Scrapping the Joys of Motherhood

Your mom doesn’t have to be a craft queen to appreciate a Mother’s Day scrapbook gift. What’s more, you don’t have to be particularly crafty to make a Mother’s Day scrapbook gift. All it takes is a few fabulous photos, some embellishments and a whole lot of love to craft a memory book mom will cherish for years to come.

If you are truly craft-impaired, then consider making a mini album rather than a traditional 12 x 12 scrapbook to honor mom. Mini albums are basically smaller versions of the larger models, but feature 6×6 or 8×8 pages. You still showcase your favorite photos and accent the pages with die cuts, stamps, stickers and journaling blocks, but you use fewer materials.

Another easy option is to craft a full-size scrapbook, but have each child design one or two layouts, then compile all the handiwork in a single album. This is a bit challenging if the children are extremely young, but if mom is a bit older and her kids are grown and out of the house, then there’s room for more flexibility. You could even get the grandkids in on the action by helping design layouts of their own.

Some people find it easier to work on a page design if they are assigned a theme. For example, give Junior the task of crafting a “Joys of Motherhood” page that includes whimsical photos of mom. Then, add a journaling block which includes funny anecdotes featuring mom and her kids.

More very easy page design themes include:

“10 Things I Love About You”: This is especially appropriate for younger kids who can simply list the traits they admire most about mom.

“The ABCs of Motherhood”: This traditional theme offers a clever way to feature quotes, poems, song lyrics and other memories about mom.

“Lessons of Motherhood”: Use this theme to showcase lessons mom has passed down through the generations. You could also use the theme to highlight the relationship between mothers, daughters, granddaughters, and great-granddaughters.

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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.