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KID'S SCRAPBOOK

Contributed by Leanne Guenther

We all love our kids, don’t we?  Adore them, really.  I would do anything for my tender little tikes.  I’d die for them.  I’d kill for them.  But let’s be honest.  Sometimes, just sometimes, they are the ones I’d like to strangle.  My husband and I were discussing it and decided the odd thing is,  that it’s often the things we love the most that push us over the edge.  From that little realization came the idea for this craft.  We gave it as wedding gifts from the girls to two young couples that had no children (yet!).  It also makes a great mother or father’s day gift.

The general premise of this project is:

Your child’s name TOP 5 REASONS TO HAVE KIDS
and
Your child’s name TOP 5 REASONS NOT TO HAVE KIDS

Sort of the ying and the yang of parenting.

99% of my crafts are pretty much just for young kids.  But this one is fun for the young and old alike (I love making scrapbooks!!)

This project is by far the largest I've put on my site.  But don't be intimidated!  Rather than making an entire scrapbook, you can just pick your favorite pair and make a reversible picture.
 

Materials:

Instructions:

THE TEMPLATES

I’ve put various thoughts on what you might put on the page, but there’s lots of opportunity here to use your imagination!  You can either read the thoughts and ideas below and click on the individual templates you want to print.  Or you can click here (Colour) or (Black & White) to go to small pictures of the various templates to get a feel for what they look like.  Not all of the templates have been completed yet, but you can put them together yourselves with a little imagination.

Stay tuned for more!
 

TEMPLATE SET 1:

PLAYING IN THE BATHTUB   THE FACT THAT IT TAKES ONE UMBRELLA, TWO PARENTS AND SIXTEEN TOWELS TO GIVE THEM A BATH  
  • rainjacket, rainboot, or umbrella magazine pictures (or stickers)

Template for   (color)   or   (B&W)  

 

TEMPLATE SET 2:

THEY MAKE YOU FEEL YOUNG

  • Try using a photo of mom or dad when they were young.
  • Or use a photo of mom or dad doing something youthful with the kids (like playing catch)
  • Cut the photo into a circle shape and glue to the center of the sunshine on the template.

Template for   (color)   or   (B&W)   

 

THEY MAKE YOU FEEL OLD

  • weird clothes or weird hair magazine pictures (things mom or dad wouldn’t be caught dead in)

 

TEMPLATE SET 3:

THEIR PEACEFUL SLEEPING FACES

  • take some light blue and white paint and swirl it together (don’t mix it, just swirl it around).  Dab a sponge into the paint and then blot it onto a paper towel (kids like sponge painting paper towels as much as they like sponge painting scrapbooks!)  Then sponge the entire blank area of the template to give a sort of peaceful/serene cloudy look to the background.
  • Cut out a picture of an angel from old cards or child’s artwork (colouring books make a good source!)

Template for   (color)   or   (B&W)  

 

THEY WAY THEY SCREAM WHEN YOU TELL THEM IT’S BEDTIME 
  • Find a photo of your child crying, complaining or pouting.  Or spend a week snapping pictures of them every time they look grumpy.  Actually, do this even if you aren’t going to make the scrapbook the reactions you get are hilarious! (kind of a cross between “have I forgotten how to whine” and “mommy’s completely lost it this time” *grin*)
  • Cut the photo out so that it fits into the circle part of the moon.

Template for   (color)   or   (B&W)  

 

TEMPLATE SET 4:

HUGS AND KISSES

  • put some bright red lipstick on your daughter and have her kiss a sheet of white paper (tissue paper works well here).
  • Cut out the kisses and glue them to the template.

Template for   (color)   or   (B&W)   

 

TEMPER TANTRUMS

  • Draw little devil horns and a devil mustache on the photo

Template for   (color)   or   (B&W)  

 

TEMPLATE SET 5 (yes, it’s supposed to say the same thing twice here):

FINGERPAINTS

  • Cut out some of the nicer pieces of artwork your child has done.
  • For younger kids, you can have them fingerpaint and then cut out some shapes (like hearts or butterflies)

Template for   (color)   or   (B&W)  

 

FINGERPAINTS

  • Make a fingerpaint handprint right in the center of the “important document template”  Use a small amount of a very watered down paint, so the “document” still shows through.
  • Otherwise, use regular tempra paint or finger paint and make a handprint on a separate page.  Cut it out and glue it to the side of the “document”  (so you can still see part of it).
  • I tried to make this document generic.  If you really want to get cute, go snitch some of mom or dad’s work papers from the garbage to use as a template.  ASK A GROWNUP FIRST IF IT’S OK.

Template for   (color)   or   (B&W)   

 

TEMPLATE SET 6:

SINGING SONGS 

  • pictures of musical notes or instruments can be cut out of magazines or colouring books
  • write some of the words from your child’s favorite song or first song learned on a separate piece of paper and glue it to the template page.

LISTENING TO THEM SING SONGS AT THE TOP OF THEIR LUNGS WHILE YOU SIMULTANEOUSLY WASH DISHES, PREPARE SUPPER AND TALK ON THE TELEPHONE

  • find a photo of mom or dad looking frazzled (go snap a shot when they’ve just got out of bed)

 

TEMPLATE SET 7:

SWEET LITTLE HANDS HOLDING YOURS

MESSY LITTLE HANDS LEAVING PRINTS EVERYWHERE.

  • Here again a child's handprint works really well!

 

TEMPLATE SET 8:

THE CUTE LITTLE OUTFITS

  • Make a paper doll (in a cute little outfit) and include it on this page with a cut out photo of the child (about the same size as the doll) in a cute little outfit.

THE FACT THAT SUCH SMALL LITTLE PEOPLE CAN GENERATE SUCH TERRIBLY MUCH LAUNDRY

 

TEMPLATE SET 9:

THEIR LOVING SMILES

  • Include a picture of a smiley face

THE FACT THAT THE OLDER THEY GET, THE MORE IT WILL COST TO SEE THEIR SMILE (HIDE THE CAR KEYS WHILE YOU STILL HAVE TIME!)

  • Picture of the child behind the wheel of grown-up's car or riding a toy car/tricycle

 

TEMPLATE SET 10:

The knowledge that one day they will  grow up, get married & have kids of their own and that as a grandparent you will someday be able to seek REVENGE!
(refer to other side of book for details)

The knowledge that one day they will  grow up, get married & have kids of their own and that all too soon you will have nothing left but the memories of all the wonderful times you had TOGETHER
(refer to other side of book for details)

  • Are those tears I see, Mom?

  

Printable version of these instructions.

 


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