures later.  Events such as baptisms, confirmations and other church events can be easily incorporated into a single album, and a religious cross scrapbooking kit makes the perfect backdrop for such an event.

In my opinion, scrapbooking is an awesome way to preserve the past for enjoyment in the future.  Having a variety of supplies helps create an amazing masterpiece for many to appreciate for years to come.

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