Senior Scrapbook Ideas

Dana Hinders
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Honor the graduate with a special senior scrapbook.

As graduation day approaches, you may find yourself in search of senior scrapbook ideas.

Making a Timeline

One of the most popular senior scrapbook ideas is to make a timeline featuring photographs of the graduate throughout her academic career. Start with pictures from preschool and kindergarten, then progress to pictures of her as a junior high and high school student. Include small bits of memorabilia, such as handwriting samples, drawings, copies of report cards, or special award ribbons and certificates to further document the progress made towards graduation.

Setting the Scene

To make a senior scrapbook even more special, add newspaper clippings showing important headlines from the year as well as the average price for common items such as bread, milk, gas, movie tickets, a new video game, or a meal from the graduate's favorite restaurant. Lyrics from popular songs or quotes from the graduate's favorite movie can also make interesting additions to the layout. In 10, 20, or 30 years, this will be a wonderful keepsake!

Wishes from Friends and Family

High school graduation is a time when everyone starts to feel a bit sentimental. Pass around lined note cards to the graduate's friends and family, then ask them to jot down a few words of wisdom. Use the note cards and an assortment of candid photos to create a section of the school scrapbook album devoted to showing the graduate how much everyone cares about her.

Additional Senior Scrapbook Ideas

The following journaling questions can make great starting points for senior scrapbook layouts. If you're making the scrapbook on behalf of someone else, either interview them or ask them to write down a few notes that you can include.

Friends

  • Who is your best friend at school? How long have you known each other?
  • What clique are you a part of? How do the other students view your group?
  • What do you and your friends like to do for fun?

Activities

  • What extra-curricular activities do you participate in at school?
  • Do you have a part-time job?
  • Do you do any volunteer work?

Prom

  • Who was your prom date?
  • What did your dress look like?
  • What was your favorite part of the evening?
  • How did your senior prom compare to your junior prom?

College Application Process

  • How many colleges did you apply to?
  • How did you decide what college you will be attending?
  • What will your major be?
  • Did you win any awards or scholarships?

The Future

  • How do you feel about graduation? Are you ready to move on with your life or a bit nervous about what the future holds?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • Do you think you'll be eager to attend your 10 year high school reunion?

Quotes for Senior Scrapbook Pages

If you're looking for a special quote to accent your layout, consider one of the following senior scrapbook ideas:

  • "Your schooling may be over, but remember that your education still continues." -- Anonymous
  • "Graduation is only a concept. In real life every day you graduate. Graduation is a process that goes on until the last day of your life. If you can grasp that, you'll make a difference." -- Arie Pencovici
  • "The fireworks begin today. Each diploma is a lighted match. Each one of you is a fuse." -- Edward Koch
  • "Every happy time that passes is never really gone, if it leaves a lovely memory for looking back upon." -- Robin St. John
  • "There are three kinds of people in the world: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wondered what happened." -- Anonymous

The LTK Scrapbooking article on Scrapbook Inspirational Sayings also has a number of suggestions that may be appropriate for a senior scrapbook project.

Senior Scrapbook Ideas