A Child's Scrapbook: Items for Inclusion A Child's Scrapbook: Items for Inclusion

When visiting the scrapbook store you will doubtlessly find aisles of decorative papers, assorted stickers, stencils, frames and an array of ornamental features to make your book both fun and attractive. However, scrapbooks are items of historical personal relevance too. There are many items around the home that could be included in a scrapbook besides the usual faire of pictures and decorative features. The following article discusses great inclusions for a child’s scrapbook.

School takes up so much of a child’s life so it is only natural that part of a child’s scrapbook be dedicated to it. Report cards—even the bad ones become a part of a child’s history. Create a special pocket in your scrapbook to hold report cards or create a frame to show a great one. Other items to include from school could include a lunch menu from the school’s cafeteria, notes from the teacher or friends, certificates denoting special achievements, a few examples of your child’s penmanship and artwork at a certain age, class photos, invitations from friends, cutouts from your child’s favorite folder, photocopies of covers from your child’s favorite books, etc…

Birth certificates and birth announcements are nice additions for a child’s scrapbook. Keeping several copies of a birth certificate is a good idea, but you’ll always remember where to find one of you keep a copy in a special scrapbook. Curls of baby hair and a specially created pocket to hold a few baby teeth may be nice to include in your child’s scrapbook. Don’t neglect including items that may seem mundane to you now like infant feeding schedules, doctor’s notes, birthday and holiday greeting cards, receipts for baby supplies, even medical bills related to your infant’s birth could be included. Also, while your scrapbook will naturally contain plenty of your child’s pictures, try to include pictures of your child’s bedroom, your home, favorite toys, the backyard, family pets and beloved family members and friends.

While scrapbooks are essentially books for personal relevance, it may provide interest to place the individual items for memory in an historical context. For example, include a listing of the best-selling books for the week of your child’s birth. Also, include major news headlines from their childhood. If they are interested in a particular subject like dinosaurs, baseball or movies than be sure to include text and pictures devoted to these items as well. In fact, anything you can include that demonstrates what your child shows interest in will be worth documenting for enjoyment in years to come.

Finally, include items from yourself. These nostalgic offerings will grow in significance and meaning as years go by. Little notes from you about punishments, funny occurrences, short anecdotes really speak to the adult your child will become. This correspondence will no doubt become priceless to them when they have children of their own. The more items you can include the more your scrapbook will be come a treasured heirloom in the future. Other items to consider including may be the back-pockets of your child’s favorite jeans, home-made valentines they gave you, ribbons worn in hair, shoelaces from outgrown tennis shoes, poems you shared together, dried flowers from bouquets they gave you, and even the labels from jars of baby food to let them know what they ate as a wee babe. Be creative, thoughtful and scour the drawers around your home. You’re sure to create something memorable and unique.

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