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The best Mother’s Day gift I ever received was a picture drawn of my then 4-year-old showing a close-up of my face as she planted a kiss on my cheek. The original drawing hangs from the shelf above my computer desk, while a color copy is tucked away in a Mother’s Day scrapbook I made for myself.

Who says you have to wait for someone else to gift you a Mother’s Day scrapbook? My daughter is 6, so I would be waiting a long, long time before she could construct a book for me on her own. My theory is if you want something bad enough, just make it yourself.

My Mother’s Day scrapbook is pretty simple; however, it shows how much my daughter loves me and that’s all I really wanted to preserve. One of the layouts is dedicated solely to hugs and kisses. I get a lot of those on Mother’s Day and am fortunate enough to have plenty of pictures documenting her affection.

On one page I chose a background paper that complemented the outfit I wore to Mass on Mother’s Day last year. Then, I arranged the photos in a heart shape on the page. A few other photos were placed randomly around the edge of the page using decorative borders to give them a little extra visual interest. Under the randomly placed photos I wrote down some of the things my child loves most about me.

On another page I used all of the greeting cards I got on Mother’s Day from family members and friends who were kind enough to send well wishes my way. I arranged the cards so they fit on two pages and used matching background paper for both pages. You could make this a single page layout, by stacking the cards, but I wanted to be able to open the cards, so I used the two-page layout. I embellished the page with stickers and a few die cuts, but kept it pretty simple as the cards are quite showy and I didn’t want to open the page and suffer sensory overload.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.

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