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Mother’s Day Photo Album Scrapbook

As I mentioned yesterday, I was invited by Michaels to join the Make Every Moment Count Blogger Challenge to create a scrapbook project for displaying memories. I also talked about how this would be a perfect gift to give my mom for Mother’s Day, since she doesn’t use a computer and never gets to see all the stories or photos of her grandchildren that I post on my blog or Facebook.

Take a look at how it turned out!

The cover is one of my favorite parts. It’s like getting a bouquet of flowers that she’ll be able to enjoy over and over.

Here are some spreads and detail shots:

All of these photos come from posts I shared here on Paperseed, so I also printed out the writing that went with them. That way, my mom knows where we were or what we were doing at the time.

Originally, I was hoping to find a ready-made album in which I could just insert pages. Nothing was quite what I wanted, so I ended up making one from scratch using cover stock and two paper fasteners. You can see them in the photos below:

I love the flexibility of paper fasteners, because it lets you add or delete pages whenever you want, but doesn’t add bulk like ring binders do. It takes some scoring and folding to have everything line up properly, but when its done it has a very clean, streamlined appearance. Here’s a view of the bound edge:

Anyway, I’m off to the post office in a few minutes to get this sent priority mail to the opposite coast. My hope is that Mom will feel like she’s getting a big surprise hug worth of memories and joy in this little book. I don’t tell her often enough how much she means to me. It’s nice to have a yearly reminder to tell her so.

 

Need some tutorials or inspiration for your own scrapbooking project? Michaels has a list of videos and a lookbook here .


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Make Every Moment Count Blogger Challenge

Photos for Scrapbooking

Did you know May is National Scrapbook Month? I’ve been invited by Michaels to join the Make Every Moment Count Blogger Challenge to create a scrapbook project for displaying memories. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I thought this would be the perfect time.

You see, my mom and I live on opposite sides of the country. With the cost of flights and school schedules and the logistics of traveling with two small kids, we don’t get to see her very often. Also, heartbreakingly, she has recently undergone difficult months of chemotherapy and side effects. From here, all I can really do is call her up, or send her a care package to show we’re thinking of her. I have been meaning to send photos of the kids for ages. She doesn’t have a computer, so she doesn’t get to keep up with all the photos and stories of the kids I post here or on Facebook. A scrapbook would be an ideal Mother’s Day gift for her, don’t you think?

scrapbooking page supplies

scrapbooking page supplies and stickers

Here’s a look at some of the beautiful goodies I purchased with my Michaels gift certificate. I better get on it, though. I need to get it in the mail tomorrow if I want it to arrive in time!

Need some tutorials or inspiration for your own scrapbooking project? Michaels has a list of videos and a lookbook here .

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