Celebrate Dad


Father’s Day is right around the corner. Fortunately, there is still enough time to handcraft a gift for Dad that he will cherish forever.

Scrapbooks honoring the man, who helped give you life and guide you through the good times and bad, make a touching Father’s Day present. What’s more, they are not hard to create. All you need are a few photos of the special man in your life, as well as some embellishments and a little creativity.

If you are stumped on how to arrange your layouts, consider honing in on certain aspects of your dad’s life. For example, you could make a series of page designs dedicated to your father’s favorite hobbies, such as golf, cooking or sailing. If your dad loves to tee off during his down time, use pre-printed grass paper as the background for a layout, and then decorate it with sandpaper as a trap and golf ball die cuts.

Another layout option is to focus on what your dad does for a living. If he is a doctor, you could embellish the page with stickers of stethoscopes and thermometers. For firefighter dads, the page could include a title with cursive lettering made to look like it was formed by a fire hose. If your dad is a professor, create a chalkboard background with black paper and use a white specialty marker to write a special note.

To add an extra special touch to your Father’s Day memory album you could share heartfelt words in a journaling block. If you can’t find words to express how you truly feel about your father, consider looking in books or online for poems about dad, such as:

A Father Is…

A father is a source of strength,
A teacher and a guide,
The one his family looks up to
With loving trust and pride…
A father is a helper
With a willing hand to lend,
A partner, an adviser,
And the finest kind of friend.

The Internet is teeming with free Father’s Day-themed poems which you can add to your layouts.

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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.