The summer is a great time to encourage your kids to scrapbook. Each year we record the holidays and our adventures in our own summer scrapbook. The new craze is smash booking. So here is how to smash book with kids.
What is a smash book?
What is a smash book? it is an unplanned and on-the-move scrapbook is the easiest way to describe it. The principal behind it and the basic elements are quite the same, except for preparation and presentation.
No planning is required for making a smash book. If there is a holiday journey you want to record in a smashbook, you simply start pasting pictures and other items on each page each day. In a scrapbook, however, one usually start making it AFTER the holiday is over.
A smash book is a journal in which one pastes pictures, embellishments, memorabilia et al on the go. In a scrapbook, planning is essential.
Smash books do not follow a certain pattern throughout the book. Each page is like a new theme and design. It celebrates “messy”. It is a great activity for those who are not good with arts and crafts. But in a scrapbook, the theme is usually uniform. It also lays great emphasis on creativity and craftsmanship.
A smash book is generally a notebook on which you scribble and paste. Scrapbooks, however, have pages and layouts pre-planned. There is a specific slot for a picture and a fixed spot where you can write. I love smash books for kids as there are no rules.
How to make a smash book for kids
What you need:
A notebook or you could use a branded Smashbook – UK Link/US Link
Glue, we love Bostik Blu Tack Glue Stick (as the blue is dark and dries clear) UK Link/US Link and the Bostik glue pen for fine work UK Link/US Link
Step by step tutorial
Put together your supplies. I decided to get everything together into a kit for the boys. I use a shoe box, that way they can pop it any paper mementoes (such as ticket stubs, maps and postcards into the box). Keeping everything handy makes it simple for us to get it out and keep our smash books updated. We have coloured paper. tape, scissors, glue sticks and coloured pens in our box.
Print your photo’s. We print ours on our printer either directly from my phone of from the camera. I pop them straight in to our box.
Get started – yes it is that simple. The whole thing about smash books is that they are no rules or specific layouts to follow. It really is a simplified way to chronicle life’s special moments without the time commitment usually required by scrapbooking.
We tend to sit on an evening after 6pm (our screen free time) and fill out our books. I want the boys to understand that there is no right or wrong and they can use their books as they please and to just get into the habit of journaling. We have already created a family recipe book using this method and we love it.