Like a homeschooling mom of 4 girls, scrapbooking for kids has been on my mind alot lately. Let me back up a lttle bit. My 4 year old was quietly playing one day with a roll of stickers. Afraid I was going to later find a bunch of stickers caught in the carpet, I asked her what she intended to do with them. The girl pondered for awhile and then said, “I am going to put them in a scrapbook. Mother, can I have my own scrapbook? ” For some reason, this caught me abruptly, as I thought how wonderful of your experience this could be! So, I started thinking about it more and came up with some tips and ideas to share with you on scrapbooking for childrens.
First of all of all, I will admit, I am cheap! I wasn’t sure how excited I might be at the thought of my 4 year old and her sisters cutting up my beautiful papers and glueing everything down in sight! Scrapbooking Classes In The USA I immediately thought of our local dollar store. They have collections that would be simply perfect for showcasing their creations in for the time being. The dollar store also offers scrapbooking supplies in the form of products, stickers and embellishments. We have an incentive system in place, where the women can earn a trip to the dollar store to buy their own scrapbooking supplies related to as they please. This alleviates the desire to “mess” with my stash while instilling a sense of responsiblity to earn thier reward!
Here are a few more cost saving tips:
*Have too many pictures to scrap? Let the kids scrap the leftovers.
*When developing photos, get double prints. Let the kids scrap with the increases.
*When you complete a task, put the leftovers and unused scraps in a container for them to use. They can create their own embellishments with the scraps. You will be amazed at what they can create!
One thing I do want to mention, when you scrap the first time with your children, be prepared to help and guide them. Don’t expect to get much done on your own pages until they begin to get a feel for what exactly they want to do and accomplish in their own scrapbooks. Now that they are ready to scrap, what should they scrap? Below are a few kid design ideas:
*Have them discard a page all about their favorite things at that particular age. (then replicate it for every single year and see how their faves have changed or stayed at the same)
*Have your kids scrap about their favorite activities or sporting events they can be involved in. I’m sure you have plenty of photos!
*Turn it into a learning experience and have them interview the subject of the photo. This may be great for older generations.
*If there aren’t enough photographs, have them draw pictures of people. Then watch how their drawings progress. Every single one of my women have a specific type of how they draw family members. It is interesting and fun to check out.
What about incorporating their artwork and creations? I am very blessed to get credit cards, pictures and artwork on an almost daily basis from my girls. Nevertheless what will you do with all of them? Here are a few ideas:
*Hang on the refrigerator for all to see. Then once the fridge contains large amount, take a picture of your son or daughter in front of their artwork and scrap the photo. You can even incorporate their artwork into the layout.
*Color copy and minimize the drawings/projects and use as photographs in your layout or as embellishments.
*Are you nearby the end of a move of film? Use up those last couple of shots of your infant’s artwork.
*Use pocket pages to “hold” your infant’s artwork.
*Create a “brag” book and give to grandparents or other loved ones as a special gift!
Even though I can be anal at times, I still want to incorporate my girls work into my scrapbooks as well. how to begin scrapbooking Afterall, they aren’t really my scrapbooks but for all to enjoy! Here are a few more ideas:
*Use child’s drawings as a background paper.
*Use their creations as embellishments. You’ll certainly be amazed at what they can create with some paper, scissors and cement adhesive!
*Interview them. Ask them questions about the photo, layout, their mood. This would lead to some awesome journaling!
I am hoping the above tips will give you some ideas on scrapbooking for kids!