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Pet Scrapbook

Here's a great gift for someone who's just adopted a new pet: Start a scrapbook to document their life with their new companion.

Introduction

Scrapbooking is a freewheeling craft, but there is one rule: If you're displaying original photos or documents, select papers and adhesives that are acid-free or, better yet, archival. Translucent interleaving will offer additional protection to photos over time. Consider using high-quality photocopies while keeping your original photos, documents, and other valued items in a light-safe, acid-free box.

When affixing photographs, avoid placing an adhesive in the center, as it can warp the surface and create craters. Try an invisible vellum tape, which adheres very well and barely shows behind sheer paper. If you do any writing, use a pigment ink rather than a dye ink, as it lasts far longer.

For more information and inspiration, visit the Craft Section of our site.

For basic techniques and tools, these articles should get you started on your way:

Scrapbook Techniques
Scrapbooking 101
Scrapbooking Tools and Materials
Simple Scrapbooking Tips
Scrapbooking Tools

Materials

  • Good-quality post-bound scrapbook or photo album with acid-free archival pages
  • Photo corners
  • Decorative scissors or hole punches
  • Acid-free, photo-safe background paper
  • Ribbon
  • Glue dots
  • Acid-free double-sided tape or invisible vellum tape
  • Labels

Steps

  1. Step 1

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    For each page, begin by developing a layout, selecting a dominant item, and experimenting with the placement of the surrounding memorabilia until you achieve the desired effect.

  2. Step 2

    Be sure to choose background colors that complement your items, and don't be afraid to crop your photographs to create a better composition. In general, it's easiest to work from the bottom up, so be sure to start with the background elements.

  3. Step 3

    Here are some ideas of items to place in the scrapbook: Pedigree, if a purebred, or adoption papers if a rescue; any photos from the breeder or shelter -- or even a classified ad; photos of the parents and littermates, if available; ID tags; that tiny first collar;a piece of a beloved but chewed-up toy; memories of your first meeting, written on the page itself or on an attached tag; the box top from a favorite food or treat, inspirational photos of breed champions.

Reviews (2)

  • Annette1703 6 Mar, 2013

    Hi
    This is a wonderful idea; I lost my wonderful cat 6 years ago, within a week he went from a big beautiful cat to a cat dying of cancer, whom I had to put to sleep. Have a dog now, but still miss the cat ... This is a beautiful way to remember

  • lindalhall 19 Jan, 2013

    We had to put down our dog Max yesterday. We had Max for 13 years - since he was 6 weeks old. Over the years we have taken all kinds of pictures with family members (some of them have passed away) as well as by himself doing some very cute things.This is the best idea to put all those pictures and little items in one place along with stories so we can remember him.Our grandchildren are very young but loved Max.They can learn about when he was young and remember the fun times they had with him.