Scrapbooking - As A Fun
Family Project

By Karen Cundiff

There is no question that scrapbooking has become an extremely popular method of displaying and protecting photos.  In addition to the benefit of preserving ever precious photos, it can also be turned into a fun project that the entire family can enjoy.

Working together to create an album of fond memories is a fantastic way to spend a rainy afternoon or a cold winter's night.  Scrapbooking can quickly become a favorite family activity.

Whether it be a recent vacation, sporting event, birthday, holiday, or various other special family occasions, using your pictures to put a scrapbook album together is a perfect way to display your photos, while spending quality time together. 

The kids love to sort through pictures, old or new, and help to create a family heirloom.  There are many aspects of scrapbooking that children can easily assist with.  For example, they enjoy using the special design scissors, picking out the photos and decorative paper, and applying them to the photo pages.  

The all-time favorite task, however, seems to be applying the fun stickers to the page, for a perfect finishing touch.  

If the children are old enough, they may also like to journal the pages with captions or thoughts explaining what is going on in the pictures, what moods or feelings are being expressed, or just a description of the place in the photo.

How many boxes of photos do you have stashed away in a closet or a drawer? You can use this family activity idea to put those pictures to good use instead of them just being stored away.

The process will sometimes go like this.  

You enjoy a great week at the beach and return home to drop off your film for developing. After 2 days or so, you pick up the developed pictures and reminisce about your vacation and how much fun everyone had. 

The pictures are then placed back in the envelope and stored in a box (to be placed in a photo album at a later time).  

Several months or perhaps a year goes by, and the photos are still in a box in the closet.  

Sound familiar?  

Maybe not everyone, but many of us do something similar to this. 

Certainly not intentionally, but as we all know, our overloaded schedules sometimes prevent us from doing the things that we mean to do.

Another benefit of scrapbooking your photos is the acid and lignin free system.  Using scrapbooking albums and scrapbooking supplies that are acid and lignin free will protect your pictures from fading and discoloring. 

You definitely want to protect your photo investment and irreplaceable special memories with your loved ones. 

If your photos are placed in a scrapbook in a fun and creative way, you are more likely to store the album on a bookshelf or table.

The scrapbooking album then becomes a great decoration that will be a wonderful conversation piece.  After all, our most treasured times are with family and friends, and the photos that are taken at these moments, should be enjoyed.

Visit for additional information about scrapbooking. You will find helpful scrapbooking advice, resources, and a list of the essential supplies you will need to get started.


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