Create a dating scrapbook to chronicle your feelings for your significant other and your adventures as a couple. Ensure your album and photos last as long as your relationship by using archival-safe materials and storing the project in a dry place out of direct sunlight.
Chronicle the story of how you met with scrapbook layouts dedicated to the people who fixed you up, where you were when you first saw each other or your first impressions of each other. Include images of each of you before you met and handwrite text to display beside the photos that details what your lives were like before you met and how your attitude about dating changed when you saw each other.
Create relationship album pages that detail the romance, mishaps or meaningful moments from your first date. If you don’t have pictures from the occasion, accompany the text that describes the event with first date memorabilia. Include items such as ticket stubs from a movie, a takeout menu from the restaurant where you dined or a note from the flowers that your significant other brought you on the first date.
If you don’t want to attach the tidbits directly to the page, buy an acid-free envelope at the scrapbook store that matches your background page. Attach the envelope across the bottom of the page with double-sided tape and use it to store assorted items. Use the envelope technique to store memorabilia on other scrapbook pages, as well.
Document the events, occasions and adventures that have helped you bond as a couple. Create layouts featuring photos from vacations, family gatherings, parties with friends, romantic dinners or quiet evenings at home, for example. Include written observations that document the dates, locations and any significant events or anecdotes that you can’t see in the pictures. Ensure your significant other also writes text to accompany your pictures to include both of your “voices” in the dating scrapbook.
Include pages in the dating album that also celebrate who you are as individuals. Create layouts that discuss each of your hobbies and favorite things. Add pictures and text that document what you’ve learned from each other's interests and how some time apart also makes you stronger as a couple.
Plans for the Future
If the two of you have been discussing plans such as marriage, design layouts that discuss your hopes for the future. Pages that feature your written “wish lists” and pictures of dream wedding dresses, houses, home decor or baby nurseries clipped from magazines will be interesting to look at years down the road.
End the album with a “timeline” layout that includes photos and dates of your important dating milestones from the first meeting to your engagement to your wedding day, for example.