Our school days are supposed to be the best days of our life. So it stands to reason that school scrapbooking deserves a place in our albums.
Here in the UK photographers regularly visit schools to take formal portraits, which you can use in your school scrapbooking pages or you can take candid shots of your own. That picture you took of your youngster all dressed up in a brand new uniform ready for his or her first day at school is a definite photo to include!
My daughter Becky wrote a poem about school which I scrapped very simply. I used a woodgrain background to represent the school desk, then attached the original poem. I matted the photo on red card to pick up the bright colour of her school bag and used photo corners to attach it to the page. Simple but effective. In case you cannot read the poem in the picture I have included it below the photograph.
School trips yield great photo opportunities too. If friends are included in the shots be sure to mention their names in your journalling. I have school pictures of my own childhood and just cannot remember some of my friend's names. Explain where the photos were taken, the purpose of the trip and any exciting moments.
You may want to volunteer to go along and help on the trip, or, if the child is older, they could take a camera and photograph the day for themselves. Ask them to tell you all about it when they get home. A voice recorder is a boon for this situation. Just turn it on and forget about it while you share the story of the adventure with your child. Later, play it back and you will be able to quote them in your journalling.
You can go back even further and ask your parents about their schooldays. You will probably find things were done very differently back then. Prompt your relatives with questions like:
Again that voice recorder may come in handy if you manage to get your relatives talking; taking notes may break the spell of reminiscence.
Whoever you feature in your school scrapbooking, your children, grandchildren, yourself or your parents the pages will help to keep those memories alive.