Senior Scrapbooking

At the high school John and I attended, every senior had a senior project and a senior scrapbook to complete.  We were required to write about certain topics, but we also had free reign on other pages of our scrapbook.  When we went home to Indiana a couple weeks ago for a wedding, I found this puppy. :)

It’s really neat to look back and reminisce.  Here are some of my favorite pages.

We were required to write a dossier.  It’s funny how some of my answers would be quite different today, while others are the exact same!

A page dedicated to one of my best friends in high school:

And check out the 5th grade cheerleading page. Bah!

A letter to my future child.  That paper weave took me forever, by the way!

I love this page about “My First Love,” which also happens to be my only love. ;)

One thing that meant a lot to me was to dedicate a page to my mom and each of my sisters.  I wrote a letter to each of them and asked them to write a letter to me to put on their page.  Reading all the letters reminds me how awesome my family is!

My mom is an amazing woman.  Like the sticker says, “One in a million!”

My oldest sister and I look the most alike.  She’s a teacher now, and great role model.  She used to french braid my hair and pull it so tight my eyes would water! 

My other older sister has always stuck up for me when people were mean.  Remember those mean girls?  She taught me how to be strong when I needed it most.

And my younger sister is awesome too.  Knowing that she looks up to me makes me want to be a good role model for her.  Oh and her sense of style is killer!

One of the requirements was to write about my first time on stage.  For me, I was a 6th grader on the cheerleading team.  We went to Florida to compete in this huge competition, and we won!  The whole school greeted us outside when we pulled back in to the parking lot.  It was pretty cool, but I stopped doing cheerleading after that.  It just wasn’t for me. 

Let’s not forget about senior turnabout, where the girls ask the guys to the Christmas dance.

And then lastly, a fun topic was “If I were a cartoon character…”  Strawberry Shortcake is has always been a favorite of mine.  


It’s hard to believe that I made this 6 years ago!  Time sure does fly.  Did you guys have to make a scrapbook in school?  Do you put your memories in a scrapbook now?

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21 responses to Senior Scrapbooking

  1. We never had to make anything like that, but what an awesome thing to find! That definitely was a great trip down memory lane…thanks for sharing! :)

  2. Sweet! I love scrapbooks…I started one 2 years ago and still needs to be finished ~sigh~ Maybe one day I will finish it. I really enjoyed seeing yours :)

  3. This was great!! It was so nice to learn more about you!

  4. You were in 5th grade in 99? Oh man, I was in my 2nd year of college! I feel old now. :)

  5. This is so cute! We didn’t have scrapbooks as such but we had books where people wrote messages to each other and stuck silly photos and random cut outs (I suppose a little like a home-made yearbook)! Each of us did one every year – I am not sure what happened to all of mine but I would love to relive those memories again. I have just done a scrapbook of our wedding and I already love going through it (even though it happened 2 months ago)!

  6. That is soooo cool!!! I would have loved to have done something like that, but didn’t. And all of my yearbooks were lost when my dad’s house flooded when I was at college … my room was in the basement. :( I can imagine it’s so neat to go back in time in your mind and see it all. I love all of those pics of you and John!! Thanks for sharing the memories, I love it!!

  7. That’s so cute! I love finding things like that! Whenever I do a massive cleaning I can’t help but go through old albums and pictures as I stumble across them. It’s so fun to look back!

  8. How sweet! That is such a lovely book to have, especially the page to your baby and about your first and only love! =)

  9. What a great school project!! I love that idea. It must be so great to look back through. I really enjoy scrapbooking and used to do it a fair bit. I find I just don’t have time now. I’ve done a few as gifts though and people always love them!

  10. Senior Scrapbooking is a great idea! I wish I had one of my own to look back on.

  11. We didn’t do anything like this is high school – wish we had, it’s such a great idea! The closest thing I have are the yearbooks from grades 8-11 that were signed by my friends. It’s not the same, though – a scrapbook is way more creative and fun and personal. What a great momento of your school days – something you’ll always cherish :-)

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  12. I had no idea you two were high school sweethearts – I love that!

    This scrapbook is a fun idea. Back in high school, my best friend and I were OBSESSED with scrapbooking. Coincidentally, we were co-editors of the yearbook (so it’s pretty obvious what theme we went with for page layouts haha). Those are all at my parents’ house but I laugh every time I look at them.

  13. I bet it was weird to look through! It is a beautiful scrapbook. I recently have been going through old boxes of stuff and finding old diaries and such, so hilarious at times!

  14. Oh what great memories that you so lovingly documented…Love your scrapbook….I have one, but my pages are just pictures and ribbons, etc…we did not have those gorgeous papers way back in the Dark Ages…!!
    Have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend!!

  15. i never realized that you and John were high school sweethearts! that’s so awesome! and how fun that you have that page that you wrote about him way back when :) . You will cherish that forever!!! i wish our high school did something like that.

  16. It’s pretty cool to have this memory with you to keep!

  17. I wish my high school had that as a senior project. We had to do 50 hours of community service, right a report about it & then do a presentation on what we did & what we learned.

  18. I have 2 scrapbooks that cover 7th grade through senior graduation. :) I looked through them the other day–definitely a fun trip down memory lane!

  19. This is a great idea! Although, there was probably some eye rolling at the time (???), I bet almost all of it is fun to read back on. (And if part of it isn’t because it’s cringe-inducing, you can at least feel good about having moved on and no longer being the same in those ways :) .

    The parts with your family and John and your child are definite keepsakes, and I also have a soft spot for Strawberry Shortcake myself. (Probably because we had a Strawberry Shortcake book that we read over and over when I was a little girl.)

  20. I’ve never heard of school’s requiring anything like this before, but it’s a great idea! I would love to know how my answers would change. So much fun to look back on!