Thanks to phones and digital cameras, snapping photos is easier than it’s ever been. Unfortunately, many of these photos wind up forgotten in your social media feed or on a computer. Even those lucky – or important – enough to be printed, sometimes end up piling up in boxes at the back of a closet. 

Scrapbooking is an art form that’s easy to approach and is a great way to gather and sort through your past experiences. Crafting stores have a variety of colored/decorative tapes, papers, stamps, stickers, adhesives and decorative embellishments that make it easy to bring your scrapbook to life. 

Here is our list of top scrapbook themes to consider: 

1. Anniversaries/Birthdays Create a book that can be updated annually with each new anniversary or birthday. Add special notes of how you celebrated each occasion.

2. Families & Pets Showcase your family’s heritage, favorite memories and goofiest moments. Include pictures of your pets, too, especially if you have shots of funny faces or favorite toys. 

3. Holidays Dedicate each page or spread for a different holiday throughout the year. Don’t forget to journal your favorite memory from each celebration. 

4. Military Service Honor a member of the Armed Forces with a book dedicated to his or her service to our country. Include important announcements, news clippings and honors, in addition to photographs. 

5. Babies Mark baby’s first months or year. Consider adding in baby’s hospital tags, lock of hair from his/her first haircut and other mementos from each milestone. 

6. High School & College Scrapbooks can also be used to reminisce a school year, graduation or first year in college. Try to incorporate special reminders of the milestone, like a piece of artwork from school or a graduation program. 

7. Vacation & Travel From the beach to your favorite amusement park, pair your pictures with ticket stubs, maps and brochures. You can dedicate your entire book to one vacation or include several vacations to create a travel log. 

8. Weddings While the majority of a wedding book should focus on the “big day,” don’t forget about other wedding traditions, like engagement photos and parties, bridal showers and other pre-wedding festivities, the rehearsal and even the honeymoon. You can include special keepsakes, like the save-the-date and invitation, program, customized napkins and menu.