We are undoubtedly living in an unprecedented time with a quarantine to this magnitude, and it’s making quite a few of us do a bit of reflecting. Although these aren’t perhaps the happiest days of our lives, it’s still important that we look for the silver lining and do what we can to record and capture these moments. Check out these quarantine scrapbook layout ideas and consider creating a layout of your own!
My husband, my two teenagers and I are being greatly affected by this COVID-19 crisis. That’s why I started to document our time together — this could be one of the most significant events in our lives, and I wanted to make sure that we remember it.
Yes, I will have a spread with all of the memes, statistics and explanations, but I choose to focus on all of the things we are getting to do together as a family. That’s why I’ve created three layouts that I feel are generally uplifting — I want to focus on the positives from the past few weeks.
We’ve had more outings (within our own property), more teachable moments and the kids are learning to do a little more cooking!
We’ve also been figuring out ways to visit my mother-in-law while no visitors are allowed in her nursing home.
We’re also doing what we can to help cheer up the ICU nurses at my sister-in-law’s hospital.
My upline Heidi Srinivasan hosted a Virtual Crop recently, and one of the challenges was to create a COVID-19-themed page. This virus has had an impact on all of our lives, so I thought it was a great idea, and it lead me to create the “germie page!” I plan to journal about what Ohio has done to flatten the curve and tell the story on how it changed our lives, both for the good and the bad.
I have photos from Virtual Crops, working from home, social distancing, Wine with DeWine, Zoom meetings and donations being made, along with poems reflecting the potential positive impact this could have on our world. It always amazing to me that people can find humor and creativity to lift others up.
For the second layout, I used Travel Log papers and stickers, and I’m planning to journal about the virus’s origin and how it spread by using stats and some of the headlines that I’ve read.
I plan to do more pages as I see this changing our world and being our new companion as we work though the logistics of living with this virus until a vaccine is found. I’m also keeping a personal journal to capture my thoughts and feelings, too.
Each year, I create an album based on the events of that year, as well as separate albums for any special events or vacations that may have taken place. I frequently take a screenshot of alerts that come to my cell phone to include in my layouts. At first I thought there would just be a page or so, but then I realized this would be a major event that would impact our family and the world.
I wanted to preserve this memory for future generations to know what we did, what we were feeling and what went on during this time. On the pages, I’ve created a timeline of news from my hometown, my state and national news. I journal what we were doing and how we were feeling. I printed some of the funny memes from Facebook, as this was our primary communication with friends and family, and I even created a Facebook page with my husband so his large family (he is youngest of eight) could share photos.
In my layout, I wanted to reflect the timeline of events that have lead to the world we are living in now. So, I combed through the news and created a comprehensible timeline to go along with my layouts, which feature photos that reflect the different series of events.
How have you been keeping track of these historic times in your albums? Share with us in the comments below!