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Scrapbooking for Kids

by Dawn Stegall

As a homeschooling mom of 4 girls, scrapbooking for kids has been on my mind a lot lately. Let me back up a 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. She pondered for awhile and then said, "I am going to put them in a scrapbook. Mom, can I have my own scrapbook?" For some reason, this caught me by surprise, as I thought how wonderful of an experience this could be! So, I started thinking about it more and have come up with some tips and ideas to share with you on scrapbooking for kids.

First of all, I will admit, I am cheap! I wasn't sure how excited I would be at the thought of my 4 year old and her sisters cutting up my beautiful papers and gluing everything down in sight! I immediately thought of our local dollar store. They have albums that would be perfect for showcasing their creations in for the time being. The dollar store also offers scrapbooking supplies in the form of kits, stickers and embellishments. We have a reward system in place, where the girls can earn a trip to the dollar store to purchase their own scrapbooking supplies to do with as they please. This alleviates the desire to "mess" with my stash while instilling a sense of responsibility to earn their reward!

Here are a few more cost saving tips:

One thing I do want to mention, when you scrap for 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 start to get a feel for what they want to do and accomplish in their own scrapbooks. Now that they are ready to scrap, what should they scrap?

Here are a few layout ideas:

What about incorporating their artwork and creations? I am very blessed to get cards, pictures and artwork on an almost daily basis from my girls. But what do you do with all of them? Here are a few ideas:

Even though I can be anal at times, I still want to incorporate my girls' work into my scrapbooks as well. After all, they aren't really my scrapbooks but for all to enjoy! Here are a few ideas:

I hope the above tips will give you some ideas on scrapbooking for kids!

About The Author
Dawn Stegall is a homeschooling mom of 4 girls and owner of http://www.FaithfullyYours.net a Christian scrapbooking site. She is also a regular contributor at http://www.ThatScrapbookSite.com.

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