Scrapbooking Ideas for Teens and Tweens
Looking for some fresh new scrapbooking ideas for teens or tweens? This age demographic can be every bit as creative and introspective as us, and scrapbooking is an art that should be introduced to them as well.
Whether your child is a master shutterbug or diy-er, putting those talents into an amazing memory book is something to be encouraged.
When I was this age, I collected movie and concert ticket stubs, train tickets from my visit to Europe, and heck one time I included a real piece of currency too! All of them went into my scrapbook at the time. If yours are anything like that and have a real devotion to saving their memories, here are some great scrapbooking ideas that teens and tween kids will really get into!
Encourage Kids To Make Their Own Albums From Scratch!
If you really want to teach creative kids how to really up the ante in the make-it-yourself department, encourage them to build the albums too! The process of gathering cardstock and paper and choosing the front and back covers will teach some really amazing skills.
Something as basic as cardstock can serve as the cover. Punch three holes along the edges of two pieces of cardstock which will make up the front and back scrapbook album cover.
Use a length of ribbon or narrow satin cord to weave through the holes to bind them together in addition to the paper you are using. Voila – they’ve got a brand new book to work with!
Be sure to incorporate the kind of supplies that you use in your endeavors, as well as the use of acid and lignin-free paper to work with – never too soon to start learning good habits early on.
Creating a Sticker Album
Young girls especially love stickers! I remember an ongoing project that I participated in with gusto – making a sticker book! I used to collect stickers like it was going out of style. I had the “scratch and sniff” ones that were popular, some that had some kind of plasma-like stuff in them that you could push on with your fingers and it would change appearance altogether, to name a few.
Stickers are every bit as popular now as they were when I was in grade school! My birthday was a few days ago and so I’m in memory-lane mode a little right now 🙂 If and when I come across my old sticker album, I will take a picture and update this post 🙂
Postcard and Greeting Cards
Incorporating cards is another great book idea. Whether they were received from a friend, or perhaps even cards made on their own, they can possess sentimental value and should be treated as such, that is – included with a scrapbook.
This can include sports memorabilia like baseball, or maybe even fictional characters from TV shows. I think these were called “trading cards” back in the day but not sure that’s the right words or not. Boys can have a ball if their hobbies include collecting baseball (or other sport) cards, which can have some real market value depending on their age.
Young boys who love sports should definitely consider creating a scrapbook around this hobby. Encourage your son (or daughter; I know both genders enjoy sports) the skill of selecting a good set of page protectors made for cards, and to organize them according to such things as dates, teams, record holders, etc.
Pictures of Friends at School
Teens and tweens cherish their friendships and what better way to immortalize those happy times than to include snapshots of besties and buds in their own book? They can embellishment those snapshots with bling, washi, ribbons and other bric-a-brac to highlight their happy times.
CD Cover Liners
Most of us when we were young we really enjoyed a handful of popular recording artists – Inside CDs you always see a great deal of artwork in addition to lyrics, credits, photos of the group, I know I’ve had fun attempting to design CD covers (as soon as I found the dimensions) or incorporate the layout into paper art.
School Event Mementos
Things like the prom, homecoming, and planned trips from extracurricular activities, e.g chorus, and band, make great scrapbook fodder for teens as these are such memorable occasions to be treasured for life. Girls and guys alike should plan on collecting souvenirs from the event, whether tickets, programs, or photos.
Even something like a fancy napkin printed with the logo of the venue in question, are all scrapbook memory magic waiting to happen!
Begin the Road to Creativity Early!
So there you have it, you can teach kids to scrapbook at almost any age, and with almost anything as far as themes go to draw from to create their books. There’s no time like the present to promote the value of learning to scrapbook to teens and tweens!