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How To Make Mother’s Day Memorable By Making A Scrapbook

The usual Mothers Day gift are flowers, chocolates and little trinkets to comemorate the occasion. How about trying something different that lasts longer and touches your mom’s heart.

One of the best hobbies to go into is Scrapbooking, for it has a variety of uses especially in creating presents that turn out to be family prized possessions.

The star scrapbook is, like its name, a scrapbook shaped like a star that can be used for display or carried around in a bag for all to see and admire. This is a very personal gift and absolutely perfect for proud grandma’s who will want to take the pictures of the new baby to be admired by all. Star scrapbooks are relatively simple to make – take a look at our youtube video by searching for dinglefootdotcom and star scrapbook and you can follow the process step by step.

Another option is to make a full sized scrapbook that doubles as an album dedicated to yourself and your mom. You can feature pictures of the two of you from the time of your birth right up to the present day. Begin with the first picture you have of the two of you together; if you’re lucky you’ll have one taken just after you were born, then move through the album recording milestones. Most times, there are 9 two page spreads plus a title and an end page, so plan each one before you start, then it’s easier to get your scrapbook supply and embellishments for a project like this all at the same time.

Here are a few ideas for pages you can make:

•    Me as a newborn – a page dedicated to the day you were born but with more focus on your mom rather than yourself.
•    The Christening – a page featuring family, with details on who were present, the date, all from your mom’s perspective.
•    Family Gatherings. Lots of families have times they get together, sometimes for big occasions, sometimes not. Whether it’s Christmas, New Year or a golden or diamond wedding, be sure to add pictures and labels to show who was who, and write about your mothers role in the event, not yours.
•    Your parents significant anniversaries. Chronicle the anniversaries your mom has celebrated. Ten, twenty or thirty years. Include the best memories she’s had.
•    Your mothers significant birthdays. Did your Mom have a big party at 40, 50 or older? Is she regularly 21 again? Any birthday where you were together and have something to record is fair game. Don’t forget this is a scrapbook not a photograph album. Add invitations, programs, tickets etc. as well as pictures.
•    Family holidays. Maybe the last holiday when you were all together before you or your siblings left home.
•    Your graduation. A school or university graduation is usually an occasion for pictures with parents. What was your Mother wearing, where did she get it?
•    A previous Mothers Day
•    A wedding – yours or maybe your mothers!
•    Your mothers first grandchild (if she has any)

Mothers and daughters share a strong and special bond that grows even more when the daughters experience motherhood themselves. If you find it difficult to find words for the way you feel you can use rub one and stamped words to convey emotion, or take a look at quotegarden.com and search for ‘Mothers’.

Given how special a scrapbook can be, it takes time and effort to make, if you are just starting with your gift, perhaps plan for everything a full year ahead and go for variety; a single scrapbook page, framed so it can be hung on the wall as an artwork.  A combination of a simple picture and a whole album, these single page scrapbooks are excellent keepsakes and give you a chance to flex your creativity. Amazon has plenty of shadow box frames that you can use, and because it will be displayed in a deep frame and not a flat one, you can experiment on 3D embellishments.

For inspiration look at some of K and Company’s Grand Adhesions. These are relatively simply constructed using pads to raise some items of the page. Butterflies are easy to make 3D, one flat one duplicated cut out and added with just a dot of silicone and gently teased into shape. The same thing can be done with flowers, using something like the petal packs from Petaloo or, for a different approach the 20 blossom template from Hot Off The Press. Trace the flowers through the template onto scrapbooking paper, cut them out and assemble them.  Curl the petals for the 3D effect and add a little glitter, or even a gem or brad at the flower’s center. It’s all down to the paper you use, experiment with plain paper, patterns and of course vellum which gives a lovely delicate effect.

Shadow boxes are enjoyable to work with, and don’t take a long time do make, showcasing your work rather than keeping them hidden in an album.

Once you’ve completed your gift, don’t spoil the effect by forgetting to wrap it and if you really don’t have time for any of this, visit your Mom. She’d rather see you than a whole house full of scrapbooks.

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