Making memory books has become very popular in the past few years. I remember a wonderful pastor telling us to “Go out and make a memory.” In other words, we should live life to its fullest. We not only want to make memories, we want to preserve some of those memories to help us remember happy times. One easy way to preserve memories is through scrapbooks. Through scrapbooks, students can learn to save pictures, awards as well as Sunday school papers and projects.

Making memory books has become very popular in the past few years. I remember a wonderful pastor telling us to “Go out and make a memory.” In other words, we should live life to its fullest.


We not only want to make memories, we want to preserve some of those memories to help us remember happy times. One easy way to preserve memories is through scrapbooks. Through scrapbooks, students can learn to save pictures, awards as well as Sunday school papers and projects.


To make inexpensive scrapbooks we need: Bibles, Bible concordances, 9-by-12-inch colored construction paper, oak tag or heavy poster board, tacky glue, tape, a hole punch, a camera, yarn and brightly colored fabric. (If you are storing important photos and memorabilia, there are archive quality materials available at the better craft stores.)


Give each student two 9-by-12-inch pieces of oak tag or heavy poster board. Ask the students to select a piece of fabric and cut a piece 11-by-14 inches. Glue the fabric over the oak tag so that it overlaps equally on all sides.  Glue the overlapping fabric to the back of the oak tag and allow it to dry.


Place 10 pieces of colored construction paper under the oak tag with fabric and place the plain piece of oak tag at the bottom. Line up all the pieces carefully and punch three equally spaced holes along the left side of the book, which should be a longer side. Tie yarn through each hole to hold the book together.


Take a class photo and make copies. Ask each student to tape a copy of the photo in the center of the first page of their scrapbook. At the bottom of the page write: “A friend loves at all times.” Proverbs 17:17A. Ask each student to write a kind thought about that child around the photo. For a Bible study the students could look up passages regarding happy memories or friendship in their Bibles and concordances.


These little scrapbooks will preserve the happy memories of childhood for many years. I recently ran across a scrapbook from my younger days and it brought back many happy memories of old friends at school and church. I hope these scrapbooks will bring smiles to the faces of your young people as they make them and provide them with happy memories for years to come.


The Rev. Doug Forbes coaches the ski and snowboard team at New Hope Christian Chapel in South Easton, Mass. He can be reached at easton@cnc.com.