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Monday, May 20, 2013

A Step-by-Step Guide to Create a Scrapbook With Your Kids

Children love anything to do with craft. Children thrive in an environment filled with cutting up paper, choosing colours, peeling off stickers and using glue sticks. An ideal way to channel this creative interest is to create a scrapbook. This activity can also develop their fine motor skills. Children can, at times, have a short attention span, so this is an ideal activity that can be done for short periods but to which pages can be added as the years progress. Children can then look back on their handiwork and can see how their skills have developed and changed since they first began this project.

Choose a topic

This scrapbook can be a personal book, filled with favorite holidays, friends, pets, sports or special occasions. Another idea is a scrapbook depicting a school timeline, starting off with kindergarten, prep and every year at school. It could even be a scrapbook containing birthday celebrations only, from birth through to the present and adding pages to it each year.

Choose the photos

Once you have chosen a topic, choose the relevant photos. Ideally choose 3-5 photos but explain that they might not all fit onto the page once decorations and embellishments have been chosen.

Choose a color scheme

Choose a few different colors with coordinating embellishments. Let your child choose which colors they would like to use. Do not give them too many to choose from, as this can sometimes be overwhelming.

Choose the scrapbooking tools

Explain the tools that will be used, such as paper trimmer, decorative scissors, tape runner, corner cutters, etc. Explain to them what they can use now and teach them how to use tools safely. If you are scrapbooking with younger children, explain that they will be able to use some of the tools when they are older.

Choose paper

Lightweight paper will be easier for your child to cut, instead of using cardstock. Now you have chosen the photos, choose decorative embellishments, such as stickers, die cut outs or embellishments to enhance the scrapbook pages. Now you are ready to put the scrapbook together! Once your child has made their first scrapbook, they will possibly want to go on and make more. Scrapbooking is a great activity that can be done on a weekly or monthly basis. You can continue where you left off at any stage. Scrapbooks come in all sizes, so smaller ones might be suitable to make a memory of a family holiday or to make a scrapbook to give as a gift. Scrapbooks made by children are eagerly received by family members or special friends as keepsake gifts. When scrapbooking with children, it is important to remember to let them make most of the decisions. This will be a good learning process for them. They may need help cutting larger pieces of paper or cutting complicated shapes. A good idea is to have custom stickers made. While they are choosing which stickers to use, you can be cutting the paper. Children will need to feel involved at each stage of scrapbooking.


Jessica is a stay a home mum and when her kids are at school she loves the art of flower arranging in her spare time. She loves sharing her tips and tricks with other fellow green thumbs and creating arts and craft ideas for her kids.

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MikiHope said...

What a great activity for kids--especially when the weather outside is not good! This will certainly keep them interested for hours!

Nicole A. said...

I so need to make a scrapbook. I have a good deal of the supplies and some great books just waiting to be used. I just never seem to have the time and I want to get it all just right. I really want a silhouette machine.

Melinda Dunne said...

I love scrapbooking. I have really made some incredible ones but my favorite books are the ones that my son helped me with. You can tell which pages he did because there are like 30 stickers on a page. It is a great memory that will last a lifetime.

Shannon Marie Baker said...

This is Great! I have never been in to scrap booking but I"m a photo freak and have millions of them.

Darla Fields said...

I need to do a scrapbook with my son. We have tons of photos stuffed in boxes. Thanks for the tutorial

Jennifer Williams said...

I wish I knew how to do scrap booking. I have tried and tried and just never got it.

Cyndie said...

I am going to do this as summer activity

bonnie holt said...

This is a great idea I will have to try this with my son.Love the pictures of the kids

becca said...

what a fun project

jheylo said...

Looks fun and the kids enjoyed cutting too :D fun activities

Jenn Lord said...

nice little bonding time with the kiddos. i love scrapbooking too. never had the chance to do it lately though.

Corinne said...

I do this with my kids. They love decorating the pages. Their favorite part though is looking through the scrapbook when it's all done.

Healy Harpster said...

Thank you for sharing the tips. I will definitely try this summer!

Mel Cole said...

I miss scrapbooking. that's a fun activity you've done together with your kids sis. it will make them proud that they can do great art and keep memories in a book.

April M. said...

cute scrapbook and it looks like evryone had fun making it.

Adin B said...

Scrapbooking is sure fun to do with kids. Awe! Look at your kids mommy Rose. they seem to enjoy it a lot. I used to scrapbook too, but so many things got in the way and I stopped. I want to continue it again this summer when we get back to our old place. :) Lovely photos too!

amiableamy said...

This is really fun and exciting activity for the family.

nova hedges said...

Interesting, I like how you have the list and that's similar to what i do with my scrapbooks too. I guess I have to continue and finished them up before another batch comes.

MaiThreeBoyz said...

Time flies by so fast when you're scrap booking. It's messy, it's tiring but it's super fun and it relieves stress and you get to relive the memories. Great activity for kids as it brings out the creativity in them.

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