All I have to do is peek into the disaster that is my teen's room, and I'm reminded that there is a lot of stuff that occupies a life. As scrapbookers, we've become skilled at capturing snippets of our everyday lives...so why not do the same for your teen?
Teen STUFF lends itself to layouts about rooms, fave clothes, musical tastes, well-loved books, and gadgets. Don't stress if your teen has adopted a "no 'rents allowed" policy - simply hand them a camera! Teens loooove to take photos (mine shout "Facebook!" whenever they snap a self-portrait), and probably won't mind if you borrow a few shots.
When documenting what's cool in your teen's life right now, be sure to include...
Fashion - You can sneak your teen's fashion choices into just about any layout. One of the reasons that I wanted to use this photo of my daughter on a layout was so that I could document her super cool shades. If you can't convince your teen to put on a fashion show, just offer to do his/her laundry...then sneak a few pics!
Their Space - I know it's a scary prospect to venture into a teen's room...but you can do it! Grab your camera, and take a tour of your teen's space. It's sure to be a great view of their life! Top Picks - Ask your teen to write a top ten list of their favorite books, tv shows, or movies. Ask for a playlist from their ipod. Or how 'bout a list of top 5 facebook status updates or tweets?
Tell your teen that scrapbooks are just like time capsules - 10 or 20 years from now, they'll marvel at what they loved when they were young. Everything comes back in fashion eventually anyway - so they'll be able to show that they were cool way back in the day!
today's teen tip: let go of the messy room battles - simply close the door. Adopt a "no food or drink in bedroom" policy to prevent science projects from growing - but otherwise? Butt out! It's really easier on everyone.