I am ALL about D.I.Y. gifts. Something crafted from your own hands has a different meaning and beauty to it than just a store bought gift. So with that in mind, I decided to make Taylor a small scrapbook as part of his Christmas present this year.
This is a good idea for several reasons.
- It’s nice for traveling. This was the main reason I want to make Taylor one. I wanted him to have something to bring with him when he can’t have a phone or a computer. Then your SO has something handmade that features photos and memorabilia. It’s like taking a piece of home and a piece of you with him.
- Making a scrapbook can be as expensive or inexpensive as you’d like it to be. It can be as fancy or as simple as you’d like it to be.
- “The gift that keeps on giving” is a phrase that can be applicable here. You can make this scrapbook a one time thing or you can keep making more pages for future holiday occasions as part of their present.
- This isn’t only a good idea for military SO’s. It can be a good Christmas present for any relationship or for a family member or friend. Tailor it to whomever you’d like to give it to.
So here’s a step-by-step on how I made mine.
- Buy a book.
This is the most important step and it should be the first step because then you can start figuring out paper sizes and picture sizes. I bought my book from Hobby Lobby for about 15 dollars. However, most craft stores carry scrapbooks so spend some time looking around. While I was looking I even found some with anchors on it or some with their camo colors. I chose to do a plain black one that is about 8.5″ by 11″ because I figured it would hide dirt easily.
*Note: Be mindful of the size! Your SO might take this with them on their travels so keep it fairly small. Carrying around a huge book that’s the size of their desktop computer and weighs 5 pounds isn’t very convenient. Less is definitely more.
2. Choose pictures
Now begins the fun. I sat down and made a list of page themes I wanted to have (Thanksgiving, my birthday, his birthday, when he graduated boot, etc.) then I went through the pictures we took together and saved the ones that fit those themes.
Since I’m a photography minor in school, I have access to printers for free so I used those. But Walgreens and Walmart also have printing services that are fairly cheap. Be mindful about the sizing of the photos! It’s helpful to plan out your pages and their layouts a little bit before spending money to print the pictures.
3. Buying supplies
Since the pages are planned out a little bit, you already have an idea of what to look for when going to buy paper, stickers and other supplies. Get creative and have fun with this part!
*Note:Look at Pintrest for cute scrapbooks and for page ideas. Also, some companies make pre-made pages so all you have to do is paste on the pictures!
After buying the supplies, you are ready to start putting it together.
4. Extra ideas
-Include notes in your book about what you thought about that particular day, what happened or what you were thinking or feeling.
-Include momentos like movie tickets, wristbands, things your kids made, etc.