How to Make a Retirement Scrapbook

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Retirement is a huge step in a person's life. Many memories exist for this person, his family and his co-workers. Usually a third of each day is spent at work during the week, so people have a lot of emotion tied to their careers and jobs. Making a retirement scrapbook is a great way to memorialize the person's career and help him feel special as he starts a new page in his life. Read on to see how to make a retirement scrapbook.

Things You'll Need

  • Scrapbook album with acid-free pages
  • Acid-free paper and stickers
  • Acid-free markers
  • Scissors
  • Photos
  • Stories from co-workers and family members
  • Acid-free adhesive

How to Make a Retirement Scrapbook

  • Send an email or snail mail letter to co-workers and family members. Ask them to send you photos and stories about the retiree. You can either send paper to write or type a story on, or you can just have a piece of paper and then transfer the story to the scrapbook yourself.

  • Gather as much information as you can about this person's career. What was his position when he started in the company? Who was his boss? Did he get promotions or any honors? Talk to people who know the answers to these type of questions.

  • Organize the photos, stories and career information in some way. You can do it sequentially if you have a lot of information or stories from the beginning of the retiree's career until his retirement. If you have more recent stories, you can always organize by categories. For example, you could have different sections such as "Hard Worker," "Making it to the Top," "Funny Moments" and "Kind Words."

  • Leave the front page of the album open for a title page. Put a nice photo of the retiree with his full name, company name and years of service on the title page. Leave the back 2 or 3 pages empty for people to write messages at the person's retirement party. Make sure you provide acid-free markers for the guests to sign the retirement scrapbook.

  • Fill the middle pages with the stories and photos provided to you by co-workers and family. You can also add stickers, borders, colored paper and your own drawings to complete the pages.

Tips & Warnings

  • Try not to tell the retiree you are making a scrapbook as your retirement gift. People love to look at these, and their surprise and joy is worth all the time you spent creating it.

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