Did your child graduate this year? Four years of high school seems to go by so fast. Wasn’t it just yesterday that are graduates started kindergarten? Now they’ll be headed off to college by fall. Don’t forget to preserve and document your child’s high school graduation memories with a 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 deserve a special place in any graduation album. Your student’s senior pictures are usually dominate the summer before his senior year. Choose your favorite pose and use that for the title page of your scrapbook album.
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.
Highlight any special awards or honors that your child is receiving at the graduation ceremony. Designed page layouts to highlight these accomplishments. You may want to include the original certificates or make copies.
If your child is giving a speech at the graduation ceremony, take some photographs of the graduate preparing and practicing the speech. Preserve his notes including any drafts and use them on a scrapbook page.
Check your local newspaper for coverage of the graduation ceremony. Include clips and articles for a scrapbook page. Make a copy of any congratulations announcements made in the newspaper. Because newspaper articles fade over time, it’s important to make copies to preserve them.
Graduation is full of photo opportunities. Think about the photos you want in your child’s graduation scrapbook, and make a list before the celebration starts. Pictures of the ceremony are important, but so are photos of your child with his friends, family and teachers.
Create a special scrapbook page for the graduation ceremony program. Save at least 2 copies of it so you can show both the front cover and the inside on a page layout.
Send a camera with your graduate to any graduation parties. Then you’ll have a lot of candid shots of your child with his friends. Try to exchange photos with his friends too. Sharing photos will give you a lot more options for your scrapbook graduation pages.
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.
The final closing page to the graduation scrapbook could be a photograph of him leaving for college. You might also choose to include a picture of his first day of kindergarten alongside a graduation picture.
It’s easy to create a graduation scrapbook. It will soon become a family heirloom. Keep it simple, and remember the most important thing is to document your graduate’s special day.