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ABC Albums for Children

ABC albums for children are great gifts for any age and will become one of their most treasured possessions.  Use one letter of the alphabet for each page or pair of pages and then fill them with pictures from their lives representing each letter.   Leftover pictures not used in other albums are perfect for this type of thing.  You can also include stickers or die cuts to add a little variety.  Making a border using words beginning with the letter is also a cute touch.  For example, on the page titled "A is for..." use pictures, die-cuts or stickers of aunts, apples, angel, airplane, etc.  Use these words to create a border around the page. 

To encourage learning and creativity, you may want to have a child help you to create their own ABC album.  Let the child choose their favorite photos, stickers, die cut letters and shapes, and memorabilia pertaining to a letter. 

You may also want to use the ABC album as an "alphabetized story of one's life."  "B" could tell about a child's special relationship with their brother.  For the letter "K" tell about the child's first day of Kingergarten.  "Z" could be the story of a trip to the zoo.  

A Sentimental ABC Album for a Friend

The following poem would make a great album to give to a special friend.  Use one line for each page and add your pictures or other memorabilia.

Accepts you as you are
Believes in you
Call you just to say "Hi"
Doesn't give up on you
Envisions the whole of you despite the unfinished parts
Forgives your mistakes
Gives unconditionally
Helps you
Invites you over
Just likes to be with you
Keeps you close to her heart
Loves you for who you are
Makes a difference in your life
Never judges
Offers support
Picks you up
Quiets your fears
Raises your spirits
Says nice things about you
Tells you the truth when you need to hear it
Understands you
Values you
Walks beside you
X-plains things you don't understand
Yells when you won't listen and
Zaps you back to reality

-Author unknown

An  ABC Album for the Grad

Create a treasured graduation gift for a special teenager by creating an ABC album for them.  Ask the teen's friends, relatives, coaches, and teachers to help.  Give each person a page with a letter.  Let them add the photos, stickers and journaling.  Give an aunt the letter "A"; the basketball coach the letter "B";  a sibling can do a congratulations page for the letter "C" and so on.  For more difficult letters have friends fill in with journaling.  For example for the letter "I" someone can do a page that says "I like you because..."  "X" can be a page for autographs.  "X marks the spot for you to sign here."

A cute title page would say "Graduation means you've mastered so much since you learned your ABCs in kindergarten.  This book is a reminder of how much."