Weekly Warm-Up: Use Letters on Your Layouts

Happy Monday, CK readers!

Have you thought about how you, as a scrapbooker, are your family’s storyteller? To help you with this important job of telling your family’s story, try incorporating letters on your layouts. 

The personal nature of these documented facts and feelings written from one generation to another are worth preserving!  Here are some ideas for how to get started.

Share Letters Written to a Parent

Include sweet letters that your children have written to you on a layout. Incorporate them as journaling or tuck them in envelopes. You can house multiple letters or cards on one page by stitching a baseball card sleeve to your layout, as CK contributing writer Cindy Tobey did on her “Sweet Letters” layout, as seen in the May/June 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine.


To try this on your next layout:

* Simply scan the letters into your computer.

* Reduce the size in order to fit several on a page.

* Print out the letters and insert them in the card sleeve.

Now you can easily pull the letters out to be read anytime, and any artwork can be incorporated while still being protected.

Letters to a Child

What better way to share your memories with a child than to include a letter for them on a layout about them? Think about what you’d want to say to your child, say on his or her graduation or wedding day. Or create a layout for your daughter to read after the birth of her own child. Deena Wuest, contributing writer, took a digital approach to this idea on her “Now You Now” layout, as seen in the May/June 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine.


We hope these layouts inspire you to grab a letter (or pen one) and get scrapbooking! 

And for more parent letter scrapbook layout ideas, check out the May/June 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine. Leave a comment about a letter you want to scrapbook for your chance to win a copy of the May/June 2011 issue!

Amber Ellis, online senior editor

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23 Responses to Weekly Warm-Up: Use Letters on Your Layouts

  1. tammy g says:

    I usually write my children a letter on their birthday to document the current news or accomplishments in their life.

  2. Heather I. says:

    WOW! Amazing projects!!! Juste lovely goodness!!!Someone who inspires me is my friend Melissa, from my Bible Study group (we do a couples bible study 1x week). She’s a midwife, and teaches, and is an amazing mom, wife, sister, and daughter. On top of that she still makes time for the Lord and helping others do the same. Her patience is immeasurable – and she’s an inspiration to everyone who knows her.

  3. cindy barriga says:

    I would love to write my Great Grandma a letter. She was an amazing woman and I want her to know I love her and miss her dearly. <3

  4. Jen R says:

    I don’t have any children, but I think it’s a very sweet idea to scrap a letter to them!

  5. Jenny McGee says:

    I have a few letters from my grandmother when I was a teenager as an exchange student. I would love to scrapbook these, since she has since passed away.

  6. c@rol w says:

    I have a handwritten letter from my mother to my brother from 30+ years ago in response to his question: why am I alive? My brother was going through a particularly hard time in his life and had a discussion with her about him being born with blue lips because the cord was wrapped around his neck. He thought he should have been born dead. Isn’t that awful? He has a heart the size of Texas but unless you really, really know him, he doesn’t let you see it. But I’ve seen it!

  7. Jacquelyn says:

    I want to scrapbook my one and only letter from my great-grandmother. She was such an intelligent and unique lady with a very unusual knack for finding the beauty and value of seemingly unimportant things. She sent this letter to me out of the blue, about how wonderful the letter “E” was. It’s a beautiful letter that I cherish!

  8. Emily Keaton says:

    I would love to capture the sweet letter my 8YO son wrote me for Mother’s Day this year. He wrote that he loves it when I make him health foods. {grin}!!

  9. Melissa says:

    I’d love to write a letter to my future children and scrapbook it.

  10. ejensen says:

    My Little Miss (who is almost 4) loves to write. I love her haphazard “mom” and “dad” notes she writes and her jumble of letters that don’t quite form words yet. It’s not just a letter, it’s a work of art.

  11. Dee R says:

    What a great idea! I have a letter my father wrote to me and I have been trying to find a way to put in on a page but also keep it private ( for now) and safe.

  12. Colleen Brown says:

    I want to write letters to each of my kids to include in the front of their albums. I think this would be so special

  13. Annette says:

    I would scrapbook one of many of the letter my husband wrote me when he was in Iraq. They were all so sweet and loving. It would make for a sweet story…thanks

  14. Kirsten says:

    I would love to learn how to do this & write letters to both my kiddos.

  15. Candita says:

    This is such a great idea. I have this pretty little drawing my son made for me when he was 3. It’s a picture of him holding a giant heart. I have had it taped up at work, it gets me through the day.

  16. Ange says:

    I want to scrapbook letters to each of my kids from me and from my husband. That kind of stuff is just awesome to go back and read.

  17. photochic says:

    I would love to include a letter to my little sister on a layout so that later she can read it. :)

  18. charlene says:

    cool idea! I have some letters from the kids and I think something from my mom that would be cool to do.

  19. Rebecca says:

    I would love to scrap letters to my children, telling them what a I wish for them – think I might just need to do that soon! :) Thanks for the chance!

  20. Carol M. says:

    Luckily I saved several letters/postcards from my Dad to my Mom when he was in Europe during WWII. I am planning to put them in an album about their life together (40 years)!

  21. SusanStratton says:

    I am opposite of a hoarder..I am a throw-it-away person. I wish I had kept letters from my parents & kids. Fortunately by the time the grandkids came along, I was saving letters for my scrapbooks. They will be included.

  22. Gerry says:

    I was suggested this blog by way of my cousin. I\’m now not positive whether this publish is written through him as nobody else realize such special about my trouble. You are incredible! Thanks!

  23. I usually write to my mom during her birthday or during mother’s day. but lately she has been so helpful with some of the adjustments I have to make in life and I am thinking of giving her something as a token of appreciation and this idea of writing a letter is sweet and she’ll love it. :)

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