For Bee’s 3rd birthday, I made an 8×8 ABC scrapbook for her and it remains a favorite of all the kids. I’ve been suffering from severe maternal guilt because I’ve neglected scrapbooking for so long, and Cakes will be 7 (SEVEN!) this year, and I still haven’t made an ABC book for her. Of my 3 children, she most enjoys looking at baby pictures and scrapbooks, and she always wants me to tell her stories about my own childhood, or share my memories of what she was like as a baby. With only 2 months until her birthday, I decided to buckle down and get this done as a birthday gift for her, and I’ve been having so much fun with it (although, it had been so long since I’d done any scrapbooking at all that I couldn’t even remember how to use my Coluzzle. I had to get the instructions out, and it said, “Use only the patented Coluzzle swivel knife.” I honestly couldn’t even remember what this looked like).
The appeal of these little ABC scrapbooks is that the pages are small and they come together quickly. Also, they’re a great way to use some of the literally thousands of cute, funny, but very random photos I’ve taken of my children over the years.
While I’ve experimented with and enjoy digital scrapbooking, it will never replace scrapbooking on paper for me. I just love sitting at my scrapbook table, with music playing, happily cropping and arranging and pasting. I do find the MyMemories Suite digital scrapbook software to be very helpful in paper scrapping though, particularly for making custom journaling boxes, and cover/dedication pages.
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I say that I scrap for my children, but that’s not really true. I do it for myself. It’s helped me to work through some of my struggles, because I can put my special memories down on the page, and move forward (this is especially helpful for me as my children grow up – too fast).
The ABC book is intended to be a little snapshot of each child’s life so far – their personality, likes, and experiences. I start by writing down ideas for each letter. Sometimes I have to enlist the help of my husband, and also the dictionary, to come up with words. Then, I go through my already-printed photos and memorabilia to make sure that I use what I already have first. I gather it together in an expanding accordion file, sorted by letter. That way, when I’m ready to sit down and work on a page, I have everything I need in one place.
For Cakie’s book, I had to have about two dozen photos printed to accommodate specific ideas, but I bought no stickers or embellishments because I have an abundant supply.
Some letters are easy, and I have no problem coming up with ideas.
Certain letters, such as Q, X, and Z, are more challenging, but the Q page is a great place to record funny little quips and quotes that you might otherwise forget.
I love how this book is turning out, and I can’t wait to give it to her. I think she’ll love it! I only have 4 letters to go, and it will be finished. Then, it’s onto DJ’s book. I have until February….I think I can do it.[print-me/]