A Collection of Minis for Mom

My mom’s birthday is less than two weeks away and I am scrambling to create a homemade gift that won’t find its way to the back of a closet.

At first I ruled out making another scrapbook for her because I seriously doubted there was a theme out there that I hadn’t already covered. Plus, my mom scrapbooks on her own, so I didn’t want to gift her with a memory book she could potentially make herself.

I shared my dilemma with my sister-in-law and she came up with a fantastic solution. Knowing that 10 days is not nearly enough time to make an elaborate scrapbook from scratch, she suggested I design a collection of mini memory books featuring a common theme-—motherhood.

Mini theme albums don’t take as much time or money to make given their size. Since you can’t fit many photos or embellishments on a single layout, you have to strategize in order to create a cohesive book that conveys your innermost thoughts and feelings.

I decided to make three minis featuring different takes on the theme of motherhood. The first album looks at the joys of motherhood and documents a number of funny moments and mama drama my mom dealt with raising me and all of my brothers. The second mini scrapbook will focus on our mother-daughter bond. Finally, the third mini memory book will feature a list of the top ten things I love the most about my mom. I plan to highlight her most admirable qualities and include photos of her and all of the members of our immediate family.

If I had more time I would include a book featuring all the lessons she’s taught me since I gave birth to my own daughter. I was also thinking of doing a multi-generational album to include all of the females in our family and the relationships they have with my mom. Unfortunately, those ideas will have to wait until later. Right now I have only five days to get all three scrapbooks done and in the mail in order for my mom to get them in time for her big day.

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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.