MaryJane's Farmgirl Sisterhood

Earning Farmgirl Sisterhood Merit Badges

Stitching & Crafting

13. Scrapbooking

Beginner Level

  • Make a scrapbook to commemorate a special event for a friend. Include pictures and mementos from the special day. Wrap it up and surprise your friend with this special gift.

Intermediate Level

  • Try incorporating different elements into your scrapbook like fabrics, tatting, or dried flowers.
  • Make an heirloom scrapbook on a topic like “Day in the Life” or “I Remember When” to give to a young person you care about. Learn about how fibers and photographs age and how to care for them. Read chapters 1, 3, and 11 of Saving Stuff: How to Care for and Preserve Your Collectibles, Heirlooms, and Other Prized Possessions by Don Williams and Louisa Jaggar. Find out about scrapbooking terms like vellum and lignin. Include journaling or storytelling in your scrapbook to give your reader a sense of context or what’s going on behind the scenes. This is a great opportunity to try different styles of penmanship. (The book required for this badge is available on loan from MaryJanesFarm; contact
  • Take a picture or scan one of your scrapbooks or scrapbook pages and share it with your farmgirl Sisters.

Expert Level

  • Look up a fine art book and take note of the design elements. Look at the composition of the subjects and the colors in paintings you find especially beautiful. Look for relationships between where the artist places important subjects. Try using a composition or color palette from a favorite painting in your scrapbook pages.
  • Make a historical scrapbook. Read Organizing and Preserving Your Heirloom Documents by Katherine Scott Sturdevant. Use your historical scrapbook to tell a family history or an interesting story from your town’s past. (The book required for this badge is available on loan from MaryJanesFarm; contact
  • Share your scrapbooking expertise.

January, 2011 Edition