I love buying gifts that people (especially kids) can DO. Something creative, something intellectual – something that engages their brain and develops a skill and a hobby. That’s why I love buying my daughter crafty things for Christmas – she also loves it! This year, I decided to put together my own craft kit – a custom made Instagram Scrapbook Kit.
Inside this box lies all of the goodies she could want to create her own scrapbook – and I made it easy and accessible for her by keeping these things in mind when picking out what I included in the box:
- Make it match. Scrapbook companies have lines of coordinating paper, embellishments, and even pocket style journaling cards, that take all of the guess work out of the “Will this look good together?” predicament. It is guaranteed to look good together, so there is no way to end up with a product that isn’t beautiful, which will be encouraging for younger, new crafters.
- Keep it easy. Pocket style scrapbooking, such as We R Memory Keepers “Albums Made Easy” line, is so much easier than traditional scrapbooking. Page protectors are pre-divided into sections, and cards can be purchased to fit right into the slot.
- Choose a manageable size. For the Albums Made Easy line, I had two choices – 12×12 (traditional size), or 4×4 (instagram size). I almost bought the 12×12 but then I thought, “It takes 9 instagram album pages to create one 12×12 page. That means it will take 9x longer to create one page.” I don’t know about you, but my daughter is like me – she likes to see instant results. I think the Instagram size is much more achievable for her, and once she’s created a few small albums, she can jump to a larger one.
The line I chose was “Inked Rose”, with a little “It Factor” mixed in. This brings me to another point – don’t be afraid to mix and match a little. The sheet of wooden stickers that I included from the It Factor collection was a teal and bright pink color, exactly like some of the colors in the Inked Rose collection – so it blended seamlessly. Don’t think you can only choose from the collection you select.
I also included a 6×6 pad of paper from the Inked Rose collection, even though it is larger than the 4×4 sheets. I did this because now it will be easy for her to whip up new pocket cards using a paper trimmer. One 6×6 page will give her 1 4×4 card and 4 2×2 cards. You can also buy coordinating cardstock and cut it down to pocket card size to increase the number of cards in her collection. Many collections have a box of coordinating cardstock cards that you can purchase, but some, such as Inked Rose, do not, so this is an easy solution.
Here are the items I included in my kit:
- Instagram Album, Gold
- Inked Rose Instagram Albums Made Easy cards
- Inked Rose 6×6 Paper Pad
- Inked Rose Embossed Stickers
- Inked Rose Embossed Tags – Butterfly, Little Things, So Happy
- Inked Rose “Hello” Wood Tag
- It Factor Wood Stickers
- Instagram Albums Made Easy Page Protectors
- Brads, Aqua
- Enamel Shapes, Cool and Warm
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As I was writing this post, I also realized that it would be a great idea to go back through some photos and print some that I know she would really love – events, trips, birthday parties, etc, and crop and/or cut them down to the dimensions of the page pockets. That way, she can get started right away when she gets her gift on Christmas morning – because I know if I don’t, all I will hear on Christmas day is her digging around in the drawers for some pictures to put in her new scrapbook!
What are your favorite gifts to give your tween or teen daughter – or even son? What’s your recipe for a fail proof Christmas that doesn’t focus on screen time?