Scrapbooking Yourself as a Girl, Youth and Your College DaysWritten by Fion Lim
Now that you grasp importance of scrapbooking yourself and see how it can add value to your life, you've decided to go ahead and do it.
The next question would be, "What's there to scrapbook about me? I don't have a fabulous or most interesting life like Rosanne. I didn't live my life as a grand adventure like Judy."
If you really didn't, then by all means scrapbook your life as one big adventure.
It's a matter of looking for interesting angles under all trapped layers of self-inhibiting thoughts.
There's in fact too many themes you can scrapbook about yourself to cover in one short article like this.
So for starters, here's some tips and prompts as you scrapbook about your long ago memories as a sweet, young girl or a quiet, bookish and most serious student.
Let's go right into it!
Days as a Little Girl
"There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, air softer, and morning more fragrant than ever again."
- Elizabeth Lawrence
You may have vivid recollections of your days as a young girl. Or you may just have leftover bits and pieces of vague memories of those days.
Nevertheless, it's an important part of your growing up phase and it's foundation you built upon as you grew into adult you are today.
So spend an afternoon or a day recalling your most lingering memories of that bygone era...What's your most memorable experience as a girl?Who were your role modes, heroes, mentors or favorite persons? Why?What were your dreams then? Did any of your dreams come true for you? What's best advice or words of wisdom someone gifted to you?What were you most proud of? Was it because of a person, thing or event?What's your favorite memories of yourself as a girl? What's your outstanding traits that others remember you for?Did you overcome any troubling or awkward habits? How did you get rid of them? How about embarrassing then but funny now moments?Did you wish that you could transform into an adult overnight? What made you want to turn into an adult so quickly?What's your favorite or best subjects at school? Did your interest make you excel in that particular subject? What's your hobbies? How far did you go with your hobby? Did you carry on with them into adulthood? What’s fads of your time? What's your type of music, movies, books, etc? Did you save really hard for something that you truly wanted then? Did you finally manage to get what you wanted?Were you a vivacious leader or were you contented being a loyal follower? Was being in a group or team extremely important to you? Why? Did you ever experience puppy love? What happened to this love? What's your views on topic of love then?How's your parents' marriage? How did their relationship color way you handle your own relationships now?
Beauty of Youth and College Days
"Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of will, quality of imagination, vigor of emotions; it is freshness of deep springs of life."
- Samuel Ullman
Heriatge Scrapbook Album ThemesWritten by Your Family Legacy
Creating heritage scrapbook albums, or telling your family story, can seem impossible. Often difficulty may be in thinking that you have to start at beginning, and methodically tell whole chronology of your family. Instead, try thinking of your heritage from a theme standpoint. You can create many albums, with each centered around a specific theme as it pertains to your family. What do we mean by themes? Here are some examples.
Military: Create a tribute album of all men & women in your family who served in armed forces. This can be especially moving if you have ancestors who served in early wars and family who have served in recent times. Tell a brief history of their military career with copies of service records and photos. Of great interest would be tidbits from regimental or unit histories. If available, be sure to include recollections or stories about their service. Grandpa always told about his dad living off of sweet potatoes in farm fields during Civil War. This will personalize individual to all who see your album.
Family Recipes: How many great recipes are in your family? How many have been handed down? Preserve these wonderful dishes from past and present in a special recipe album. Besides actual recipe, things you can also include are a picture of dish and person attributed with it, any traditions associated with recipe, and peoples favorite memories surrounding it. Just as important though, be sure to leave room for your descendants to add their future favorites.
Occupations: Create an album of many ways your ancestors earned their living. What were their occupations? How did events of day impact them in their work? Include their picture and any memorabilia or documents. Try to describe a typical day for them based on history of time, for example, what did a shoemaker, like my 2nd great grandfather, do. If your family has a business that has been around for more than one generation, this would be a wonderful history to have.