Preserve Your Favorite Memories:
Scrapbooking for Seniors

Looking for a last-minute activity idea for older adults? Scrapbooking may be a good option. Scrapbooking is a fun, therapeutic activity that can help both you and your relative or friend create a memory book.

Scrapbooking is a great way to stay engaged, especially when you’re indoors. Whether you’re practicing physical distancing during the coronavirus or just avoiding bad weather, a senior scrapbook project is a fun activity to keep adults, families and grandchildren.

Creating a memory book can also reduce stress in older people because it allows them to share stories from their life in a creative way. The scrapbooking process can also trigger memories and delay memory loss for people with dementia or Alzheimer’s.

At the heart, scrapbooking is an excellent way to further bond with an older family member or friend. Scrapbooking with an older person can often be as touching of an experience for you as it is for them. You can even do it while connecting with family and friends virtually, sharing photos over email and video and discussing where to put them in your scrapbook.

Not sure how to get started on your family member or friend’s scrapbooking project? No worries, we’ve got you covered! Read our easy-to-follow tips on how to begin capturing memories with scrapbooking.

Memory Book Ideas: Getting Started with Memory Scrapbooks

The best memory scrapbooks commemorate a life or honor a legacy. That means your scrapbooking inspiration should come directly from your friend or relative, as well as your own memories with them. Start thinking about what you want to remember now and years into the future as you start commemorating old times and making new memories scrapbooking.

Begin by Getting Organized

Although creative projects can appear to be organized chaos at times, it’s good to have some organization while starting any project. You’ll want to begin by gathering your photos and putting them in chronological order. When you’re ready to start working, lay out all your materials and supplies so that you can easily access them when working.

If, at this point, you’ve realized that you don’t have enough scrapbooking materials, now is the time to make a trip to the craft store. If you’re new to scrapbooking, be forewarned, many craft and hobby stores have several aisles dedicated to scrapbooking supplies. It can be overwhelming at first, but soon enough you’ll be delighted by the various supplies of decorative scissors, stickers, embellishments, stamps and more. All of these are tools that will help you make amazing one-of-a-kind albums that will evoke “ahs” and “oohs” from your family and friends.

If you can’t go to the store, start looking for scrapbooking materials online. eCommerce websites like Amazon, as well as local and national craft store websites, make it easy to have scrapbooking materials delivered to your home or senior living community.

Interested in scrapbooking at a senior living community? Take a virtual tour of Homestead at Hamilton. Our community’s comfortable, open gathering spaces make it easy for residents to scrapbook with neighbors as well as visiting friends and family. For times when coming together isn’t realistic, we also provide high-speed internet connection so residents can connect virtually.

Choose a Theme

Following a few themes will make it much easier to complete a scrapbooking project, so we recommend choosing a handful based on major life events. If you have enough photos and mementos, you may even want to dedicate an entire album to one theme. One album can be used to document a wedding and another for coming of age. Your theme could be a relationship, as well. Friends scrapbooks and family scrapbooks are two of the best options. Other thematic ideas might include vacations, holidays, birthdays, hobbies and awards.

If you ordered scrapbooking supplies online, collecting photos and discussing a theme is a great activity to do while you’re waiting for your package to arrive. If you don’t live together, arrange a video conference with your relative or friend and discuss the memories they want to honor in their scrapbook. Focus on one of your chosen themes, then decide which paper you’ll use for the layout and what photos, memorabilia and embellishments you’d like to use on the page.

Create a Page Layout

Create a page layout by placing the items where you think they might look best on the scrapbook paper. If you’re working with an older family member or friend, give them the opportunity to make any last-minute adjustments in how they’d like the final arrangement to appear. Once everyone is pleased with the layout, begin gluing or taping the items into place. You can take a picture with your phone before gluing since you may need to move some items during the gluing process.

Share the Memories

Enjoy the experience of listening to your family member or friend share their memories when working on the scrapbook. Make the experience even more memorable by writing down the stories as they’re recalled or shared. Encourage and give them opportunities to share the completed project with others by taking them to a friend’s house, a senior center or another family member’s home.

Sharing a memory scrapbook is also another great reason to arrange a video conference with friends and family who don’t live nearby. You can get people together online and flip through your memory book on camera so even long-distance relatives and friends can enjoy the project.

Scrapbooking Inspiration and Information

Creating a memory book for an older adult, yourself, your kids or your friends is such a fun activity that many people make more than one. Since people love scrapbooking and get hooked once they get started, the internet is full of scrapbooking blogs about making memories scrapbooking, scrapbooking inspiration and the scrapbooking process. Let’s look at a few that will inspire you on your journey to preserve your memories.

Above Rubies Studio

With more than 400 videos and thousands of posts, you’re sure to find some creative gems in Above Rubies Studio. Their site is chock full of freebies and several popular how-to videos. The designers have various Pinterest boards where you’ll find lots of ideas to use in your albums. 

With a scrapbooking blog, classes, products and a gallery filled with ideas to assist you on your scrapbooking journey, is a great resource for anyone who wants to make memories scrapbooking. In the blog, features posts that are dedicated to their favorite layouts and give you a glimpse into what other scrapbookers are doing. Their Pinterest board provides lots of inspiration, as well.

Scrapbook Circle

The Scrapbook Circle, where several designers share their love of scrapbooking, is a great place to find new ideas. Be sure to check out their Pinterest boards, which have photos you can use for inspiration no matter what type of memory book theme you choose.

Maggie Holmes Design 

This blog is a visual delight. Maggie Holmes has combined her passion for recording memories and her love of photography. Her Pinterest board is a great place to check out design ideas.

We R Memory Keepers

We R Memory Keepers is a group of designers that offers a blog filled with ideas and a large shopping area filled with many great products. One of their best posts, covering the tab punch style, demonstrates a handy option for organizing many photos on one page. Their Pinterest board is filled with lots of inspirational pins.

Making Memories at Homestead at Hamilton

At Homestead at Hamilton, we know how important it is to make memories with friends and relatives. We also know it’s essential to stay engaged when you need to stay inside, whether you’re staying home because of current events like the coronavirus or because you enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle.

Anyone who lives at Homestead at Hamilton is sure to create lots of great memories that will fill a scrapbook. From our amenities and services to our programs and recreation, we help people achieve the retirement lifestyle they’ve earned. We offer scrapbooking and other activities for our residents, depending on their interests and what’s safe and healthy. If you have any questions, explore our senior living options or contact us for more information today!

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