Think Pink for Valentine’s Day

A typical Valentine’s Day scrapbook contains plenty of pink, red and white embellishments. It also features photos of lovers, friends and family members sharing sweet moments together. I was expecting to see all of this while paging through a scrapbook my mother received from a friend for Valentine’s Day last year. However, what I saw was a plethora of pink in honor of breast cancer awareness.

My mother is a breast cancer survivor. She was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer five years ago. Today, she is in remission and doing quite well. While the cancer may be gone for now, my mom has never forgotten the love and support she received from family and friends as she battled the insidious disease.

As a gift to my mom on Valentine’s Day, her friend put together a breast cancer scrapbook. I was shocked to see how many breast cancer awareness-related scrapbook supplies are on the market. The pink ribbon (the symbol of breast caner awareness) is on every embellishment you can think of.

Of course, the pink ribbon is not the only item featured in the book. My mom’s memory book featured stickers that read “hope,” “faith,” “survivor,” and “strength.” The layouts were impeccably done and chronicled my mom’s journey through hell and back again.

If you are looking to create special breast cancer pages, consider the following layout ideas:

Diagnosis: Depending on the status of the person you are creating the book for you might consider making a timeline or adding journaling blocks that chronicle the journey from diagnosis to recovery. Use decorative frames to accent journal entries or use a bunch of the pink ribbon stickers to make borders around the layout.

Well wishes: My mom received a ton of well wishes from friends and family members around the world while she was undergoing treatment for her cancer. Consider adding a few of the most memorable cards and letters to various layouts. You don’t have to use the entire card if you have limited space; rather, cut out inspirational sayings and preserve them in a touching layout.

Celebration: This layout should be a highlight for cancer survivors. Document the parties or hugs shared on the day the good news was revealed. The much anticipated joy, relief and celebration should not be excluded from a breast cancer scrapbook.

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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.