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Posted 1/3/2014 by moniq407 in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 550,329
April 2012
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Posted: 1/3/2014 12:57:23 PM
I love crafting. Mini albums are so much fun!
I know this is my passion but I want to do something more with it this year.

I was thinking... The mini albums, and journals I've made mainly sit on my bookshelf. I love to make them but don't know what to do with them.... Thinking of a journal mini album ministry?
Maybe donating to patients in nursing homes or hospital??? Don't know. Does anyone do this or have any idea how to get started?? Or what I can do with my creations.


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PeaNut 260,218
May 2006
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Loc: Missouri

Posted: 1/3/2014 3:39:31 PM
Very neat idea. I have heard that foster homes like scrapbooks, so the kids can have a document of their lives as they move around. Also heard that Ronald McDonald homes like scrap gifts for the kids as well to document the process, as something for the family to do together, etc. I hope you find something.


PeaNut 590,954
July 2013
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Posted: 1/3/2014 3:44:10 PM
And people in nursing homes love gifts like that. They always are getting pictures of their grandkids and stuff. It would be nice to have a place to put them!


PeaNut 487,706
November 2010
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Loc: Wellington, New Zealand

Posted: 1/3/2014 6:49:23 PM
You could do a half and half? Do a mini album with every other page being a journal, telling more about the photos there, telling a story.

When I'm doing genealogy I notice that without context, names and dates are just names and dates, but it's the stories that go along with it, photographs, etc that make it a history.

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PeaNut 23,809
October 2001
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Posted: 1/3/2014 9:06:55 PM
I also love mini-albums and I work for my church. I've thought of having a class and teaching our ladies how to make one and calling it "Blessings and Healings" and it could be a little book that any time God does something for you, you write it down. It could be little like getting a front parking space or big like being healed of cancer but anything written down would strengthen your faith in God when you were going through something difficult. Also, it would be a great topic for me to teach ladies how to make something through papercrafting because most of them have no clue what it is.

I would buy all the supplies and have everything pre-cut and they would pay about $5 for the supplies only. Just an idea - if you're involved in a church you could do something like that.

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PeaNut 23,809
October 2001
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Posted: 1/3/2014 9:08:54 PM
I also like the idea of you making little journals and giving them to patients in hospitals because while you're just laying there, it's nice to write down your feelings. I would just call it a journal and say "here's a journal for you to write down what you're going through" but I think I'd ask the nurses for the people who they thought might enjoy one. Like not someone in a ton of pain or dying! My sister works at a hospital so I'm used to talking about stuff like that.

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PeaNut 254,376
March 2006
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Posted: 1/3/2014 9:30:42 PM
I really like the idea of foster kids having a book they can call their own - I think I have found some real inspiration in that notion people going through the journey of cancer/stroke - capturing their life; all great ways to use up our talent


PeaNut 537,679
January 2012
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Posted: 1/3/2014 10:03:21 PM
You can also sell them on Etsy. Just a thought

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PeaNut 581,519
February 2013
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Posted: 1/3/2014 11:13:35 PM
Years ago, I worked on a project called Scrap a little Sunshine. We made mini albums that were donated to the children's hospital, or the children's wing of your local hospital. There were no real hard and fast rules, but the general idea was that the books were made for children undergoing treatment or recovering in the hospital. The books were made, with the idea that the parents could take the books home, snap some pics of their childs favorite things, and put them in the book for their child to look at, and share, while at the hospital. It might be their room, their bike, their pet, the legos, their doll collection, their tire swing, whatever makes the child happy.

It turned out that they were good conversation pieces too, the kids could share with each other, or with their caregiver or just look at and enjoy while away from home. Good inspiration as well.

I was fortunate enough to take them to my local hospital, and they were thrilled! We had some neutral ones, definite boy ones and definite girl ones but it didn't matter, they were very happy.

I believe that particular project is no longer. The women who started it was a scrapbooker, and she herself was in need of a "sunshine book" that was how it got its beginnings, but I am quite sure you could do something along this line if you liked at your local hospital.

Just another idea.


PeaNut 536,750
January 2012
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Loc: Carlsbad, CA

Posted: 1/4/2014 12:45:11 AM
I truly believe in the field of art therapy. Absolutely!

Give these to a women's shelter, a support group, a domestic abuse survivors. There are some wonderful avenues that these could be used to help people heal.

Maybe a few quotes or journaling prompts could be included, too.
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