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Graduation scrapbook: Tips for a High School Scrapbook Album

Sep 11, 2008
Does it seem like only yesterday that your child started kindergarten? Now he's graduating from high school and will soon start college in the fall. It's important to document your child's high school years in a special graduation scrapbook.

Even if you already have a school scrapbook album for your child, the high school years can fill an entire album. You don't need to use a large album unless you want to include professional senior portraits. Otherwise, you can use a smaller format album.

Senior pictures are usually taken the summer before a student's senior year. Still, they deserve a page in a graduation album. Use your favorite pose or the one used in the high school yearbook for your graduation scrapbook's title page.

There's so much to include in a graduation scrapbook. Reserve one copy of your child's graduation announcement and showcase it on a page. Following that page, include cards and letters from family and friends, especially ones with graduation advice. You might even include a letter from you with a personal message to the graduate. Write your hopes and dreams for their future along with advice you wish you would have been given on graduation day.

If your child is receiving a special award or honor at the graduation ceremony, be sure to design a page to highlight this accomplishment. Once the graduation is over, either include the original certificate in the album or make a copy.

Is your child giving a speech at the graduation ceremony? Take some pictures of your child preparing and practicing for the speech. Save his notes, including drafts, and use them on a page layout.

Did your local newspaper cover the graduation ceremony? Make copies of these articles for the scrapbook. Newspaper fades quickly. So you want to make photocopies. If you placed in a congratulations announcement in the paper, include this as well.

Before the celebration even starts, make a list of the photo opportunities you don't want to miss. Photographs of your graduate with family, teachers and friends are as important as pictures of the actual ceremony.

Mementos of high school graduates should include the program from the graduation ceremony. Try to preserve more than one copy to use on a graduation scrapbook page to show both the cover and the inside as much as possible.

Candid shots are a fun way to document graduation parties. Send a camera with your child when he attends graduation celebrations. Plan to exchange photographs with your child's friends as well. That way you'll have plenty of candid photos to choose from for your graduation album.

You may want to include a copy of your graduate's final report card or grade transcripts. A nice complement to this would be a copy of the acceptance letter to the college he plans to attend.

As a final closing page to a graduation scrapbook, design a page around a photo of him leaving for college. You might also choose to close the scrapbook with two photos that show how he has grown. Place a picture of his first day of kindergarten next to a graduation picture.

A graduation scrapbook will become a family heirloom. You don't need to make it complicated. The most important part of a graduation scrapbook is to preserve and document your graduate's special day.
About the Author
Christine Perry invites you to her website, http://www.intoscrapbooking.com for more scrapbooking tips and information on scrapbooking theme paper .
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