Scrapbooking Tips for 9 Year Old

Updated on August 19, 2009
B.P. asks from Portage, MI
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I would like to start scrapbooking with my daughter but have never done it myself. I bought a scrapbook but am at a loss of how to attach things to the pages - there are so many choices! I know it needs to be acid free, but other than that do I use double sided tape or photo corners? I do have some old Tombow double sided adhesive cartridges but I know they are a little tricky to use (or at least used to be - maybe they are improved now). I also saw special glue sticks for scrapbooking - how are they different from regular glue sticks? A lot of what I saw is permanent, but I was thinking that it might be better if it was able to be removed if she doesn't like the way it turns out or changes her mind down the road. I would like to include pictures as well as ribbons, certificates, race numbers, etc. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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L.C.

answers from Houston on

Good morning B.! I'd suggest the Tombow mono-adhesive. It is very easy to use and refill and they do have a 'temporary' one so that if your daughter doesn't like what she's done, she can change it. However, keeping that in mind, a year or so from now you may have to go back and 'touch up' anything that she's done b/c some things may move or fall off the pages - something I've come across over the years. When doing ribbon, I prefer to use glue dots and regular gift wrapping tape. I don't care for the glue sticks... I just don't think they work very well. Hope this helps and good luck! :)

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J.K.

answers from Detroit on

I work full time, so I need quick, easy and mess free scrap book stuff for when I actually do have a scheduled moment of free time! Ahesive double sided tape in a dispenser works great... less clean up and you can move the pictures around if you decide too. Bit more pricey, but I like it. Glue sticks for scrap books are ok, can be messy tho. There are premade scrapbook kits for around $10 at Meijer's and Michaels. I think Walmart may have some too. I know thats what I used when I first started. Also for around $3 you can buy a scrapbook magazine and look at sample pages for ideas, that helps too. Buy the basics: tape, pages, stickers, and maybe other embelishments and work on a few pages. You'll be amazed how cool a page can look with simple stuff. Good Luck!!!

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R.S.

answers from Detroit on

I didn't have time to read your other responses but I have a 6 year old who really wanted to scrapbook. So what I did was had a girlfriend who is a avid scrapper (I am not at all) come over with a bunch of her stuff and my daughter had 3 friends over. We did a little party for them. My friend charged each girl $15-$20. I can't remember for sure. But they each had a small book with all the embellishments. She gave them a little direction and they went to town. I have to admit it even got me a little interested. My friends mother is a Creative Memories demonstrator so that worked in our favor but you probably know someone who is into this and could get you started. Sorry to be so rambley but I am in a hurry right now.

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A.H.

answers from Detroit on

Take a breath--the great thing about scrapbooking is that you don't have to overthink it.I Like to use regular glue sticks a lot, most are now acid-free. I also use a tape runner from either Creative Memories or Xyron. Another great thing about scrapbooking is being able to use the same pictures and layout them out in different ways across multiple albums. It's hard not to want to be a perfectionist, but keep an open mind. I like to use a lot of shapes and stickers in my layouts, but then I may just use a patterned paper and a solid cardstock to mat my photos. There are some really good websites out there like scrapbooks, etc that can give you tips on different techniques and will walk you through the process.Just e-mail me if you would like more help!! Happy Cropping!!

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F.W.

answers from Detroit on

I hear you! Too many choices make it really hard. I have seen kits though and Michaels and JoAnn's that have what you need in it, and even though they may be themed, it makes it a lot easier. Start small, and as you get the hang of it you can expand your choices. They also have kits for children, I have one that has everything in there and it is simple.

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L.M.

answers from Detroit on

I scrapbook with my stepdaughter and what I have found works best to attach items are the photo squares on a roll...(similar to the photo corners but double sided squares.) Glue I have very little luck with but I do like the glue that has like a fine point tip to glue smaller things...my 11 yr old SD has a difficult time using it though and usually gets too much. There are also little tiny dots that work great on small things but again the 11 yr old has a harder time using it herself. I always use permanent, so can't advise on how well the other stuff works.

I would suggest finding a local store with classes or even a sales rep with one of the many scrapbooking/stamping direct sales companies as they usually do classes.

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C.P.

answers from Detroit on

I remember going through this delema with my 9 year old, now 15. The most important thing to keep in mind is let her do what she wants. Start her with photo's that you don't mind if they end up in the garbage. There are some excellent classes through scrapbooking stores. Also, in the begining, don't get bogged down with what tools to use. My scrapbook survived 40 years plus and my mom put it together with scotch tape. Keep an open mind and have fun!

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C.C.

answers from Detroit on

B.,

I agree with the other moms...let your daughter have fun with it. Start small with a kit that already has matching papers and accessories to make it easier to start.

For ideas check out websites and magazines as I find them a great resource too. I suggest a permanent "glue" versus things moving. Sometimes our "mistakes" make us rethink how we're going to do something and it turns out better than our original idea. :)

One thing I would suggest is a paper cutter for straight edges. It makes trimming pictures and matting so much easier than scissors and you can never cut multiple papers in straight lines when matting. It sticks out like a sore thumb. lol!

Good luck and hang in there! I'm sure she will have a great time and enjoy her scrapbooks for years to come.

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S.G.

answers from Detroit on

Hi B.,
A lot of scrapbook stores offer classes on beginning scrapbooking. Check out the stores in your area. Sometimes there is no cost for beginner classes. It will be helpful if you come in with 4-6 photos that you want use in a layout.

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D.P.

answers from Detroit on

I am a creative memories consultant.
you can check out my site www.mycmsite.com/debbiepaliani for products and tons of ideas.

I would not use the glue sticks there is a double sides tape that would be the best. The adhesive we use is technically permanent but it can be removed if needed.

We also have memorbilia pockets that you can but the non picture type stuff.

I teach classes or if you are interested I can do 1:1

just sent me a note [email protected]____.com I love getting new people started. It is the best!

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C.B.

answers from Grand Rapids on

Hi, I am a Creative Memories consultant. You can get everything you need at my website and know that everything is acid free and safe for your photos. www.mycmsite.com/bredeweg
We have double-sided photo splits that work great for just starting out.-you put one side on the paper/pic and pull the backing off the other. We also have slide-in albums and other sleeves for certicates, etc.
Hope this helps a little.
C.

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