Tribute Page


Scrapbook tribute pages can be created for a variety of occasions, including the first day of school. The simple layouts are designed to record milestones using materials that go beyond traditional scrapbook embellishments.

For example, if you are putting together a tribute page documenting your child’s first day of school, you will want to use a few mementos that reflect the date, such as newspaper clippings or a magazine cover. You could also cut-out ads for school supplies or foods that you packed in your child’s lunchbox. Just be sure to include the price of the items, so that you can look back and see how much each costs as the years progress.

Another memorable addition to a back-to-school tribute page is a handprint. Rather than purchasing a handprint kit from the store, simply cover your child’s hand with finger paint and have him press it on a piece of construction paper. Next, allow the paint to dry completely, and then laminate the entire piece or paper or simply cover it with clear contact paper before attaching it to your scrapbook layout. Then, at the end of the school year, have your son or daughter create another handprint to include on another tribute page. You will be amazed at how much growth can take place in the course of a single academic year.

Depending on the age of your child, you could also dedicate a tribute page to his academic achievements and progress in subjects, such as reading, writing and math. Consider recording the titles of the books your child learns to read independently. Another idea is to have your child print her name and other words she has mastered spelling on her own. You could have her do this on a separate sheet of lined paper or directly on the scrapbook page. Then, decorate the layout using stickers, die cuts, stamps, and gems.

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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.