Faith booking is an important part of scrap booking your heritage!
Even those new to scrap booking know that it is the best way to
preserve memories of vacations, birthdays and other special events in our
lives. But with faithbooking the focus is on our spiritual journey and the faith
heritage that we want those who come behind us to remember about
us! Faithbooking, in simple terms, is putting the face of God on our
scrapbook pages. As believers, we, like Jacob, see God face to face
every day during our daily activities (Genesis 32:30.) Faithbooking is simply
incorporating our beliefs and experiences with God with the memories we
leave for our children (and children’s children) through scrap booking. What
greater legacy could we leave?
Adding faith to our pages can be done in many different ways through titles, scripture stickers and
tags, or journaling blocks. Many scrapbookers incorporate their faith by adding scripture verses to
their layouts of life activities such as school or trips to the zoo. There are several scripture
concordances for scrap booking on-line if you search for them.
Others add faith to their pages through layouts of faith based activities such as Vacation Bible
School, Mission Trips, or Christmas Candlelight Services. Some faith bookers dedicate entire
books to their spiritual growth, much like a journal. And others combine photos of life events with
the underlying spiritual experience they felt during that time. Examples of this might include photos
of a majestic sunrise (or sunset) or a hike to a mountain top and the scrapper’s feeling of God’s
awesome power, joy, and majesty. Faith based pages could also include photos taken during a
child’s (or other’s) struggle with illness with the journaling revealing the spiritual growth that
accompanied this time (“During the Storms of Life, God Will See Me Through.”) Faithbooking can
also be a way to focus on the people in our lives who have been an inspiration to us as we grow
spiritually (“Faithful Women in My Life”; “Men of Integrity.”
Journaling is the heart of faithbooking. Hidden or ‘front and center’, this is where we share with
future generations what our relationship with God was like as we grew in our faith throughout our
lives. As Christians, we desire that all who come behind us find us faithful.
Scrapbooks should reflect both the good times and the struggles we face as we go through life.
Lessons learned that reflect our spiritual growth can be invaluable to future generations as they
grow through struggles of their own. Many people aren’t comfortable with having their personal
thoughts and situations “out there” for everyone to read as they casually look through our books.
Hidden journaling is the answer!
Hidden journaling can be accomplished in several different ways. One of the easiest is to mount a
photo on a card stock mat that is ‘hinged’ with tape to a journaling mat underneath. You can direct
attention to this journaling by attaching a tab, ribbon, or fiber. Or you can leave it for others to find (or
not) on their own. A hidden pocket can be made by attaching the photo to a dimensional surface
(corrugated paper or cardboard) that has a hidden pocket cut out of the back. Journaling is done on
a tab that slides behind the photo. A favorite way to hide journaling is by writing it on tags that are
placed in pockets on the layout.
Regardless of your scrapbook style, if faith is an important part of your life then you will want to
preserve this for future generations. Let’s begin today to capture those moments when we feel God’
s presence on our scrapbook pages.