Selecting a Theme

It’s a rare scrapbooker that can turn a bunch of random pictures into a cohesive story. Typically, memory albums are created with a particular theme in mind. By selecting a theme, it’s easier to sort photos and create layouts that yield a natural flow. This makes it much easier for a reader to make sense of your page designs.

Choosing a theme is a relatively simple task, or at least it should be. One of the most popular scrapbook themes is the holiday album. Whether it is Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Fourth of July or Easter, the sky is the limit when it comes to designing personalized pages to display your holiday photos. In addition, special occasions such as weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, and the first and last day of school can also yield outstanding themed books that highlight photos, stories and mementos gathered on the momentous occasions.

Another popular scrapbook theme is travel or vacations. My first scrapbook chronicled my travels from one end of the country to the other and included pages devoted to getting packed to pictures of the actual drive, plus funny things I saw along the way. My second scrapbook made use of an entirely different theme: friendship. As a gift to my BFF, I created a mini memory book featuring photos of our friendship, from fifth grade through college. It included sleepovers, trips to the beach, playing softball, swimming and our first attempts at mastering rollerblading.

Whereas I don’t own a pet, animal themes are among the most popular in the scrapbook community. If you are a pet owner, then you likely have hundreds of photos of your fur baby, which makes it a breeze to devote an entire book to your furry pal. Possible layouts could include chronicling how you got your pet, what happened when you first brought him home, and what life has been like since you welcomed him into the family.

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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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