A Family Affair

Why not make scrapbooking a family affair this holiday season?

Christmas is the perfect time to get immediate and extended members of your clan involved in creating a scrapbook. While it’s unrealistic to think that every family member is going to jump at the chance to flock embellishments or arrange die cuts, there are a number of ways you can get even the most unenthusiastic members of the group to contribute to a family memory book.

For starters, you can use family gatherings to interview the oldest members of your clan. Sit down with great-grandma or great-Aunt Sue and get their perspective on certain events, then quiz the kids in the family. Youngsters are usually very eager to share their thoughts about their siblings, parents, and cousins.

Before conducting interviews with various family members, consider creating a list of questions. Here are some to get you started:

1. Name some favorite family traditions.

2. Describe our family in five words or less.

3. What is the best part of being in our family?

4. What makes our family special?

5. Which family member are you most similar to? Why?

6. Which family member are you most different from? Why?

7. Share a favorite family memory?

Once you get the answers, look for memorable quotes that can be included in your family scrapbook. Quotes can be used as page titles, photo captions, or included in a journaling block. In addition, you can print out a quote using your favorite font or make a more elaborate embellishment by using rub-on letters, alphabet stamps, stickers, or metal letter charms to highlight certain words in a special quote.

Quotes that deal with the importance of family, the relationship between parents and children or children and grandparents, are typically the most touching and should be used as centerpieces of at least a few layouts. In addition, you could use special quotes to spice up page designs that highlight the importance of extended family and friends who are like family.

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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.