Mother’s Day Scrapbook for a Special Aunt

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Mother’s Day is a wonderful day to celebrate mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers, but what about the special aunts in your life? Growing up, I had a very special Great Aunt Lee. She was like a grandmother to me after my mother’s mother passed. She taught me how to go grocery shopping, pick out the best fruit, and stay on budget. She was always concerned with things like my hair being brushed and my face being cleaned {when I really didn’t care}. She was a sales woman in NYC during the first half of the last century, which was incredibly progressive. I even named Lydia after her!

My children have a wonderful aunt, too. My sister Jamie is a really special person in my children’s lives, especially now that she’s living with us. To honor her relationship with my children, I made a Mother’s Day Scrapbook for a Special Aunt with all of my favorite photographs of them together. Here’s how you can honor an aunt in your life, too!

Materials:

  • Small binder
  • Coordinating clear page protectors
  • Card stock
  • Collection of American Greetings cards
  • Photo-safe adhesive
  • Photographs
  • Variety of paper tape

Directions:

Begin by gathering your photographs. I actually went through every single image on my computer to find about 50 different pictures that truly captured Jamie’s love for my children since they were born. Seriously, how cute are these?

Head to Walmart and select a variety of Mother’s Day cards. They can be for anyone: mother, grandmother, daughter, aunt. We’re going to have fun altering the cards, so just find your favorite colors, designs, and sayings.

To make your scrapbook, cut out all of your favorite pieces from the cards. My crazy hoarder behaviors lead to me saving almost every greeting card I receive, but my guess is that most people read them and recycle them after. By using the greeting cards as scrapbook materials, you can really treasure how special they are! I cut out phrases, letters, flowers, and other little details that I thought would be perfect for my scrapbook.

I didn’t want to make a big scrapbook. Since my sister is living with us temporarily, she doesn’t have a lot of storage space to herself. I found this little binder at Walmart along with the page protectors. Each page is 5.5″ x 8.5″, so I bought standard-size brown craft paper and just cut each sheet in half.

Normally when I make a scrapbook, I spend so much time perfecting each page that I never actually finish it. I wanted to complete this scrapbook in just an hour, so I used the same brown paper for every page. I chose one or two pictures per page, glued them using a photo-safe adhesive, and embellished with the card pieces.

For a little added detail, I got out my bag of paper tape and framed out some of the photographs. I didn’t do this for every page, just a few pages to add a special touch.

Assembly was easy: I slid the scrapbook pages into the page protectors and popped them into the binder. When my scrapbook was complete, I wrapped it in American Greetings tissue paper and placed it inside this colorful, floral bag. I love how the flowers on the outside of the scrapbook match with the flowers I cut from the cards and the flowers on the gift bag.

I printed about 50 photographs, but I did not use all of them in the scrapbook, so I placed the extras inside the envelope with her actual card. She can add them to her own photo album when she gets a new place.

Walmart is your one-stop shop for American Greetings Mother’s Day cards and gift wrap. There’s something perfect for everyone woman in your life – You can celebrate them all! Be sure to check out this Ibotta offer: buy 2 cards and earn $2.00.

What are your plans for Mother’s Day this year?

About Carrie Wells, Ed.D.

Dr. Carrie Wells is a college instructor, blogger, wife, and work-at-home mother to two children, Lydia {age 8} and Bryce {age 6}. Carrie earned her doctorate in Special Education in 2008. After becoming a mother in 2009, Carrie began blogging as Huppie Mama to share her passions for cooking, crafting, beautifying, and her family. In 2016, she rebranded as Our Potluck Family, and her husband Richard became a regular contributor.

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