Surprise Sound


Think about the reaction you’d get from family members and friends if they paged through your scrapbook and got an earful of your husband’s snoring.

Nothing says “interactive scrapping” more than a mini recorder playing back your favorite sounds.

Memory albums have come a long way since the days of magnetic pages and simple layouts. These days you can add tiny recording devices to page designs which allow you to document and play back everything from your son’s first piano lesson to the first song you danced to at your wedding reception.

Other uses for scrapbook recording devices include capturing your baby’s first words, having your first grader read a few sentences from his favorite book, or getting an elderly family member to recount a funny family-related anecdote. In addition, you could also record your new puppy barking or the sound of waves crashing on the shore while you are honeymooning in Hawaii. Recently, many moms-to-be have taken to recording ultrasound visits, so they have sweet memories of hearing their baby’s heartbeat for the first time.

Fortunately, there are a number of reputable recording devices made specifically for scrapbook use. PictureThatSound is one of the most popular. The card features a paper design to highlight a special moment in time you want to preserve in your scrapbook. The device records 20 seconds of sound using three coin-sized batteries and is not bulky, so it won’t make closing your album a chore. What’s more, the card, which contains the recording device, is made from acid- and lignin-free custom-designed paper, so it will last for decades without compromising the contents of your scrapbook.

Scrapbook Alive is another mini sound recording device which allows you to feature short audio clips in your scrapbook. If you don’t want to invest in the mini devices you could simply burn a CD of songs or sounds that are relevant to the theme of your layout and insert the disc into a protective page pocket.

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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.