Embellishing Your Dad’s Day Scrapbook

My daughter zeroed in on the package of grill-themed scrapbook stickers like a heat-seeking missile during our trip to the mall yesterday. Ordinarily, I would have passed on the non-sale item, but since all the men in our family love them some BBQ, I decided to splurge on the 3D adhesives, so we could add it to the Father’s Day scrapbook we’re just about done crafting.

In addition to the slew of photos and various embellishments, including stickers, stamps and die cuts, we need to insert a few quotes and inspirational poems to round out the album. If you are looking to add some sentimental touches to a Father’s Day scrapbook, then look to pop culture for ideas. For example, if dad has a favorite song, then feature some of the lyrics in your layout. If pop is celebrating his very first Father’s Day, then include words from lullabies or nursery rhymes along with photos of him and your newborn.

Don’t be intimidated by flowery pose, there are thousands of manly quotes and poems available online and in books that will fit perfectly with your layout. Some of my favorite online resources for scrapbook quotes include Poem Source and The Poetry Foundation. You could also visit websites that are dedicated to holidays, such as Father’s Day Celebration and Fatherville, which features dozens of amazing poems for dads, grandpas, stepfathers and uncles.

Chiff.com is another excellent source for quotes and sayings from famous folks, such as Bill Cosby. The popular real-life and TV dad has a bunch of his material on the site, including this funny line he uttered on an episode of “The Cosby Show”: “The only way for this father to be certain of bathroom privacy is to shave at the gas station.”

If you are looking for something a little more personal, then have the kids write their own poems for dad. They don’t have to be long or rhyme, as long as the sentiments come from the heart, your Dad’s Day album will be a keeper for years to come.

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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.