Monday, November 16, 2009

November's 2nd Saturday Recap

This month's challenge is Scrapbooking your Traditions. The word "tradition" is used three ways in the English language:
1. Beliefs or customs taught by one generation to the next, ie. birth announcements and thank you cards.
2. A set of customs or practices, ie. Halloween and Christmas.
3. Religious practices, ie. Baby blessings, baptisms, marriages.

So how do you figure out your individual traditions?
1. Go through your calendar over the last year and think about what activities your family does every Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.
2. Look in your daily planner and consider what routines your family has each month, week, or day.
3. Does your extended family do something special to celebrate holidays, birthdays, weddings, new babies, or other important events?
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Connecting through family traditions is so important for you, your children, and so forth. One of the best ways to pass on traditions is to scrapbook them so that future generations will have a clear picture of your traditions.

You cannot relive the past but you can scrapbook your memories of the past. Get your family talking and bring back memories from yester year. The internet is a great place to find pictures of some of the things that may have been a tradition in your family growing up. You can print off these photos and add them to your story and it will be amazing how it effects your emotions.

Holidays are a time when traditions are held closely and sentiment is dear. (


Here are a few layout ideas for scrapbooking traditions:

This layout is heavy with journaling about childhood memories of camping every summer. Since Stephanie didn't have any photos from those times, she took a picture of the old pickup they camped in and used that as the focal point of her story.

Here's another example of scrapbooking without a lot of "real"photos. Stephanie found images on the internet that represented some random childhood traditions and mixed them with journaling tidbits and an actual photograph of her grandmother.

Many of us have family reunions each year. Not only is it fun to document the people who attended, but also the games and traditions that are carried out there.

As the holidays approach, it's fun to think about the things we do each year to celebrate. Here's a simple layout about a traditional fall ritual...pumpkin decorating!

If you haven't already, why not start a tradition as a scrapbooker to document the things you are grateful for each year. Thanksgiving is the perfect time of year to reflect on all of our blessings.

Besides creating layouts about the holiday festivities, why not dedicate a page to how you decorate your home? It will be fun to look at years down the road and see how things have changed.


Don't forget to join us on Saturday, December 12th at 8:00 a.m.

December's theme is "A Wish That Came True".

Why do we need to remember wishes do come true? We need to remember so that we can appreciate even the small things that happen for you!

Scrapbook about a wish that came true. What was the wish? How long did it take for the wish to come true. Scrapbooking these memories is a way of celebrating the blessings in your life.

I look forward to seeing you on 2nd Saturday and discussing the elements that help to make a wish page come a live.

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