by Sara Westhead
Why do we scrapbook? Ultimately, it’s to share our past with our future – a way of showing our children and our grandchildren what life was like ‘way back when.’
We tend to include all kinds of important things in our albums – births and birthdays, weddings and holidays – all the big events in our lives. Many also like to capture brief glimpses of every day life with a simple photo of their child gazing through a window and journaling that reflects the thoughts and feelings of the moment. Even ‘Books About Me’ are gaining in popularity.
However, what we often tend to forget those moments that have deeper spiritual meaning.
Psalms 78:4 tells us, “We will tell the next generation of the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord.”
Time and again in the Old Testament, God commanded the Israelites to create monuments that would remind their children and their children’s children of the goodness of God.
One such example is in Joshua 4:
“Now when all the nation had finished crossing the Jordan the Lord spoke to Joshua, saying, ‘Take for yourselves twelve men from the people, one man from each tribe, and command them saying, “Take up for yourselves twelve stones from here out of the middle of the Jordan, from the place where the priests’ feet are standing firm, and carry them over with you and lay them down in the lodging place where you will lodge tonight”.’ So Joshua called the twelve men whom he had appointed from the sons of Israel, one man from each tribe; and Joshua said to them, ‘Cross again to the ark of the Lord your God into the middle of the Jordan, and each of you take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Israel. Let this be a sign among you, so that when your children ask later, saying, “What do these stones mean to you?” then you shall say to them, “Because the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off.” So these stones shall become a memorial to the sons of Israel forever’.” (Joshua 4:1-7)
Our scrapbooks are memorials, just like these stone monuments were. Moses reminded of this in Deuteronomy.
Deuteronomy 4:9-10 – Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and their children after them. Remember the day you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb, when he said to me, ‘Assemble the people before me to hear my words so that they may learn to revere me as long as they live in the land and may teach them to their children.’
Likewise, Deuteronomy 11:18-21 reads:
“Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land that the Lord swore to give your forefathers, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.”
The question then remains, how do you incorporate your faith into your scrapbooking? Really, the ideas are limitless…
Regular events at church:
- Sunday School
- Vacation Bible School
- Church Camps
- Outreach events
- Special dinners
- Dedications, Baptisms
- Your Pastor
- Your church (the building)
- Church Missionaries
- Your closest church friends?
Looking at why you do these things:
- First Communion, Confirmation
- Priestly garb
- Order of Service
- Apostle’s or Nicene Creed
- My Personal Faith
Recording your personal beliefs and struggles:
- How did you become a Christian? Your personal testimony
- My typical Quiet Time – how I get alone with God
- My favorite Bible passage or verse
- My favorite Bible character
- My favorite hymn or song
- My favorite spiritual book/author
- Spiritual retreats
- Ministry opportunities – What ministries are you regularly involved in?
- Your spiritual “parent” – a page about the person who led you to the Lord
- What are your spiritual gifts or talents?
- What are you thankful for?
- What are your biggest struggles in life?
- What do you hope your children will learn from your life?
- How do you see God in nature?
- Who do you pray for?
- What is your favourite Christian holiday, holy day, festival or celebration?
- Who is your “angel”?
- Your baptism
- Your life verse
- Family Life
- My childhood – What was your family’s spiritual gauge?
- My childhood church
- How do you keep Christ in Christmas in your family?
- How do you keep Christ in Easter in your family?
- What are your parents’ testimonies?
- What are your grandparents’ testimonies?
- What is your spouse’s testimony?
- How did your children come to know Christ as their personal saviour?
- What other celebrations or holy days do you celebrate and how do you celebrate them?
Scrapbooking and Personal Bible Study
You can use your scrapbooking as a way to enhance your own personal Bible study by creating an album about what you are learning. Here are some ideas:
- The Attributes of God
- ABC Bible story/character book (This is really good to do with kids! A is for Adam, D is for Daniel, and so on.)
- The Fruit of the Spirit
- ABC Bible Verses (Select a word that comes to mind for each letter and use a corresponding Bible verse.)
- Proverbs 31
Books to help you
- God’s Good Gifts: A Scrapbooking Bible Study for Women’s Groups (Group Publishing)
- A Scrapbook of Life: A Montage of Devotional Thoughts, Mary Tatem (Barbour Publishing)
- Scrapbooking Your Faith: Layouts that Celebrate Your Spiritual Beliefs, Courtney Walsh (Memory Makers Books)
- Faith Books, Spiritual Journaling: Expressions of Faith Through Art, Sharon Soneff (Quarry Books)
- Imperfect Lives: Scrapbooking the Reality of Your Everyday
- Becoming a Woman of Joy – A Scrapbooker Looks at Proverbs 31, Sue Ferguson
- Scrapbooking Your Spiritual Journey: Inspiring You to Tell the Stories of God’s Faithfulness in Your Life, Sandra Joseph (Reminders of Faith)
- Pages of Faith: The Art of Spiritual Scrapbooking, Sharon Sheridan (Morehouse Publishing)
- Fruit of the Spirit: A Bible Study Project for Women’s Groups, Sherri Harris (Group Publishing)
- Passing on Your Legacy of Love: Leaving the Story of Who You Are to Those You Love, Marci Whitford (Reminders of Faith)
- The Scrapbooking Journey: A Hands-On Guide to Spiritual Discovery, Cory Richardson-Lauve (Skylight Paths Publishing)
- Christian Living from A to Z: A Bible Study Project for Women’s Groups, Sherri Harris (Group Publishing)