Scrapping Multiples

There are multiple multiples that attend our church.

Families with twins and triplets are a common site on Sundays, and no matter how often I see them sitting in the pews or running around the parking lot, I am still in awe of their presence… mainly because most of the multiples have at least six siblings in their respective clans.

Okay, it’s not really the multiples who I revere, it’s their parents.

While I know some of the moms quite well, I’ve never inquired about how each documents their two-or-three-for-one’s milestones. I can’t imagine what it would be like scrapbooking for triplets or quadruplets.

For starters when in the world would you have time to design memory books for two, three or four kids? Heck, I barely have time to craft albums for one child. My head hurts thinking about how complicated it would be to organize memorabilia for three babies the same age.

I suspect you’d have to keep the layouts as simple as possible. Though, because multiples often feel like their individual personalities are overshadowed by their siblings, you’d need to create designs that highlight each child’s unique talents and traits. You’d also have to take photos of the children individually instead of group shots only if you plan to craft different pages for each child.

Another idea is to design layouts that document major developmental milestones whenever they occur instead of sticking with age-centric pages only. Since children (even multiples) develop at different ages, consider creating a single layout featuring the milestone for all the kids. Simply select a milestone, such as baby’s first steps, and then feature it in die-cut letters at the top of the page. Next, add photos of each child accomplishing the milestone and include a special memory abut the moment via a journaling block.

If you have the time and the money you could also opt to make a separate book for each child.

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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.