Also see Best Friends, Friendship Quotes, and Friendship Poems.

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This file includes ideas for scrapbook pages and albums about friends, friendship ABCs, ideas for cards and gifts to give to friends, and friend-related song lists.

Page Toppers

Friend Page Idea

Make the whole page look like a giant crossword puzzle. The one I saw was a grid of ten squares across and eleven squares down. It was drawn with a black pen. The black squares were cut from black paper. In case you want to duplicate the page here is where the black squares were (Row 1 #4; R 2 - #3,9; R3 - #3,10; R4 - #2, 10; R5 - # 3, 4, 5, 7; R6 - # 5, 8; R7 - #1, 9, 10; R8 - #2, 6; R9 - #3; R10 - #8 and R 11 - #5, 10) Polly G.
Starting on the 6th square of the first row the word "Friends" was written down. On the 4th row the word forever was written between the 2 black squares so that it intersected with the 'e' in the word "friends". Of course you could make up other titles. I assume you would put the photos of friends in the small white squares. If so I would probably make the squares a little bigger and have less squares each way. I can see it being used for the small wallet size photos exchanged by a lot of school students.

Certain People are a Joy to Know

People who know
how to brighten a day
with heartwarming smiles
and with kind words they say,

People who know
how to always come through
When there's anything
they can possibly do,

People who know
how to willingly share,
Who know how to give
And who know how to care,

Who know how to let
all their warm feelings show
Are people that others
feel lucky to know.

Friendship Album Idea: Put two lines of this poem across the top of two pages in a sentiments album. Make double page spreads of people you know that fit that part of the poem.

Circle of Friends

(for the title page of an album about a group of mutual friends)

Friends, you and me
You brought another friend
And then there were three.
We started our group
Our circle of friends
There is no beginning or end.

You are Loved

(for the title page of a friendship album)

You are so kind.
You are so special.
You are so funny.
You are so thoughtful.
You are so sincere.
You are so generous.
You are so loved.

by ME

Friendship ABC's

I decided not to make a specific list of ABC's for Friendship because each friendship is unique. If you want to make an ABC Album for a friend I suggest you start by looking at the poems and ideas below. Next check the page toppers, poems and quotes in the various Friendship files. Then check Miscellaneous ABC Lists for things your friend is interested in or that like to do together. The "Descriptive" list would also be helpful.

If I were making an ABC album for a friend I would put one of the poems below on the title page--adapting as appropriate. Then at the top of each page I would put a quote starting with that letter. I would make a word list using the resources mentioned above--being sure to include names and places. I would use photos that illustrated the words. If I didn't have many photos I would include memorabilia and poems or journal the reason I selected a particular word. You could also add pictures of yourself, places you both like to go or other mutual friends.

ABC's of Friendship

A Friend . . .
A ccepts you as you are
B elieves in "you"
C alls you just to say "HI"
D oesn't give up on you
E nvisions the whole of you
(even the unfinished parts)
F orgives your mistakes
G ives unconditionally
H elps you
I nvites you over
J ust because
K eeps you close at heart
L oves you for who you are
M akes a difference in your life
N ever Judges
O ffers support
P icks you up
Q uiets your fears
R aises your spirits
S ays nice things about you
T ells you the truths when you need to hear
U nderstands you
V alues you
W alks beside you
X xoxoxoxxxoooxxoxo
Y ells when you won't listen and
Z aps you back to reality

ABC's of Friendship

(another version)

A friend . . .
A ccepts you as you are
B elieves in you
C alls you just to say hi
D oesn't give up on you
E ncourages your dreams
F orgives your mistakes
G ives you support
H elps you be a better person
I nvigorates you
J ust likes to be with you
K eeps you close at heart
L oves you unconditionally
M akes a difference in your life
N ever judges you
O ffers to help out
P icks you up when you're down
Q uiets your fears
R aises your spirits
S ays nice things about you
T ells you the truth
U nderstands the real you
V alues your special qualities
W alks beside you
X -plains things you don't understand
Y ells your praises to the world
Z ests up your life

Why are you so special to me ?

Because I know I can depend on you.
Because you know when to laugh at me and when to take me seriously.
Because you sense the feelings behind the words.
Because you always see something positive in me.
Because you are never fake but are always honest with me.
Because you are a giver not only of your time but of yourself.
Because you are a rare combination of strength and sensitivity.
Because you know me better than most people.
Because you are not afraid to step out into the unknown.
And most of all because I have the privilege of calling you friend.

Note: Change this as needed and put on a card for a friend on their birthday or other special occasion.

A River

Life is like a river which
Flows through many turns
And changes, but even
When that river takes us
In different directions,
We will always find each other again--
Just around the next bend;
For our friendship is FOREVER,
Our friendship runs strong and deep.

Note: This is good to put on a card for a friend is going away to school, moving, or anything that will cause the two of you not to see each other as much.

To My Friend

I am a different person, a better person,
since we first became friends.

Your honesty helps me to see my weaknesses,
and your support helps me to turn them into strengths.

Thank you< for not saying the things you think I want to hear,
but for saying the things I need to know.

You're one of the few people
I trust when you tell me that I've done well,
because you are one of the few who will tell me
when I could do better.

You challenge me to be the best I can be . . .
by accepting and appreciating me,
you've helped me learn to accept and appreciate myself.

Thank you for being my friend!

Note: This can be altered as needed for a card after a friend does something especially helpful.

It's the thought that counts...

Write one of these poems on a card and give it as a gift along with an empty box.

A Gift of Love

This is a very special gift
That you can never see.
The reason it's so special
It's just for you from me.

Whenever you are lonely,
Or ever feeling blue,
You only have to hold this gift
And know I think of you.

You never can unwrap it.
Please leave the ribbon tied.
Just hold the box close to your heart.
It's filled with LOVE inside.

Friendship Gift

I took an ordinary box
As empty as can be.
I filled it with a special gift
And wrapped it carefully.

But please don't ever open it
Just leave the ribbon tied.
And hold it tightly near your heart
Because my love for you's inside!

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Songs about Buddies

Songs about Confidantes

Songs about Friendship

Songs about Pals

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