Creating Thanksgiving Scrapbook Pages

If you're getting ready to make your Thanksgiving scrapbook... good for you! You're way ahead of the game. I usually find myself frantically trying to assemble it a few days before Christmas! But last year, I decided to get ahead of the game, and I actually planned my scrapbook layouts before the holiday itself.

It might sound silly to plan a Thanksgiving scrapbook before Thanksgiving. After all, most of us rely on pictures to guide us when we're making decisions. But if you have the time and energy, planning scrapbook layouts in advance can be a real time saver.

Tips for your advance planning Thanksgiving scrapbook

There are a couple advantages to planning scrapbook pages in advance. First of all, it gives you an idea of what sort of shots you're looking for so that you can keep your eyes peeled for that picture perfect moment (no pun intended!). Of course, there's something to be said for spontaneity too, so don't plan your scrapbook layouts so thoroughly that there's no room for deviation.

Here are the steps I follow for planning my Thanksgiving scrapbook.

1. Go online to look for scrapbook page ideas. A quick google image search of Thanksgiving scrapbook pages will turn up thousands of ideas. Look through them and create a collection of ideas that inspire you.

2. Choose a scrapbook theme. It can be very general (like turkeys or baby's first thanksgiving) or quite specific (moments of togetherness, dessert, etc.). Whatever you choose, start thinking about scrapbook pages that fit your theme.

3. Do a rough sketch of your scrapbook pages and start thinking about what sorts of pictures you like. If you really want a close up shot of your two year old, for example, then you should be on the lookout for opportunities to get that shot.

4. Start to gather materials you might need. For example, one year I did a turkey theme and I really wanted some feathers to use as embellishment. At a craft sale a week before Thanksgiving, I found a big bag of feathers for a dollar. It was fate!

5. Be ready to throw the whole thing out the window. I know you spent time and effort planning, but part of the joy of scrapbooking comes when the perfect picture suggests the perfect layout. Don't panic -- you're sure to use your plans sometime in the future.

People might look at you like you're crazy when you tell them you plan your scrapbook pages weeks in advance of events, but it's actually a great way to make sure you have the right photos, materials, and supplies on hand when it comes time to actually scrapbook. If you're a hardworking scrapbooker like me, you'll understand the lure of a perfect Thanksgiving scrapbook.

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