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Creating a family scrapbook together is an awesome DIY activity that allows everybody to bond. It can be tough for families to spend enough time together these days, but agreeing on a project like this could mean you get that quality time and create something you can all look at and enjoy for years to come.
When the family agrees to make a family scrapbook, it could mean you get quality time and create something you can all look at and enjoy for years to come.
Here are some of the best DIY ideas you can use to create your very own amazing family scrapbook. Remember, there are no rules and you’re free to be as creative as you like with this project!
DIY Family Scrapbook
Give Each Page Or Section A Theme
Start by creating a short plan for your scrapbook project, rather than just winging it. Winging it can work occasionally, but you don’t want to wish you’d have made the book more cohesive. Books that are completely random are great too, but giving it a sense of order will make it better to look at, whether you’re looking together as a family or showing one of your guests. You could make the first part of the scrapbook all about your child’s baby pictures and first words, and then move on to their school accomplishments, for example. Come up with an order or themes you feel make sense before you continue and you’ll likely be much happier with the outcome.
Include Tickets And Receipts
Make sure you save all of your tickets and receipts so you can stick them into your book and remember the things you did, both big and small. You could include train tickets and funny tidbits of things that happened on your journey – it doesn’t all have to be based around big, extravagant adventures that you went on! You could have a page dedicated to your tickets and receipts, or you could simply find a way to include them as you go along so that everything is in order, like a timeline for the year, for example. It all depends on the theme you want your scrapbook to have, so consider this carefully before you start sticking things in willy nilly.
Use Fun Pens To Write Out Funny Things You’ve Said/Done
Grab some fun pens to write out funny things your kids have said and done. You could write them out as phrases, just words, or even include diary entries. Maybe you could all take it in turn to write your own version of events, or simply write an entry when the feeling takes you. It’ll be fun for your kids to look back at things like this when they’re older!
Print Off Your Favorite Photos
Make sure you print off your favorite photos and stick them in. You can easily print photos online ready to stick into your scrapbook. Some people like to keep a box, or a ‘scrapbox’ where they include photos only. Make sure your pictures are high quality and that they’ll last through the years. You don’t want to open your scrapbook in 10 years time to see the pictures have faded or fell apart.
If you have beautiful flowers in your garden or you see a beautiful flower on your family walks together, why not press some to include in the scrapbook? This is another great hobby you can get your kids into. All they need is a pretty flower and lots of heavy books. Once the flowers are pressed enough, they will last forever and look great stuck onto a page – you could even decorate the front of your book with them!
Bring Your Vacation Home
Why not bring your family vacations home with you? As well as purchasing little things you can stick into the book, you can create a sand pocket for your scrapbook where you keep real sand from the beaches you’ve been. All you need to do is get a plastic film and tape them with some washi tape to seal the sand inside. You may also add a label with the place you collected the sand, along with the date. It’s up to you how you do it, but this is definitely a unique idea that’ll help you feel as if you’ve brought the most amazing holiday home with you.
Map It Out
If you’re a family who loves going on adventures and traveling to pastures new, why not use a map as background to your scrapbook? You could even consider cutting out pictures of yourselves visiting specific places, and then cut them to fit the shape of the country/state you’ve visited and stick them over the place in the map!
Dedicate A Section To Pets
Don’t forget to include your beloved pets in your family scrapbook. They really do become one of us, don’t they? Include pictures of them, their nicknames, the little unique things they do that make them, well them, and anything else you want to include. It’ll be so nice to look back and remember the little things that you might forget about your pet once they’re gone, such as one of their funny nicknames or how as a puppy they’d always chew up one of your shoes and leave the other one in tact for you.
Add Your Favorite Recipes
Is there a family meal, or meals that you all love to make and eat together? Include your favorite recipes too! Once your kids have moved out, it can be so easy to forget the things you used to cook and eat together, and this way, you can make sure you can still put everybody’s favorite meal on the table just as it is supposed to be years down the line.
Make It Pop
Make your scrapbook pop by giving it awesome pop out pages! This can be a great idea for a wedding day spread, an 18th birthday party, or any other event you think would look good.
Hopefully you enjoy these DIY ideas and they help you to create an awesome family scrapbook together. Leave a comment below if you have any tips of your own that you’d like to share!
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