Create a Giving Scrap Book

posted by Talk About Giving blog team

May 22, 2012 @ 2:37 pm

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(Disclaimer: We promise you don’t have to be a hardcore scrap booker, or even mildly crafty for this.)

Remember when y’all went to the beach last summer with the whole family and how fun it was and how crazy it was when Granddaddy was chased by a sand crab? Or when y’all went to Disney or Carowinds or the S.C. State Fair and rode the rides and ate cotton candy and how you all laughed when that clown accidently spilled a bucket of water on its dog? Or the last day of school last spring and y’all were all out at Field Day and the principal was in the dunking booth?

Well, thanks to today’s technology and a plethora of ways you can organize and archive memories, it’s likely that these experiences – from daily happenings to big events – are well documented. And what fun is it to pull the scrap book off the shelf for some reminiscing? Kids (and everyone, really) love to relive past fun and what better way to keep memories fresh and feel connected to family, friends and experiences that are sometimes far away?

Experiences in giving can be the same. It’s amazing to provide your children with opportunities to help others or give back and watch them as they realize the difference they make, how fortunate they are, and how good it feels to give.

So how about start a Giving Scrapbook and document your family’s efforts in helping others so you can reminisce on your experiences, how everyone felt, the fun you had in giving and really remember the difference you made? Once you’ve picked out the scrapbook you like and pulled together some arts and crafts to decorate your experience, you’ll be on your way. Here are some ideas in getting the most out of your giving scrapbooking:

  1. Photography. Take your camera along. Sometimes it might not be appropriate to take pictures as your volunteering, but you can snap a few shots of the group or volunteering child in front of the building or of the items your bringing, etc. Print out the logo for the organization and paste it in.
  2. The rhyme behind the reason. Talk with your kids about why you decided as a group to help this organization and what made you give in the way that you did. Include this information in the scrapbook so everyone remembers why it was important.
  3. Document each personal experience. Soon after your efforts, have your kids write a paragraph about their experience, or for younger children, draw a picture of what they did to help.
  4. Money Counts. Oftentimes giving simply involves writing a check. Be sure to have your kids document your monetary contributions in the Giving Scrapbook. Talk through the rhyme behind the reason with them, explain why you feel it’s important and ask them what they think. Print out the logo and have them draw pictures. You certainly don’t have to discuss dollar amounts, just ‘why.’
  5. Decorate. When in doubt, add more glitter.
  6. Revisit the Giving Scrapbook. When you and your family has been so bogged down in school, work, soccer practice and dance lessons that you haven’t had an opportunity to give lately, break out the Giving Scrapbook and take a walk down memory lane. Prior efforts will be reinforced and you and your kids will be inspired by the difference you made.

Suggested Reading:

The Giving Book by Ellen Sabin

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