The Importance of Preserving Precious Memories

This month marks the 10th anniversary of my grandfather’s death. He was an incredible man who made a huge difference in our family’s life.

Fortunately, he was a collector and an even more enthusiastic photographer. He actually ran his own professional photo studio for a while before getting into real estate.

He didn’t live long enough to meet his great-grandchildren, but his memory lives on in the scrapbooks my mom and I have made over the years. However, without all of the photos he took and the ones that were snapped of him, we could never have crafted the memory books that we share on a regular basis.

If you have a beloved older family member who you want to remember for years to come, now is the time to get working on a scrapbook tribute to him or her.

To start, gather as many photos of your scrapbook subject as possible. Be sure to check the back of the pictures for dates so you can place them in chronological order, or at least record the date so you can add it to a journaling block. If you can’t locate a date ask relatives and friends for help.

Next, label each picture and place it in an accordion file that you have divided into categories. If you are slightly more ambitious you could create an index of all your photos so you can place them into appropriate layouts without having to waste too much time sorting and sifting.

Once you have the photos in order, work on the mementos. Try to use items that have meaning and relevance to a particular layout. Birthday cards, wedding invitations, and birth announcements are ideal additions which document special occasions with a personal touch. If you are lucky you may even come across an old newspaper clipping, brochures or matchbooks that your loved one saved from decades ago. As you acquire mementos place them in your accordion file and make notes that you can share in the book to evoke happy memories.

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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.