Become a Cereal Scrapbooker
Scrapbooking supplies can be expensive, but that doesn’t mean you have to splurge for your child to make a senior year scrapbook. Simply save up cereal boxes to turn into the bases of scrapbook pages, and she'll be well on her way to collecting senior year memories. Not only will she feel good about preserving memories to last a lifetime, but she'll be proud of her contribution to Mother Earth, too!
What You Need:
- Empty cereal boxes
- White or colored paper
- Craft glue
- Clear contact paper
- Hole punch
- Other scrapbook materials (pictures, ticket stubs, etc.)
What You Do:
- Have your child cut apart the cereal boxes. Make sure the largest rectangles that make up the sides of the cereal boxes stay intact.
- The large rectangles of cereal box cardboard will be the pages of her scrapbook. She can cover them with either white or colored paper. Tell her that she should make as many pages as she desires!
- Ask her to stack the pages on top of each other evenly. Use the hole punch to create three or more holes along the edge of each page, so that when the pages align, the holes align.
- Instruct her to weave ribbon through the holes and tie them securely to keep the pages together.
- Now the base of the scrapbook is done, but it’s time for the most important part, scrapbooking her senior year! Suggestions for things to scrapbook are as follows:
- Ticket stubs
- Birthday cards
- Notes from friends
- Essay that she's proud of
- Shoe laces from cleats
- Recipe that she really liked that year
- Directions to her favorite game
- List of her favorite songs of the year
- Tag from her favorite shirt, or accessory bought or received
- Get each of your best friends to write you a message on a post-it note
- Encourage her to make the scrapbook her own! If you go to a craft store, you will find there are many options for extra little things to add to the scrapbook, but it’s important to collect personal items first, so that she can start making pages. Dedicate a page or two to different things that are important to her during her senior year. For example, different pages could be themed “friends,” “colleges I applied to,” “good grades,” “sports,” “music,” or “top ten moments of the year.”
- As she creates the layout and design for each page,make sure she keeps in mind that she can seal each page in place with a large sheet of contact paper to finish it off. The contact paper will not only keep her scrapbooked items in place, but it will give her scrapbook a finished, professional look.