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Scrapbooks for your Graduation Party

Scrapbooks are a great way to display photos at your graduation party. They’re beautiful keepsakes and people love looking through them. But they take time to create and they can be a lot of work. On the other hand, they’re a labor of love and will last forever. If you get started early enough you can create one or more scrapbooks with minimal stress.

This is definitely not the time to take all the photos you have stuffed in shoe boxes and closets and scrapbook them all. Start small. Start with a theme or two. Here are some categories or themes to consider:

  • School Scrapbook. Have a page for each grade including pre-school. Include your child’s school picture, their class picture and a couple of random shots if you have some. Just have a school photo or a class photo?  That’s okay. Include the one photo and decorate the page with other things like classwork, artwork or age appropriate stickers.
  • Sports, Team or Club Scrapbook. Have a page for each year of sports, teams or clubs your child was on. Include individual pictures, team or club pictures, and some casual photos if you have them. Include medals, awards and newspaper clippings.
  • High School or College Scrapbook. Create a scrapbook of memories from High School or College. Freshman year, friends, events, prom, graduation celebrations, parties, etc.
  • “Friends” Scrapbook. Create a scrapbook filled with pictures of friends your grad has made throughout his or her school years. Include class and team photos if you have them.
  • “Family” Scrapbook. Create a scrapbook filled with family photos. Focus on your grad and select pictures that include them. Organize the scrapbook chronologically starting with your grad as a baby and follow through until graduation.
Scrapbook Example

Scrapbook Example

Before beginning your scrapbook, collect all the stuff you have – pictures, newspaper clippings, awards, letters, etc. Once you have everything collected, organize it in the categories above (or something similar). Once organized you’ll have a much better idea of which scrapbook(s) you would like to do. There’s nothing worse than starting a scrapbook with a particular theme only to find you don’t have enough photos to do what you want. For example, once you’ve collected and organized your photos you may find you don’t have as many school or team pictures as you thought or as many friend photos as you thought. So maybe it would be better to make one scrapbook of school and friends combined.

Once you have your materials (photos, newspaper clippings, etc.) organized into categories then sort them chronologically. Your scrapbook will flow better if it starts with the early years and flows to the current years. However, if you prefer a more “random” layout with older and younger pictures mixed together that’s okay too. The important thing is to plan what you want to do before you start cutting and glueing.

Next, decide the overall look of your scrapbook. Do you want to use the same colors throughout or do you want each page to look different? The choices are endless and there is no right or wrong answer. You just need to decide what you and your grad like. Some people like “organized” scrapbooks with one color theme and a similar page layout throughout. Some people like randomness and a different look for each page.

Many people get overwhelmed at this point. If you’re not the creative or artsy type or if you’ve never scrapbooked before it can be difficult. Finding an example of what you like is a great start. There are also scrapbook “page packs” that contain coordinating paper and embellishments. You just need to supply the photos and put everything together. You may be able to find these at your local scrapbooking store.

Or you can buy and use individual sheets of paper, themed paper, embellishments, etc. Graduation Party has a small selection of graduation-themed scrapbook paper. Just click here to see what they have to offer.

PhotoBooks and Online Scrapbooks

If most of your photos are digital and/or if you enjoy using a computer, consider creating your scrapbook digitally or online. Many online photo labs offer online photo books that are extremely easy to create. Go to GraduationParty.com’s Photo Books webpage to see a few different options. In most cases you simply upload your photos, select the book you want to make, and add your photos.

When deciding on a photo book there are many different styles, options and formats to choose from. One great feature with online or digital scrapbooks or photobooks is that you can easily create multiple copies. Keep one for yourself and give one to your grad.

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