The 3 Things You MUST Include When Creating A
Scrapbook Page For Someone’s Retirement!
Thinking about putting together a retirement scrapbook for someone? What a great idea!
Quite often when a person announces his or her retirement, people give funny gifts, such as large print books with a magnifying glass, or the office might give a watch or some other special memento.
A scrapbook will be a sentimental gift that the person will cherish for years. As you begin to explore retirement scrapbook ideas, here are three things you must include for an awesome scrapbook!
1. Capture the early years.
For a few of the retirement scrapbook pages, look for photos and possibly newspaper articles of the person from the start of his or her career. It may take a little detective work, but it will be well worth it!
If the person worked for a company, pay the company a visit and ask if there are any photos of recognitions, office parties, etc. that the person might be in. Was the person a teacher? Contact the school and ask for a photocopy from the yearbook.
What jobs did the person have prior to the current one? Try to find a photo to document each job. You might not be able to obtain a photo with the person in it for some of the jobs, but include a photo of the building or a photo of the town’s name.
As you create your retirement scrapbook layouts of the early years, design layouts in chronological order. Journal the years that the person spent at each job, the location and job title. If a person received any special awards or recognition during these beginning years, jot it down.
2. Include close co-workers.
Gather sentimental thoughts.
When a person has worked in one place for a number of years, you become “family” with co-workers. There are those who keep you laughing and encouraged during the stressful times and those who have quirky behaviors, such as whistling all day long, who you’ll miss. Be sure to include information in the retirement scrapbook from these co-workers.
Here’s a simple, yet clever idea. Adhere background paper that looks like cork onto a spread (two side-by-side pages). The cork will give the appearance of a bulletin board. Contact one of the co-workers and ask him or her to handout a blank post-it note to each close co-worker. Post-it notes come in various sizes and shapes so make it fun. Encourage the co-workers to write about a special memory, what they’ll miss about the person, or happy retirement wishes. Writing needs to be on the front side of the notes only. Also ask the co-worker to take a close-up photo of each person.
Title the top of the scrapbook page with “Farewell (Person’s Name)”. As you begin to design your layouts, determine how many post-it notes you want per page. If need be, create a second spread. For each post-it note, adhere it to the page and attach a bracket to the top. This will look as though the note was attached to the “bulletin board”. At the bottom of the note, attach the co-worker’s face. Use a circular template to crop each photo. For most notes, the cropped photos will probably hang off of the note which is fine. Just try to overlap it a little onto the note.
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3. Create fun “to do” retirement scrapbook layouts.
Celebrate the future.
When a person retires, it’s a time of mixed emotions. After dedicating so many years to a job, for many people it’s sad having to say goodbye. Yet, the retiree is happy as he or she thinks about the good things that are yet to come. Remind the retiree of these good things by creating a lighthearted “to do” spread.
Come up with a few ideas that you know that the person will want to do upon retirement. Maybe it’s spending more time with the grandchildren, playing a lot more golf, volunteering for an organization or moving to a warmer state. For each one or two ideas, create a scrapbook page. For example, if the person is looking forward to hanging out with the grandchildren, include photos of each grandchild. If he plans on golfing, make a fun page showing him swinging a golf club and riding in a golf cart. If need be, crop his face into existing pictures. He will get a good laugh! On the first page of this section, title the page “My New To Do’s”.
As you work on creating a retirement scrapbook you’ll come up with additional ideas we well. A scrapbook is such a special way of honoring someone and it truly comes from the heart. Include elements that will make the person smile, laugh and experience happy tears. You might want to conclude the scrapbook with a special poem regarding retirement or better yet, your own special wishes for the retiree.