Grandparents Scrapbook Page
and Gift Ideas
A grandparents scrapbook page is an essential page to add to your baby's scrapbook. It can also make a wonderful gift for the grandparents.
There are several different ways to approach to making this scrapbook page.
First you need to decide how many pages you are going to dedicate to the grandparents. That should really depend on how important the grandparents will be in the life of your child and how much space you have available in the baby book.
Now a days, with blended families, you have to decide if you will include step-grandparents. If you want your child to see them as a grandparent, then include them. A step-grandparent may have a bigger impact on your child's life than a "real" one.
If you have a good relationship with your parents, then dedicate more space in scrapbook to them. (By more space I mean one page per grandparent. To give them a bigger tribute, you could create a mini-album about their life... but that's another story.) You can really let their personality shine through and express how important and how much you loved your parents through this scrapbook page.
Here are some layout ideas that are separated according to the number of pages you will use to create your layout.
- One Page Says It All - You could include all of the grandparents on one scrapbook page. This would work well if you do not plan to say much about each grandparent. You mainly just want to include a photo and a few lines describing each one.
- Quadrant Page - Divide your page into equal quadrants. Place the maternal grandparents in the left two quadrants and the paternal grandparents in the right two quadrants.
You could treat each quadrant as a mini-page. Let the personality of the grandparent show through their quadrant. For instance, if Grandma Jones loves to garden, then use a garden theme for her quadrant.
Write some facts about each grandparent. Include their full name, date of birth, hobbies, their career, and what people remember most about them.
- Uneven Quadrant Page - This uses the same principle as the previous layout, but you will break the title up into two parts.
The first part will be at the top left hand corner and the second will be in the bottom right hand corner. Have a picture and journaling box for each grandparent. See the template to the right.
- A Page for Each Set of Grandparents - Have one page dedicated to each set of grandparents.
- Couples Page - This is a great way to show how much the grandparents love each other. You can include a small baby picture of each one, a wedding picture showing them in the prime of their life, and a picture of them together holding their grandchild.
When you are journaling about each of them, also include some sweet memories of your childhood that describes what type of parents they were.
- Divide Page Into Two Triangles - Place a photo of the grandparents together overlapping the two triangles. If Grandma is on the left side of the picture, then dedicate the left triangle to Grandma and Grandpa gets the right side. Place a baby photo or a photo of them as a young adult in their respective triangle.
You can create a journal box for each one or you can just write random facts about them in their triangle.
Make sure you use a different back ground paper for each triangle. The papers can be the same color with different patterns. Or, you can choose a feminine paper and a masculine one. If you want the two sides to be less busy, then choose the same paper and use a thin strip of paper to separate the two triangles.
- On Their Own - Have a separate page dedicated to each grandparent. This allows you to "tell the story" of each one. This is also the best way to tell the story of the grandparents if they are divorced.
- The Interview - Interview the grandparents. Ask them questions about their hobbies, favorite foods, best memories, childhood, spiritual life, etc... Also ask them for any advice they would like to give their new grandchild.
You can arrange these questions and answers randomly around the scrapbook page. Also, you could have them write their answers on small strips of paper. That will add some character to the page by actually having their handwriting on it.
Make sure you include a current photo and a photo of them from their youth. Don't forget to include the basic facts, like where and when they were born, how many siblings they have, where they grew up, etc...
- Write a Letter - Write a letter to your child that describes what their grandparent is like. This is a great way to express to your child the love you have for your parents. The letter can also double as a gift. Frame it. Wrap it up. It will make a great father's of mother's day gift.
Make sure you write the letter on card stock and then attach it to the background page. You do not want to make a mistake on your background paper. You could type it up and print it out. That will allow you to check for spelling mistakes. Make sure you include a photo on the page.
- Grandparents Write a Letter - If you know they love to write, ask them to write a letter about their life. Ask them to include advice that they would like to pass on to their grandchild. If the letter is short, glue it to some card stock and attach it to the page. If it is long, create a pocket on the scrapbook page to place the letter in.
You will still want to have a journaling box that states the facts about them. And, of course, you want to add a picture.
- The Life of... - Divide the page into thirds. Have a section dedicated to the three stages of the grandparents life - childhood, prime of their life, golden years.
In other words... their childhood, their parenthood, and their grand-parenthood. Describe these different stages in their life, or ask them to describe it for you. You can just state the facts or get more personal. What were their goals and dreams. What did they accomplish. What was important to them. What would they have done differently.
Have a picture to go with each time frame. The amount of space dedicated to each stage does not have to be the same. If you have less to say about their childhood, then make that section smaller. If they are just entering their golden years, then dedicate less space to that section.