Halloween, a magical night that you can dress up and pretend to be anyone or anything you want. Isn’t that what Halloween is all about? Oh, and of course candy!
Deciding what you want to be is the hard part. Then it is time to get creative and make the costume. My boys came up with some great ideas. When they got older they even made their own costumes. It is fun to see the different superheroes and goblins they have been over the years. To make it easier to reminisce of past Halloween endeavors, I made an album that is filled with photos of our family’s costumes. It starts at the first Halloween party that my husband and I went to as Adam and Eve. Each year I add a photo of that year’s creative costume. Now is the time to get out the sewing machine and get busy on deciding your next thrilling one night adventure. What Halloween costume have you made?
Some of my scrapbook albums by year.
WARNING: What you are about to read can be very contagious and addictive! I heart scrapbooking! I caught this bug several years ago. It can only be cured by placing your memories in albums and leafing through them at later times to enjoy. Because I take pleasure in this pastime, I figured that one day my kids might want their own scrapbooks to enjoy.
I have an album for each calendar year, the date is embossed on the spine of each scrapbook, these are my albums. I also have an album for each child. When making copies of photos I make an extra copy of a few photos throughout the year that I would like to put in that child’s album. For example: to record a birthday party, I may take five pages to document the event. But in the child’s album, I only put three or four photos from the big day. This let’s each of my kids have a scrapbook that is strictly theirs. They can write in, look through, touch, explore, and one day take it with them to remember their childhood. I let them decorate their album with stickers and write what they want to. This also gives a history of my child’s handwriting and creativity at each stage of their life. (They don’t write in my album.)
It isn’t always easy to keep these albums up-to-date but I try. When there is a snow day, an unplanned free day, or a day when I just need to get away, I retreat to my albums. When working on them, I get a chance to reminisce and reflect on what a great family God has blessed me with. Good luck on this infectious disease.
Do you scrapbook? How do you document each year?