Irrespective of occasion, scrapbooks and journals make perfect gifts. The thought and effort that goes into making a memory book is a great way to express your love. Above all there is no better way to preserve cherished photographs. Have gifted scrapbooks to dear ones for a long time now. Recently making one for a dear couple in the family, who had just completed 50 years of wedded bliss, I tried adding a desi twist!
For festive occasions, weddings and the like, try rich Indian layouts with the help of tikkis, Gota patti, zardosi and embroidery laces and printed wrapping papers. I tried it for a few pictures from a wedding procession ages ago, and relived the moment in true north Indian barat style all over again!
When in doubt about any thing desi, the easiest way forward is to draw inspiration from Kitschy and colorful Bollywood. Here I reference just the name of a popular film as a cover for a mini book for a sweet love story, but you can go the whole hog with disco colors and bolly pop layouts..
Hand Made Accents
A few pages for loving grand parents came alive with cute accents made using left over paper and embellishments. For one of them pictured here, I used a tiny teddy bear ornament that had come off my child's hair clip. What made it really special was that the hair clip itself was a present to her from her granny!
Some times store brought sentiments will just not do . Try handwritten script in desi vernacular for a personal touch, one which dadi/ Paati/ Bebe is sure to appreciate! I had my kids write the same personally here:
When running out of paper is a good thing. You can then just reach for a sheet of paper in an old notebook something, and go over it with a block print stamp! I did mine, with an office stamp pad and a tiny wooden block:
More ideas from all you avid scrapbookers out there will be appreciated. Do drop me a line!