Orangeville, ON (James Doan) Everyone has photographs and bits and pieces of their lives that they would like to preserve. Scrapbooking is an excellent way to do this. You will not have to look far to pinpoint which parts of your life you would like to treasure in a scrapbook.

To begin scrapbooking, choose a theme or group of themes on which to base your material. There are many possibilities on which you could base your scrapbooks. A good rule of thumb is to scrapbook things which are of importance and have sentimental value to you.

Many people begin their scrapbooking by chronicling their wedding day. Use photos and small mementos such as invitations, guests lists, and dried flowers. Another excellent topic for a scrapbook would be an activity or club that a person cherishes. Sports and similar activities are great scrapbook ideas.

The birth of a child is a time that is precious to all parents. You can include baby shower photos and invitations, ultrasound pictures, ribbons and balloons. Incorporate any items of sentimental value into your scrapbook. Continue this theme with scrapbooks that follow the growth of your child.

Team photos, rosters, and team memorabilia create a record of these special times. Have teammates or club members ‘autograph’ your scrapbook beside team or individual photos.

Possible scrapbooking themes do not end with weddings or sports activities.

If you’re planning a surprise party, make the event unforgettable for the guest of honour. Create a scrapbook! Ask each guest to write a letter, or bring a copy of a photograph that will have special meaning to the guest of honor. This will become a treasured memento of the day. Don’t forget to ask someone to be the “designated photographer”. Or buy several disposable cameras and let guests take pictures during the party. Add these to the scrapbook later.

Family reunions and activities are fantastic themes for scrapbooks. Bringing your scrapbooks to each year’s reunion will spark fond memories. Create a scrapbook to give to the family member who brings the oldest family photo. Make one a prize for the oldest or youngest family member present.

There are many scrapbooking ideas based on various aspects of your life. Office parties, job promotions, and starting your own business are fun scrapbooking concepts.

Work related scrapbooks give you an opportunity to introduce a bit of light-heartedness. Caricatures of staff members, business cards, photos, and quotes from coworkers are excellent ideas.

The possible themes for scrapbooks based on your life are almost endless. Base them on the people and activities that are important in your life. Over time, your scrapbooks can become an important tradition to you and your family. Scrapbooks can create quality time spent with your friends and family. Everyone can reminisce about the precious moments in their lives.