Few activities are as ideally suited to fellowship as scrapbooking. The craft provides opportunity for sharing supplies, tips and creative ideas and it’s also a time to catch up on what is going on with families, work … everything. As they work, scrapbookers swap stories, share memories and confide in one-another about their dreams. Most of all, it’s a good time to share a love for one-another in Christ.
Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous. —1 Peter 3:8, KJV
It’s definitely an art form, as there are no set rules to scrapbooking – it’s a unique experience each time. Only you can tell the story from your perspective. A mother and daughter can start out with the same set of pictures from a bridal shower, for example, but the end products will be unique – a glimpse of the event through the eyes of each beholder.
Whether compiling a book of memories, commemorating a new addition to the family or journaling recent travels, scrapbooking is a good way to relax and get the creative juices flowing. Avid scrapbookers describe the craft as a form of journaling; preserving memories in a creative and meaningful way, rather than sticking photos into an album or sharing them on social media.
Scrapbooking is a popular women’s fellowship activity, shared in a peaceful setting over refreshments and fellowship with friends, scrapbooking sessions often begin with a short devotion.
And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. —Acts 4:32, KJV
Recording memories in this creative way is an excellent family activity. Children love hearing favorite stories over and over again, and what better story to tell than their own? Scrapbooking together as a family helps remember special events, recording events right along with unique perspective into each event, especially when each family member creates unique pages or even entire memory books from that special vacation or birthday party celebration.
If scrapbooking is your passion, start sharing it early with your children. Teach them to include family members in their scrapbooks, to organize photos and keepsakes in a memorable and meaningful way. Help them come up with captions for photos and headings for pages. Make a family outing out of going to the craft store to choose scrapbooking supplies.
Individual events may merit their own scrapbooks, although some of the family favorites are likely to be the ones that are added onto each year. Each year you’ll marvel as a family at how much a child has grown from one Christmas to the next. You’ll enjoy reminiscing as you page back through the years, cherishing those things that never seem to change and embracing the things that seem to keep changing.
Scrapbooks are works of art; treasures to pass down from one generation to the next. These photo-journals offer glimpses into our lives, reflections of our feelings and point of view. They tell a story — our own — from our own perspective or that of our children.
Working on a scrapbook with your family is a gift to them — and to you — of time, love and attention. It’s the perfect activity for sharing beliefs, telling stories that reflect your values and principles. Incorporate scripture into your scrapbook to provide encouragement now, and every time you or your family members page through the scrapbook.
Examples of verses you could use on a scrapbook page as an ongoing scripture lesson about a new baby joining the family:
New Baby: When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet. —Proverbs 3:24, KJV
Child’s Blessing: The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. —Numbers 6:24-26, KJV