Scrapbook Your Marriage
(Or relationship with your significant other)
Your marriage, or relationship with your significant other, is worth celebrating- and creating an album that spotlights the two of you is the perfect way to tell the story of your relationship. A relationship album can be created in the size of your choice, but the smaller albums on the market are a perfect choice for such a specific topic, and they almost create an "intimate" feel on your pages. Deja Views by the C-Thru Ruler Company offer adorable, accordion style albums in four different sizes, while Making Memories offers cloth albums with a label holder on the font cover, and K&Company has an accordion album with a little hinge on the front- you can title on the top flap of the hinge door, and underneath it- place the photo of you and your significant other!
Start out by creating a list of questions that you'll both answer. The questions should really be answered by each of you with your own handwriting, since that is just as important to document in a relationship album as the answers themselves! If you prefer the look of computer generated journaling, try to limit it in this album to the page titles and text that you add to help tell the story- and at least use handwritten answers to the questions you create!
Each of you should write out your answers to things like:
* Favorite foods
* Favorite pastimes
* Pet Peeves
* Things that you don't agree on
* Things that you do agree on
* Future goals
* What you love about the other person
Be creative with the topics you cover in your album! Consider what you'd want future generations to know about your relationship with this person, and what makes it so special, and then try to convey it in the pages of the scrapbook.
A technique that is extremely useful when incorporating lots of journaling like this album does, is to use mini envelopes on the pages. You can print the journaling or write directly on tags that you've decorated, and slide them into the envelopes with their tops peaking out- so that people who look at the album know to pull it out and read what's inside. For the more private journaling of your relationship, consider placing an envelope on a page that has a clasp (like those large manilla envelopes used for mailing!), and insert your journaling completely inside, and close the clasp! When you and your significant other want to read what's inside, you know it's there and you can just open it up and read! But to most people who are looking through your treasured album, it will appear to be just an element on the page for decoration purposes. Hidden journaling can also be creatively concealed behind photos that lift up or fold out, so you can be completely open about the relationship, and yet not have to hide the album from view of others! After all, you don't want to have to keep your relationship album on the shelf!