Designing a Scrapbook is a Great Way to Share Your Memories

Most of us have shoe boxes or plastic bins brimming with pictures from the years of our lives. The most organized among us have managed to sort the boxes into various years or decades, and there is some semblance of order to these memories. Mixed in with the photos may be ticket stubs, greeting cards, and various trinkets that we want to remember but we are not quite shore how to organize. Imagine leaving this legacy to your children. It would take days to sort through the boxes trying to order the material, piecing together a life they want to understand, but just cannot get a grip on when it is stored in a box. Chances are some photos are unrecognizable, some events cannot be recalled, and questions about why certain items were saved and others were not. Maybe you have saved all of your graduation cards but not birthday or anniversary greetings. Maybe you kept the ticket stub from the first baseball game you ever attended, but did not save a wedding program. Your kids and grandkids will appreciate why you chose certain items. A scrapbook is a great way to help them understand once you are no longer here to explain it. Compiling one now is a gift to future generations.

You may want to ask your children or grandchildren for assistance. By creating a scrapbook, they can remember the event in years to come. Maybe last Christmas was their favorite so far. She can share those memories with you, you can record it besides the family Christmas photos, and she can enjoy the experience as told in her own words.

You can also document the time before you had children and grandchildren. Start with your earliest photos and label the people in each picture. You can include stories surrounding everyone, or include a message directly from them if you still speak to them. Future generations will appreciate the effort you made to inform them and share their heritage with them. There may be stories you forget to share when you are alive, or these stories may not capture the interest of surly teenage grandchildren. However, a few decades fromnow they will love to learn about your past and their heritage. You can make books for everyone in the family that are personalized for each of them, or you can create identical scrapbooks with copied photos. You can include tickets, brochures or other items in addition to photos in the book. Different items such as scraps of paper, swatches of fabric, important documents and family recipes all make great additions to traditional scrapbooks. Your relatives will truly appreciate your effort in documenting the family history.

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