Military Scrapbooking Ideas for Armed Forces Personnel and Their Families
Being in the military is a lifestyle all its own. You might be a service personnel or the parent, spouse or child of someone in the armed forces. The military life touches everyone who loves someone serving in any one of the service branches whether it is the Marines, Navy, Army, Air Force, or National Guard. Military scrapbooking ideas all start with how the military life affects you.
Scrapbooking Ideas for Military Personnel
As a member of the armed forces, you will want to preserve and document your military experience. Recording your memories of your service years is important not only for yourself, but also for your children and future generations. Your years in the service are not only personal, but they document our national history as well. You might have served in a war or responded to a national crisis. Preserving your memories of those experiences will tell others your first-person account of a moment in history.
Items to Include In Your Military Scrapbook
- Your service documents including your enlistment application
- Newspaper articles
- Photos of you receiving recognition
- Photos of returning home from a duty station
- Photos of your military friends
- Photos of your service stations
- A time line of your years in service, including where and when you served
- Pages or quotes from your personal journal, including your hopes, fears, and thoughts
- Information on the training you received, including when and where you received training
- Photos of boot camp, including your graduation
- Awards and recognition with journaling on how, when and why you received them
- Photos of your metals and ribbons including how, when and why you received these honors
- Highlights of your military career
- Photos of ceremonies you participated in
- Your retirement party
Scrapbooking for Family Members of Military Personnel
Is someone you love in the armed forces? You may want to document their military career for them, or create a scrapbook about how that person's military life affected you. Being the spouse, child or parent of someone in the military, you will have your own thoughts, fears, feelings and hopes about his/her military life. Your scrapbook can be a gift for the military personnel or for someone else in their family, like a son or daughter. It also can be an account of how military life affected your own life experiences.
Items for Family Members to Include in a Military Scrapbook
- Photos of you with your loved one in the service
- Farewell photos
- Homecoming photos
- Journaling of your feelings about being part of a military family
- Moving day photos from one service station community to another
- Letters or emails written from your loved one in the armed forces
- Photos of military family events like picnics or formal parties
- Newspaper articles
Scrapbooking companies are responding to the huge demand for military scrapbooking supplies. You can find albums with armed forces emblems on the cover. Stickers and embellishments relating to the military service are also available. However, it's your own personal photos and journaling that will create a military scrapbook that will become a legacy to future generations.
Christine Perry is an avid scrapbooker and has over 10 years of scrapbooking experience. Her favorite scrapbooking subjects are her reluctant teenagers. She invites you to her website, http://www.intoscrapbooking.com for more scrapbooking ideas and scrapbooking ideas with kids.
Many of us have friends and family serving our country, and what better way to preserve their memories than some special military scrapbook pages.