Happy Wednesday everyone. It’s Aliza here again, talking about scrapbooking all about the stuff in your life. We have already covered those items that tell stories about your past, things that capture a little about yourself right now, and today, we will be talking about the next generation; our kids.
If you have children, you probably already have some of these layouts in your collection, though perhaps we can inspire you with a few more ideas.
The Littlest Ones
Certain things take on special importance with really little ones. The things that get chewed, rubbed, snuggled, dragged, and spit up on. While, in the moment, you might be worrying about how to wean your child off one of those things, I promise, they won’t be needing them in college. So, take a picture now, and record the story, because it will be over before you know it. (Says this mother of a twelve and fifteen year old.)
Kate made this layout about her daughter's special friend, that makes her feel better every time she is upset.
The Early and Middle Childhood Years
Oh, how chock full of stories this time of life is, especially when thinking about what your child loves, reads, and uses. Beloved toys can define a person’s childhood, as their hours and days are spent exploring, building, and creating. The beauty of recording their current loves,obsessions, and posessions, is that they often change. How amazing it is to be able to look back over the years, and see how a child's play has changed and developed over time.
Jennifer L. shares her son's love of the book Flotsam. A love that has endured over many years,
While Jennifer H. shares her son's current bedtime fave:
This year, Jennifer H.'s son loves dinosaurs,
and Kate's son's has been busy with Star Wars Legos.
But way back in 2006, he couldn't get enough Geotrax trains.
For us scrapbookers, I think stories about things that get our children making things with their hands, hold a special place in our hearts. It's not just the objects that we cherish, but their creative process as well.
In this layout, Kate documented a special coat that she made together with her son.
Jennifer L. recorded her son's success with a Smash book.
There was a time that I was kind of hoping one of my kids would fall in love with the Smash book too. (Imagine the bonding we could do!) Well, that never happened, but my younger son, did join in with the Rainbow Loom craze, though he discovered that it wasn't quite as easy as it looks.
Don't Forget Those Teens
As kids move into their teen years, they usually move on from toys, and very often that move is to clothes.
It is so much harder to find gifts and things for teens, but sometimes you get it just right, and it can be the beginning of a new hobby. Like when Laura got her daughter a turntable for her fourteenth birthday. They now buy and listen to music on vinyl all the time.
Sometimes, after it seems children have moved on from toys and games, you may find them rediscovering them again, though perhaps in a different way.
A Word about Transitions
As I said before, it's amazing to watch how children want and use and play with different things over the years. Once or twice a year, the boys and I do a nice thorough cleaning of their closet. Everything comes out, gets sorted through, and then my favorite part- getting rid of piles and piles of outgrown toys. I like to snap a few photos during this process, and record what we are keeping, what we will never throw away, and what we no longer need. It's a way of capturing the way my children are changing and growing.
Well, thank you for joining me again today!I hope to see you again tomorrow for a look at all the gadgets that we know and love. Oh, there are so many.