Memories are always meant to be preserved because these will remind people of the good experiences they had in their life times. In order to preserve good memories and experiences, more and more parents encourage their children to create their own scrapbooks at such an early age so they can keep their childhood memories intact.
Indeed, scrapbooking is one of the most effective and enjoyable ways of keeping memories safe and fun to look at. By collecting and keeping bits and pieces of memories together, anybody can create and tell a story. For children, scrapbooking can be a learning experience because this can teach them the value of resourcefulness, creativity, patience, and perseverance.
Scrapbooking is one enjoyable activity you can share with your kids. It can also be one of those activities they can share with their playmates and friends. But, before you get excited in starting to teach your kids the beauty of scrapbooking, there are some things you need to consider.
The first thing to consider in encouraging your kids to get into scrapbooking is their interest in the craft. If your child is one of those who are into arts and into collecting mementos to create another work of art. Then she or he is the perfect candidate for the activity because she/he already has the drive and the creativity to create another masterpiece.
But if your child is not yet interested with crafts and arts, it doesn’t mean he/she cannot indulge into scrapbooking. In fact, this is the perfect time to introduce him/her into a new world of exciting and enjoyable activity.
Aside from the interest of your child in crafts and arts, another thing you need to consider is the availability of space where your kids can do the activity. Since scrapbooking requires a lot of materials, you will need a space big enough for them to sprawl and to scatter the materials they will use for making the scrapbook. It is advisable that you provide a space where kids can do their scrapbook and a place where they can leave their stuff.
Next, you need to consider the amount of materials your child will need. Since you are about to teach him /her basic scrapbooking, you will need the materials which you can find in the four walls of your house. Here’s a quick list of the materials and supplies your kid needs: paper or scrapbook paper usually 12×12 in size, pens and colored pencils, photos, scrapbooking die-cuts and cut-outs, scrapbooking tools such as punchers, scissors, trimmers and rulers, stamps – rubber, clear and foam, adhesives and removers, stickers of different designs, color, and sizes, tags, different templates, totes and organizers, transparencies, albums and old scrapbooks, alphabets, books and scrapbooking magazines for scrapbook ideas, old cards, embellishments such as eyelets, brads, nails and tacks, colored and specialty papers, and scrapbook apparels such as scrapbook kits for starters.
Here are some cost saving tips for parents who wish to teach their children scrapbooking but don’t have the means to buy expensive scrapbooking supplies and materials:
1 Gather old pictures and let your kids scrap the photos you no longer need.
2. Whenever you go to the developing center, ask for the double prints and let your children experiment with the doubles.
3. After completing a specific project, make sure that you put the leftovers and unused scraps in a container so the kids can use it for another scrapbooking session.
4. Go over your old stuff and bring out the supplies you will no longer use.
5. Guide the kids in making scrapbooks so they will not consume supplies, time and effort in doing projects they cannot use.
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