Grandparents Day Scrapbook

Sunday is Grandparents Day. Do you have a gift picked out? If you are short on cash and creativity, then consider these tips to create a one-of-a-kind scrapbook for your child’s grandparents:

Photos: Forget about cramming 200 photos into a single book. The task will take forever, cost a ton and lead to unwanted frustration. Instead, select a few of your favorite photos of your children and their grandparents and if you really want to include others, then place them in divided plastic pages at the end of the finished book.

Memorabilia: A huge part of scrapbooks is the nifty memorabilia that’s used to enhance the photos. Look for special notes, cards, or drawings the kids have made for their grandparents and include them in the layout. You might also ask the grandparents to supply ticket stubs they may have saved from a recent trip to visit your kids. If you are short on memorabilia, you might consider adding Xeroxed copies of the grandkids birth announcements from the local newspaper to spice up a page.

Journaling: No scrapbook is complete with out some journaling. These written words are vital for any scrapbook layout, especially ones that are kept in the family and passed on from generation to generation. Remember that you are creating a keepsake that will be cherished for years to come. Also, don’t get intimidated about the journaling process. Keep it simple by concentrating on special moments, such as:

*The day the child was born

*Baptism day

*Baby’s first birthday

*Baby’s first Christmas

*Baby’s first trip to grandma and grandpa’s house

*Hopes and dreams for baby’s future

If you have trouble coming up with original thoughts to describe the special bond that exists between grandparents and their grandchildren, then turn to books. Famous quotes are a great addition to a grandparents’ scrapbook. Some examples include:

*”What advice do I tell my grandson? I listen to him.” –Roy Haynes

*”Grandchildren are the dots that connect the lines from generation to generation.” –Lois Wyse

*”Our grandchildren accept us for ourselves, without rebuke or effort to change us, as no one in our entire lives has ever done, not our parents, siblings, spouses, friends – and hardly ever our own grown children.” –Ruth Goode

Finally, you are not obligated to arrange your grandparents’ scrapbook in chronological order. Have fun with your layouts by combining several photos from different years on the same page.

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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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