Hellloooo and welcome to Teen Talk here at Write Click Scrapbook! I'm Katrina, mom to two amazing teenagers - 18yr old Hope, and 13yr old Austin. I know it's hard for some of you to imagine now, but those darling toddlers will soon be entering middle school, learning to drive, graduating from high school, and starting college. Eeeekkkks! Time really does fly (can someone figure out how to stop that, please?)...
The teen years are chock full of milestones, activities, and memories. Even though you may have to beg for photos a little more (or bribe with starbucks), you'll have so much material to work with! This week, we'll talk about some of the "categories" that you'll want to make sure that you capture...
- School - first days, study habits, favorite classes, graduation, and transitions - that's plenty of homework for a scrapbooking mom!
- Sports - what do you do with the 100s of basketball, football, volleyball, and ______ (insert your child's sport here) photos on your hard drive? - you make action packed layouts, of course!
- Stuff - teen lives are rich with pop culture (some of it resides on their bedroom floor) - capturing what is totally cool right now helps mark time, and will make them roll their eyes years from now (bonus points for anyone who busts out a Justin Beiber layout)
- Style - teens + fashion = a wealth of inspiration!- even if they're too old for dress up, you can still scrapbook their creative costumes.
- Special Occasions - you'll have plenty of opportunities to play paparazzi when you have teens around - from field trips to sweet sixteens to proms - teens know how to make it memorable.
Today, let's start with School. It's the weekday activity that teens love to hate. You may have to cajole your teens into letting you take 1st day of school pics - or you may have to settle for photos taken around the general timeframe (it's all about rolling with the punches....).
Ideas for teen school layouts:
Beginnings - It's fun to reflect on first days...especially milestone days like the first day of junior high, or high school. I created this layout when my daughter was starting high school. It's especially fun to look back on this now that she's in college!
Endings - graduations guarantee many photo ops! I scrapbooked Hope's graduation from middle school, and before I knew it, I was scrapping her high school graduation!
Everything in between - favorite classes, treasured teachers, tough academic subjects - they're all fair game for teen layouts. It's also fun to create layouts that capture a period of your teen's life, like this layout of my son's three years in middle school (aren't glad he got a haircut?).
Tune in tomorrow for another edition of Teen Talk!
today's teen tip: ask your child's teacher if he/she posts homework assignments online...you'll be a few clicks away from less nagging!