Many surveys have been done about priorities in a busy woman’s life. One survey I created for my blog was to find out why people scrapbook. The results weren’t surprising. Whether it’s a creative outlet, girl time, or preserving pictures, there was one overwhelming reason people picked up the hobby and craft of scrapbooking. Have any ideas about what it is? Look no further…it’s leaving a legacy.
As moms, wives, daughters, sisters, friends, and more, we want to leave a mark…a positive and indelible mark on this world. We want to know that what we do, say, and who we are matters in the long run, not just today. We want a way to be remembered. Scrapbooking is often the easiest and most practical solution. It doesn’t matter whether our legacy is preserved on digital photos and albums or traditional photo albums and scrapbooks. Whatever works for you is the right and best way.
I’d like to offer one suggestion for how you can create a legacy for yourself or someone else: create a tribute album. Maybe you’ve seen a tribute album or read about it in my book, Real Women Scrap. Tribute albums are an amazing way to recognize the value and worth of another individual. You can create the album on your own or elicit the help of others who know and love the same person.
For example, I created a tribute album for my grandmother’s 90th birthday, but I didn’t complete it alone. I added the photos, created the layouts, and embellishments. But I saved the journaling for everyone to help with. At the birthday celebration, everyone had their own page and photo to personalize with a special message to my grandma. Not only did that make it easier for me, but it made it more meaningful for everyone involved, especially the recipient. I’m sure you can think of at least one person who could use a pick-me-up like that right now. Why not think about pulling something together.
Here’s how to start:
1. Pictures. It’s time to find some great photos. Even if they are old, faded, 70′s images, get them out. If they’re sitting in your camera, use one of the many online sites to order them. Just get them ready to create your album.
2. Simplify. Do not overdo it on embellishments or extras. Tribute albums are about the person you’re honoring, not about the stuff that you can buy to beautify the page.
3. Plan. Create a theme or color scheme for your album. Whether it’s an entire album in a kit that you purchase from the local scrapbook store, or some leftover supplies from your last venture into scrapbooking, find something that fits well together and keep it together. You don’t have to get excessive or spend a lot of money. With a simple plan, you can save time and money.
4. Create. Schedule a time to put together your page. Start with the background paper and photos, then move to the embellishments and title. Leave blank journaling blocks for others (or you) to add your thoughts and memories. Do not skip the journaling…this is vital to leaving a legacy.
That’s really all there is to it. Are you ready? The results will be worth any extra effort or energy you expend. Remember that leaving a legacy is something we all desire and want to produce. Why not help start someone along the path with a gentle nudge and a beautiful gift of a tribute album.
Until next time, live creative and keep it simple.