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Kids love to do craft projects, there is certainly no doubt about it. But I believe young children, specifically younger kids like to have their projects much less structured. I entirely feel this is true mainly because they might be much more creative and have a lot more enjoyment that way.

Do not get me wrong, I come up with craft ideas for my daughter and we get a good deal of entertainment with them, but she appears to get a lot more joy creating her personal craft designs.

Several years back, I went to our local craft store and purchased a ton of craft supplies for very little money. I bought beads, pipe cleaners, glitter, stickers, feathers, yarn, lace, buttons, and just a ton of crafty sort of stuff. I put it all in a large box with some glue and glue sticks.  Hence my daughter’s crafting box came into existence.

We have since added stickers, markers, cotton balls, sequins and other stuff we discover.

I purchased a huge tablet of thick paper and now her “scrapbook” came into existence. She loves to get it out and develop unique pages of tips and creations. She cuts pictures out of magazines and adds them to it too.

Occasionally she just makes her very own craft projects out of the materials as opposed to making her “scrapbooking pages” and she has an excellent time. The only drawback to her scrapbooking is at times she uses a ton of glue and we need to wait for it to dry before she can turn the page and move on to her next crafting creation.

So do not always believe in structured when it comes to craft concepts for young children. You and they will almost certainly have a whole lot more fun if you let their imagination rule the project. After all, it’s their creation. There’s no incorrect or proper way to do it. They may turn out to be frustrated if they can’t make their creations appear just like they want it to be.

Scrapbooking is fun. There is no question about it. It’s a fantastic way to protect your memories and at the same time explore your creative side. Listed below are some good tips and methods that I’ve acquired over the years that I hope could improve your scrapbooking experience.

Scrapbooking Packages. If you’re a beginner, packages are a good way to get started.  There is a extensive variety of them available at crafts stores. A lot of packages come with scrapbooking paper, die cuts, stickers and everything you need for a specific layout. Most scrapbooking kits create a page, although others can build a whole album. All you need to do is add the photographs. In either case, it’s a fantastic way to leap right in.

Baby Scrapbooks. One of the most popular kinds of scrapbook album is the infant book.  There are tons of embellishments available for infants: stickers, die cuts, paper, everything you need to put a book together in no time. Infants grow up fast, make sure you capture each minute in a scrapbooking album.

Lettering. If your intention is to have your letter stickers go on in a straight line, use a plastic ruler, make a fine line with a pencil.  Put your letters on the line and erase the pencil mark after your done. I like my letters crooked which lets my creativity fly and I don’t have to ever fear making a mistake.

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Rubber Stamps. Not long ago, I found the rubber stamp and now I have a large collection. One can use letter stamps to produce messages or simply stamp on a word that describes the page. It is possible to coordinate the color of your stamp to the shade of the page. One can purchase stamps in different shapes. One of my favorites is the dog paw print which I use all across the page to look like my dog walked across it. The choices are endless.

Organization. I could go on and on about this subject, but I’ll give just a couple of items that work for me. I use 3 ring binders to store many of my stickers and die cuts.  I use plastic pencil holders with zippers to store my bigger die cuts.  I use business card holder or baseball card holders to organize my stickers. I use accordion file holders to store my paper. I use fish tackle boxes to store pencils, pens and stickers. I arrange my photos in photograph boxes by date.

I find that often I need a little extra space when I’m putting a scrapbook together. I get out my ironing board and adjust it to the height of my desk and use it to keep things that I want within my reach.

Last but not least, my favorite tip.  I save the large 12 x 12 inch cardboard filler papers which come with scrapbooking hinged pages and page protectors. I use them as page layouts for each of my pages.  I layout all the pictures (trimmed), stickers, die cuts, etc, that I want to use on the page as if I was making the page and then stack the next cardboard page on top. This way I can lay out a number of pages, or a whole album before committing anything to the page. I find it much easier for me to put all the page ideas together and afterwards produce the actual album.

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