Scrapbooking

Duration: long

Age: child

Skill for Bub: hand eye coordination, basic motor skills, communication skills,

summary:

Scrapbooking is the art of preserving your best memories in an album of your choice. There is no right or wrong way to do it and anyone of any age can give it a try. Use your scrapbook to document family history, tell the story of your holidays, create unique gifts for friends and family, or to keep your photos and memories organised. If your feel your child is a bit young to start scrapbooking don’t give up on the concept altogether get them to make a simple card.

How to get started!

1. The first step is to do a bit of shopping. Set yourself a budget and visit your local specialty, variety or local discount store for some supplies. Buy just the basics at first. These can include:
- Paper punches in different shapes and sizes. These are great for little hands. They can punch fun shapes from lots of different scraps of paper and glue them anywhere. It also means they don’t have to use the scissors all the time which is especially good for younger children.
- Safety scissors and a paper trimmer. Kids can use the safety scissors with supervision and a parent should always control the paper trimmer.
- Acid free glue. This will stop the project from turning yellow.
- Acid free and lignum free paper. These are readily available and will protect your project from deteriorating over the years. Remember, you are creating memories that you want to keep for the future.
- A range of stickers that can be used on different pages like stars, animals and smiley faces.

2. Once you have the basics you can branch out and buy other materials like:

- Stamps and stamp pads
- Cutting mats
- Stencils and templates
- Double sided tape
- Decorative rulers and scissors