We’re making a 2010 scrapbook.
For our family, I personalized some pages to include: Current Events (2 pages), Major Happenings in 2010 (2 pages) , a page with a sticker frame for our NYE picture (see below forour 2009 pic), A general info. page for each child including grade, age, favorite food and favorite memory from 2010, A page for each boy to draw a self-portrait, a page for each child to trace their hand. Add a few extra blank pages at the back of the book for miscellaneous pictures or verbage (trust me, you’ll use them).
Once every page is cut down to size, I give the boys their pages to finish for me.
They love feeling like they are contributing to something larger.
Asking them about favorite memories has been their favorite part so far. They loved thinking back over the year and picking what they wanted to draw. It was amazing, as a parent, to see what they remembered in their drawing.
I would really recommend either including a picture of your child(ren) or tracing their hands.
Physical size changes so much over a year!
If you’re making this in advance, you won’t have everything done before you put it all together.
This is especially true if you’re waiting to develop some pictures.
You can put an unfinished book together!
I found some old scrapbook paper and let the boys pick out what they wanted the covers to look like. They chose some pretty heavy card stock, so I didn’t reinforce it. If you choose some thin paper, just reinforce it by gluing it to card-stock.
Then, line everything up and punch in two holes through the entire stack.
This is when I sent the boys outside in search of “the perfect stick.” It was great. They searched and searched the ground and low hanging branches. It bought me about 25 minutes of very quiet time in the house.
Thank you, perfect stick!
Then, I threaded a rubber band through the holes and secured it by slipping the stick through the holes.
We made a cover illustration with the year on it and glued it to the cover page.
Here is our finished product:
Happy New Year!