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Introduce your kids to Smashbooks

A fun way to scrapbook, journal or store memories

My family loves scrapbooking and now there is a new form of that available for kids and adults alike. It's called Smashbooks. Their motto is “For the moments and musings that stick.” These journal-type books allow kids to be creative while capturing memories. I bought an entire set for my daughter and my niece for Christmas (hopefully they don't come across this article).

So what are the things that you can do with a Smashbook? You can glue in pictures, movie tickets, theater bills, vacation post cards and anything else you can get your hands on. You can add notes, favorite sayings, Bible verses, or list events that happened to you that day.You can create one Smashbook for each theme that interests you. For example, you may have one Smashbook that stores your favorite recipes or the recipes you want to try in the future. You may have one for your last vacation to the Bahamas. Perhaps you are graduating high school and you want a fun way to remember the year. You can even have friends sign the Smashbook and add any of the memories they share with you. The possibilities are endless.

My daughter likes to write. Each year she publishes a book. I'm hoping that she'll use the Smashbook to keep track of her story ideas. I have a sneaky suspicion though that she'll use it to store pictures and mementos of her horseback riding adventures. She loves horses!

Whatever your child loves, consider gifting her with a Smashbook so she can organize her thoughts and memories on the subject. YouTube also has a boat load of examples of what you can do with a Smashbook if you want to research the subject further.