Family vacations are a wonderful way to make lasting memories together. A wonderful way to remember those great times is to put them into a scrapbook It is a fun and easy activity that the entire family can participate in. It will allow you to relive the vacation once you get back home and discuss what each family member enjoyed the most.
How to Create a Traditional Scrapbook
So what is a scrapbook? It is a hardcover book with blank pages that can be filled with photos, memorabilia, written comments, decorative stickers, and attention to detail. Make it whatever you want it to be. Here are some tips on getting started:
- Take lots of photos during your family vacation
- Pick your favorite images and print them
- Visit a scrapbooking or craft store near you and select a scrapbook
- Pick up some decorative stickers, ribbon, or background paper to tie the theme together
- Grab some adhesive
- Get creative and have fun
Collaborate on the project by having each family member create a page about the trip then put them in the book and share it with each other.
Building a Digital Scrapbook Online
If printing photos and buying a hardcover scrapbook is not your thing, going online to create a digital scrapbook might be just for you. It’s a quick and easy way to preserve your trip in a high-quality bound book.
Websites such as Shutterfly allow you to upload your photos straight from your camera, select the size of your scrapbook, design your page layouts from a multitude of style options, then pay online to have it printed and shipped directly to you. If you like a three-dimensional look, this isn’t the way to go. It’s slick and professional looking, rather than having a homemade appearance. A benefit of this type of scrapbooking is that you can order an extra copy to give to the grandparents.
Scrapbooking with Friends
If you’d rather surprise your family and make the scrapbook on your own, don’t do it alone. Companies such as Creative Memories offer in-home scrapbooking parties that offer inspiration in a social setting. Gather your girlfriends and put on a party. Build your books together while a trained consultant offers advice on how to get started, gives tips on design strategies, and provides a variety of scrapbooking products that can be purchased at the party. The hostess might even receive a gift for having the event at her house.
Whatever you do, don’t let your family travel photos get trapped on your computer, never to be seen. Share them with friends and family through a beautiful scrapbook that you can reflect on as your children grow.