Senior memory books detail the lives of high school seniors through their school activities, classes, hobbies, silly antics, family members and friends. Scrapbooking these memory books is the perfect way to create them, while incorporating actual pieces of the treasures that memories are made of and preserving them inside the book. Make a memory book for a senior, and capture a year of history the student will cherish for a lifetime.
Collect items directly related to the high school senior, such as photos of activities, birthdays and vacations. Order bumper stickers or other accoutrements with the school name and/or logo on them. Find greeting cards that the senior has received commemorating special events and incorporate them. You might plan to cut the card in two; displaying both the front and the inside, alongside a photo of the senior and the sender of the card. If your senior has held a part-time job, include at least one or two highlights of the job in the memory book. If a restaurant, ask the manager for a sample menu, napkin or place mat printed with the business name or logo. Go to the workplace and take a photograph or two.
Think of the senior memory book as a time line. Most people begin the books at the start of senior year, while some prefer to take it way back to the beginning--either kindergarten or birth, and highlight the more important events of a lifetime; culminating in a more detailed view of the entire senior year. Whichever way you choose to make your book, you will want to organize your materials--photos and memorabilia, in the order you'll be placing them inside the scrapbook.
Don't worry about items that might not glue tidily onto one of your scrapbook pages. Create pockets from card stock and simply slip them inside.
Create pages that highlight specific events around one or two specific items. For example, the beginning of senior year may be signified by a photo of the senior and his or her friends standing under a sign on the first day of school that reads, "Welcome, Seniors!" or "Welcome, Class of 2010." Be creative with your layout. Make frames with card stock to enhance your photos. Embellish with items that highlight each event or idea.
Add written content to as many of the pages as you can. The content may be humorous sayings or simply thoughts recorded in a journaling format. Leave some blank space for the senior as well.
Ask the student's friends to pen a few lines about their senior year and add the writing to a page complete with photos of your senior with these friends.
If the senior hasn't yet graduated, leave blank pages in the memory book for those last few weeks or months to be chronicled as well. Finishing the last few pages might be a project the two of you can work on together.
Don't forget to write a few words on the significance this senior has in your life. Whether you're the mom or dad, a relative or a family friend, include something especially personal on one of the scrapbook pages.
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, N.H. She has authored five books and hundreds of articles and short stories. Her work has appeared various publications, including "Parenting," "Writer’s Digest," "Vacations" and "Discovery Travel." She studied at the University of Maine and later pursued her writing studies through numerous classes and workshops.