by Jeff McRitchie
Pets are a big part of many people’s lives and with good reason. Not only do they offer laughs, headbutts, and unconditional love, studies have shown that having a pet can make a person feel less lonely and even lower someone’s blood pressure. Whether you have a cat, dog, rabbit, bird, pocket pet, or other critter, creating a scrapbook devoted to them is a great way to preserve the memories you have of them. Here is how you can do so….
Pets are a big part of many people’s lives and with good reason. Not only do they offer laughs, headbutts, and unconditional love, studies have shown that having a pet can make a person feel less lonely and even lower someone’s blood pressure. Whether you have a cat, dog, rabbit, bird, pocket pet, or other critter, creating a scrapbook devoted to them is a great way to preserve the memories you have of them. Here’s how you can do so….
First of all, gather up all the things you want to include in your book. Some of these items may include your pet’s adoption papers, vet records, photographs, collar tags, and so on. Organize these items so you can begin to plan out your book.
After you’ve figured out what you want to put in your scrapbook, you can start rounding up the supplies you’re going to need. Some of these items include paper, stickers and/or embellishments, magic markers, rubber cement or glue, and scissors or maybe a rotary trimmer. You can either purchase a scrapbook at a craft store or make your own by using a binding machine. (More about this in a minute. ) When selecting your paper, make sure it’s acid-free and archival quality so you can enjoy your creation for years to come.
Now that you have your supplies, you can start putting your scrapbook together. Lay out your pages and experiment with different arrangements before adhering any items to the pages. That way, you can more items around if you want or need to. This is the fun part of the process so let your creativity flow. As you’re scrapbooking, your pet may want in on the action. Be sure to keep any toxins or sharp objects away from your critter(s) so that they don’t get sick or injured.
You may want to leave some empty space in your scrapbook so you can add to it at a later date. Then you’ll be able to include pictures and stories about your pet’s future adventures and cute antics.
If you chose to use loose-leaf scrapbook pages in lieu of an actual book, you can use a binding machine to put it all together. Comb binding machines can bind documents containing up to 425 pages and they’re relatively inexpensive and easy to come by. If you want to spend a little bit more money, a thermal binding machine would be a great choice because you can make hardcover books with it. That would allow you to create a very impressive scrapbook that looks like it was made by a professional.
Creating a pet scrapbook is fun, creatively challenging, and is a perfect way to pay tribute to your pet(s). Whether you use a store-bought scrapbook or go all out and bind your ownFree Web Content, you’ll find that working on your book is rewarding and will make you think about all the good times you’ve had with your critter(s). Good luck and happy scrapbooking!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
About the Author: Jeff McRitchie is the Director of Marketing for MyBinding.com. He regularly writes articles, review and blog posts on topics related to book binding, laminating, paper shredding, and office equipment. More than 2,500 of his articles have been published in thousands of location on the Internet. If you’re looking for information about binding machines, his articles are a great place to start.