How to Scrapbook About Meaningful Events and Occasions

Let’s go back to basics and talk about how to scrapbook for meaningful events or occasions. This article is targeted mainly at beginner scrapbookers, but veterans might be able to pick up a few hints and tips as well. It is fairly common for beginner scrappers to get stuck during the entire process of scrapbooking for an important event or occasion, mainly because there is so much to do and a lot of information to digest. So this article will try to separate the most important elements that goes into the scrapbooking process and how these can be resolved one by one.

When you want to learn how to scrapbook about an event or occasion, it can be helpful to take a step back and consider the type of events you usually love to scrap about. Do you have a preference for family events like weddings, birthdays, or anniversaries? Or maybe you’re the do-it-all type who just loves to create scrapbooks for any kind of occasion, like Christmas, Thanksgiving, graduations, vacations, and sports activities? As an avid scrapbooker, you will find many events and occasions to create a scrapbook about as the months and years go by. Oftentimes though, you will find that the most meaningful events are the most difficult ones to scrap about.

The first thing you should really do is to plan about the event and how you can scrap about it, weeks or even months before it actually happens. If you have ever started working on a project without pre-planning of some kind, you will know just how difficult and overwhelming it can be. When a meaningful event is coming up, you’d better start making plans for what you want to do in terms of scrapbooking about it.

Make a list of what equipment or supplies you need to document the event. Most often, a camera is top priority, but just having a camera is not enough. You still need to think about the kind of photographs you will take, your location for the shots, and maybe taking along an assistant for those times when you need to hand over the camera to someone else. If it’s a family event, you will have to join in on the activities from time to time, which will limit your capability to take pictures. Having someone to take over for you in those instances will be a big help.

A notebook is also a top-notch choice to bring along. Most often, there will be lots of people saying stuff that deserve to be in your scrapbook journaling. It can be a few lines from a speech or a toast, or maybe some jokes that deserve to be told over and over again. Of course, you will definitely need a notebook to jot down names, dates, addresses, and other important details about the event that you may need later on.

Of course, don’t forget about the memorabilia. Ticket stubs to places or events, bus or airplane tickets, flyers, menus, torn pages from a newspaper or magazine, bottle caps, hats, food wrappers — everything can be relevant to the event and your scrapbooking, depending on how you see it. These items can add a lot of personality and meaning to your scrapbook pages, and they are able to evoke memories of those important events and occasions years after they occurred.

Okay, now that the event is over and you have lots of photographs taken, it’s time to sort them out. You can either print them all out and lay them in front of you on the table, but I will assume that you have a digital camera, so your photographs will also be in digital format that can be viewed on a computer monitor. If this is the case, then it would be extremely practical to sort them out first on your computer, and then printing out the pictures that you really like. You will save a lot of money this way.

Look at the photographs you’ve taken of the event. Try to clear your mind and see which pictures jumps out at you. Which pictures contribute more to the story of the event? Which photos are able to convey the strongest message or evoke memories? These are the photographs you want to keep. If you have a lot of photographs from a single event, you can also separate them into categories, like pictures of friends or family members, pictures taken during games, etc. You may find a few photos that really stand out from the group, so these photos can very well be your main subjects for your album later on.

Another huge problem for beginners is the journaling aspect of scrapbooking. Even if the event you are scrapping about is meaningful to you, journaling about it can be difficult. There is a lot of pressure on ourselves to produce meaningful, heartfelt lines that go hand in hand beautifully with the gorgeous photos and layouts that you have created. In this case, I often find that thinking about the event in different terms can help ease the pressure.

Instead of purely focusing on the emotions (which can bring on feelings of urgency and tension), try to think about the fun, the enjoyment, and what has been accomplished on that day. Think about the people who were there and what they did. Take a look at your photographs from the event and try to analyze the messages that those photos are trying to convey. What are the stories that you most remember about the event or occasion? Gather those thoughts, jot them down if necessary, and then journal away. You will produce only a few sentences or a couple of paragraphs, depending on your writing style. Don’t worry about it and just go with the flow.

Those are the most basic yet highly important elements of scrapbooking about meaningful events and occasions that I can share with you. Of course, as you go along and continue to scrap about more events later on, you will learn more techniques that will help you create better-looking and more meaningful scrapbooks.