Friday, February 22, 2008

Scrapbooking Your Faith

Scrapbooking your faith is the latest trend in scrapbooking.  Check out the slideshow for pages we've made which illustrate the concepts that can express our beliefs, our character, our personality, and let others know the real us. 
Note: click on the slideshow to view it in a larger size. 

This is a slideshow of our Family Proclamation book.

Scrapbooking Your Faith
Lodi News-Sentinel
By Ann Kerr

Scrapbooking has become a popular and exciting hobby, and is a creative outlet with which we can record the special happenings in our families. The past few years it has taken on a new dimension--scrapbookers don’t just photograph and write about events such as birthdays and vacations, but document their feelings, their beliefs, their hopes and dreams, the desires of their hearts.
When I discovered this trend in scrapbooking I immediately felt at home with it, and was determined to add that element to my own scrapbooks. The result has been so fulfilling. I’ve made better pages than ever and feel that I am also leaving a legacy of faith and hope for my children, grandchildren and generations to come.
Over the ensuing months I’ve collected some ideas that could be used in “Scrapbooking Your Faith,” as it has come to be known among those who scrapbook. The first is obvious: recount the importance and meaning of special religious events. Last month we had two special events in our family. An eight-year old grandson was baptized and our latest baby granddaughter was blessed. Their mothers made scrapbook pages about these events that didn’t just tell who, where, and when, but also “why.”
Another idea is to pair a picture with a scripture verse, value or creed. Maybe the picture comes first, or in some cases you may want to take a picture to go with a verse. When I was scanning some old family camping pictures I found a photo of my then six-year-old son Doug carefully crossing a large stream on a narrow log. His best friend was following behind. I made a page about faith, with a picture of Christ embedded into my picture indicating that Doug’s faith in Christ and his ability to cross the stream would get him safely there.
One time my daughter Alison did have to actually stage a picture to go with a spiritual theme was when she was illustrating “The Family Proclamation,” and was doing a page on the importance of prayer in our lives. No one in the family had any pictures of children praying, so she called her two sisters for help, and within hours (thanks to email and cooperative sisters) had pictures taken in Kansas and Southern California of beautiful young girls in prayer.
Capturing miracle moments and trying times are definitely things to scrapbook. There will be times in our lives that are hard, and others that can only be explained as divine intervention. What got us through those hard times? How did we see the hand of God work in our lives?
Scrapbooking lends itself to lots of different elements. Include meaningful prayers, songs, or quotes. Certain themes such as values, wonder, thankfulness, and forgiveness go beyond the boundaries of organized religion. A beautiful photograph taken in the mountains can form a background for journaling that relates the feeling of closeness to God when you are alone in a quiet mountain retreat. I once saw a page with a picture of tiny red berries and it said “Remember the little things. God does.”
I want to make a page like that with all my beautiful pictures of little things. I want to make a page with a picture of “beautiful” weeds that adorn the countryside some times of the year. I want to make a page of the astounding beautiful high Sierras when they are covered with snow. I want to thank God for all of His creations. Actually, an expression of gratitude for anything can become a spiritual scrapbook page.
People who have inspired you is another scrapbooking angle to take. Gordon B. Hinckley, the prophet of our church for the last 13 years, recently died. My husband and I were in Hawaii on the day of his funeral and watched the satellite broadcast. We felt so humbled and thankful for his life and teachings. The first scrapbooking I did when I got home was a page that will let my grandchildren, most of whom are too young to know President Hinckley, what a special influence he has been in our lives.
Most of the inspiration in our lives comes from a parent, or a teacher, or a good friend. Record what these special people mean to you.
Consider scrapping the places that you commonly associate with faith. It could be a church you’ve attended all your life, or a special place of worship. I made a meaningful page for the LDS Sacramento Temple when it was finished last year and my husband and I served as hosts at its open house.
Think about your blessings. Meditation on what’s good in our lives can be powerful. Documenting it through scrapbook pages is even more powerful. Make a list of your blessings, and then take a moment to truly appreciate and record them.
Scrapbooking our beliefs is probably the most obvious genre of all. No one label can describe everything that we are. We are made up of what we believe. Our character and our personality are defined by it. Scrapbooking these beliefs lets others know the real us. It can truly be a valuable heritage for our posterity.


Andrea said...

I love this article. Heidi forwarded it to me a few weeks ago. It has inspired me.

"Kreative Karma" said...

Great article, your mom did a great job!

gmacochrane said...

I read Ann Kerr's article in the September Ensign and immediately did a google search to see if her Family Proclamation Scrapbook pages were on the web. I was so happy to find them and to find your blog! For the past few years I have made scrapbook's for each of my children and grandchildren for Christmas and was searching for inspiration about the theme for this year's book. A Family Proclamation book would be so perfect! I hope you will give me permission to scraplift some of your ideas? My email address is Thank you for sharing your talents and your testimonies!