I’m sure at some point you have heard about or considered a theme for your album. Books come in all shapes and sizes, and are themed with so many different meanings.
I’m going to briefly outline a few popular themes for albums. I have several albums that I continue to work on regularly. I have a family album, this is one that I pass around when guests come over. It is displayed in a timeline fashion, starting from childhood to present.
I have albums for both of my kids that are in a timeline fashion. I do have baby books for them as well, but they are purchased and pre-printed. They aren’t start from scratch baby books. Each of my boys has a book that starts with an ultrasound picture of them and me writing to them of experiences we have shared. It is a very personal book that they will get to take with them when they leave the fort.
I have created albums for several family members, one for my mother in law from my boys. This is an album where I have introduced thoughts, feelings, experiences from their perspective. This album was purchased from Creative Memories to benefit the Alzheimer’s fund. The album itself is lavender and included a sticker of peony’s. I used this sticker as a guide to match the flower throughout the album with different colors that compliment my pictures and for journaling space.
There is one for their Uncle, whom they see often and we happen to have an abundance of pictures of. He loves to have an album to see the boys grow up and activities that they have participated in. This style is great for grandparents or family members that live out of state. This album is also in the perspective from the boys. Occasionally I will add more detailed story and include my name or use a different colored journaling pen. Album pages can be made separately and mailed to include in an album.
Then, I have family albums for my aunts, whom were parents to me. They aren’t quite grandparents, but act like them and share their love like grandparents. For them I created a very simple book of special events that we have shared together and just fun photos of the boys playing. They appreciate the journaling in these albums because it updates them on what was happening in our lives or often at events that we participated in together that they might have missed out on. We have a very large family and when 15-20 people are within the same house and enjoying different activities, it is often difficult to see everything.
Lastly, we have a book for my husband’s grandparents. They love to watch the kids grow. They live so far and we don’t get to see them very often. I update them sending pictures and stories. They keep them all throughout the year and then they send me their album to update and return. They love reliving the events that I have shared with them and having all of these memories in an album to view and share with their friends. This is in a timeline fashion with circles throughout on every page to highlight colors in the album and journal.
Yes, I put a lot of work into my albums. I love doing it though. You don’t have to be so ambitious. Many of these albums were made as gifts for birthdays or Christmas. At Christmas, I did struggle to have them completed and ready for their recipients. I feel so blessed to share these fond memories with people who will care about them. Memories do start to fade with time and momentos like these help preserve our family as we age. Hopefully well, like a fine wine.
Everyday: The everyday albums are what I consider the albums created with my children’s perspective. They take everyday events and plump them up to create an exciting experience to review with journaling that will inspire emotion. I love these albums because they mean a lot to other people. For example, in my brother in law’s album, I have a picture with him and my son Hunter unraveling a string of lights to prepare our Christmas tree. This time was hectic, having a 1 ½ year old running around trying to help, but it was also funny when looking back on the pictures to see how much fun he was truly having.
Timeline: My family album is a timeline album. For starters, we have started working on a timeline album, starting with most recent pictures. Once you get working and see how your pictures are starting to lay out on the pages, or how your pages sit together, you may start to see a theme come into play. Getting the pictures on the pages is most important, secondly, adding journaling and other embellishments as you choose. If you find that a theme is popping up already, feel free to start accenting your pages or pictures with this theme in mind. A simple theme, I call ours The Story of Us, because that is exactly what it is.
Baby Books: There are many pre-printed pages for baby albums on the market. Many people who are expecting start off purchasing these if they love the art of scrapbooking. It gives them motivation to get their precious babies pictures in an album. Or, these are great if you never worked on a fill in the blank type album with a few pictures here or there, yet have all of your children’s pictures and mementos.
Graduation: Graduation or high school books are very popular. There are a large group of women at the crops I attend monthly that are working on special books for their children who are graduating this summer. They have taken pictures from events at high school, either their entire four years or just their senior year and created special notes about the events and special words of wisdom coming from mom. These are great graduation presents, children love to see their parents are proud of them and to have their experiences documented.
Wedding Albums and Heritage Albums are also popular albums, however I consider these special projects and will go into more detail with these in another segment. I find that these utilize a different style of products and are a bit more costly because more photographs are taken, so you will need more supplies and to include memorabilia from events and older photographs, we need to utilize more mats to keep our non-acid free items from deteriorating.
Creating a theme for your album doesn’t have to happen right away. You can work on your album and see what comes of it. Much like writing a story, the title cane come to you in the middle of writing.