When you hang out in any type of scrapbooking community, you are bound to notice that a lot of the pages, discussions, and products center around families with young children. This is understandable since childhood is filled with many memorable moments, but memory making is not just limited to a certain demographic. Anyone can make and document special memories!
Scrappers with an “empty-nest” (regardless of whether or not the nest was ever filled) have some unique opportunities for enjoying special and also everyday moments worth scrapping. I’ve watched my own parents as their nest has emptied (it took a long time for them because we are all so spread out in age) and it’s fun to see what types of things they enjoy. I’ve used some of my mom’s ideas, as well as my own brainstorming to come up with a list that can inspire anyone to go out and make some memories. Even if your nest is still bursting at the seams, you can use these ideas for individual or date night breaks. It’s also ok to file it or pin it for later use.
Memory Making Ideas for Empty Nesters:
- Go on a photowalk. Take your camera and snap pictures of what you see. You can even use a prompt list or set a theme to guide you.
- Go out to eat at unusual hours – late night pancakes, mid-afternoon lunches, midnight buffets. Without little kids to rule your schedule, enjoy some freedom to mix things up a bit. Take pictures of your menu and what you order.
- Take drives or short trips. Document what is within a certain distance of your home (10 miles, 100 miles, etc.) in every direction.
- Act like a tourist in your hometown. Take tours of local attractions, see the sights during the off-season,
- Organize a group of empty-nesters and take turns planning activities. My parents have a once a month evening group where they rotate between different houses and enjoy activities together. Sometimes they even have someone come share a special trip or experience with the group.
- Find friends with similar interests. My mom is part of a group of ladies who are all grandmothers. They get together and talk about their kids and grandkids and enjoy a breakfast or lunch together. It’s one of her favorite things to be a part of!
- Do the kids stuff…without the kids! There’s no rule that says you have to have kids to go places like Disneyland, the park, or even sit down and play with play-doh or color with crayons. Sometimes those activities are even more fun when it’s just the grownups!
- Experiment and document with favorites. Have a taste test party and decide what your favorite brand of rootbeer is. Buy one of every type of apple in the grocery store and try them all to see which one you like the best. Document the results in writing and photos.
- Have a movie marathon and watch every movie in a series – all the Harry Potter movies, every John Wayne movie, or a selection of your favorites.
- Watch every episode in an older tv series. You can have show marathons and fall asleep on the couch.
- Create a “bucket list” of things you want to do. There are plenty of online helps to give you ideas.
- Take a class online or in person. Learn how to do something new. Record what you learn in words and pictures.
- Learn to use Skype and video chat with family and friends who live far away. You can even take screen shots to use for your layouts.
- Go to some festivals or fairs and enjoy local culture and cuisine.
- Practice your photography skills. We had a ton of photography posts here at The Daily Digi to help with this!
If you have any ideas to add to this list, feel free to leave them in the comments. We love to hear from you!
P.S. The title graphic was created with “Where the Heart Is” by Kaye Winiecki and DJB Play Misty for Me font by Darcy Baldwin.
P.P.S. Congratulations to Carole Mac who won TWO coupons of her choice from our January featured designers for sharing her layout on the post Therapy for Digital.