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Spiritual Scrapbooks...Have you considered including your spiritual journey in your scrapbooks? Thinking about spirituality and faith when creating pages can help you come up with some great new scrapbook ideas. Sharon Sheridan says spiritual albums are a tool for exploring and celebrating faith through photos, writings and keepsakes.

"It's a powerful way to see where you have gone and where you are going," says Sheridan, author of "Pages of Faith," (Morehouse Publishing, $24), a how-to guide for creating a spiritual album.

Albums can contain baptism records, photos from mission trips, bible camps or holidays. You might also consider reflecting on the experiences you've had that have helped you develop your sense of faith or spirituality.

Owner of custom scrapbook company Generations by Design, Kristin Bird includes spiritual and personal reflections in the journaling she puts on many of her pages. She has journaled about her faith on pages that remember the death of family members, her favorite holiday church service, a mission trip to the Dominican Republic, and the birth of her children.

"When my daughter was born, I looked into her eyes and saw a wisdom there that had to have come from God. So, I included a page in her baby album that included a picture of her from those first moments and a letter I wrote to her about the innocence and wisdom of her first moments in this world." Bird, who has also begun an album devoted to the spirituality of her family, feels that passing on her sense of spirituality and faith is just as important as passing on her memories.

So, next time you find yourself stuck in a rut, take some time to reflect and mediate on the spiritual events and experiences of your life or the life of your family. Include your reflections on faith in your journaling, and you just might find yourself with more than an fresh page with new scrapbooking ideas. You may even end up learning more about yourself and your faith!

Check back regularly for more new scrapbook ideas!

Last Updated: July 24, 2007

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