Remembering Those You've Lost, Through Scrapbooking

Posted by on May 22, 2015

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In memoriam scrapbooking can be a highly therapeutic way to remember friends and family you've lost. Each page, whether made out of paper or digital, serves as proof of your memories. A documentation of true love. A tribute to life.

Losing a loved one is an incredibly painful part of life that is inevitable. I have been fortunate in that I have not experienced such loss in my family yet. But just two months ago, my dog unexpectedly passed away. At first, I found myself unable to even look at photographs of him without feeling overwhelmed by his absence. I didn’t think that I would ever pass that phase. To my surprise, I have recently found myself finding comfort in looking back on the memories we made together. I slowly began to put his pictures back up around the house and I can look fondly upon them and see that he had a great life. 

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In Memoriam

You can also dedicate the entire layout to the specific branch of service your loved one served in. This look works great for both vintage and modern aesthetics.

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Holly Morrow

Remembering Those Who Have Served

Even if you don't have a craft room filled with scrapbooking supplies, you can still honor the service members in your life by creating digital heritage layouts dedicated to their time serving our great nation. 

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Remembering Dad

The key to a great scrapbook layout is to keep it personal. Think of the life that you are honoring and all the beautiful things that this person accomplished. This woman made a page remembering her dad, chronicling his life from his high school graduation in 1923 to his retirement in 1972. Rather than pasting down the actual memorabilia for this page, she scanned the relics that she wanted to use and printed copies, so that she could preserve the originals.

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Remembering Friends and Family

Another thing to remember when scrapbooking, is that you can create moods surrounding the aesthetics of a page by using a few tricks. Carly created a vintage-style page to display old family photos. Her technique was to use white ink to stamp filigree designs, and then she retraced them with a white paint marker to make the designs more prominent. To achieve that rough, antique look, you can see that she smeared the lines to avoid anything from looking too pristine and new.

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Renea Harrison

Remembering Grandma

Renea remembers her grandmother through an elegant and romantic layout. 3D embellishments can really make a page stand out. Aside from the traditional paper die-cuts that can be found in most scrapbooking kits, the curled book pages add a really nice touch. You can do this yourself with any old book lying around the house, or even a copy of memorabilia that is relevant to your subject.

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Celebrating Your Heritage

Putting together in memoriam page layouts is a wonderful way to remember your loved one's hobbies and favorite things by using themed papers and coordinated embellishments. It's also a great way to practice new techniques, such as how to distress paper edges and make dimensional paper flowers. The special handmade touches in this layout shows just how special a great aunt can be.

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Remembering Our Furry Friends

Pets can very quickly find their way into our hearts, homes and families to become a vital part of who we are. In this layout, Tracey incorporates her dog Bounder's collar with lots of great embellishments, including glittered flowers, chipboard frames, woodcuts and tags.

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This layout was created in remembrance of a beloved dog. Lisa says this project wasn't about using fancy techniques; it was solely about memories, so she can look at it to see the love her dog and cat had for each other.

No matter how you design each page, a memorial scrapbook helps you cherish the precious people, animals and memories in your life.

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