Monday, March 28, 2011

Sketches for All Ages, Part 1

Today we are sharing the layout from 4-year-old Abigail, daughter of creative team member, Jill Sarginson. She used One-page sketch #4 to create her bright and cheery layout about swimming. Just wait until you see her adorable, handmade sun!

"Jessa and Abigail" by Abigail Sarginson, age 4
Supply list - Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket, My Mind's Eye, Bella Boulevard; Tools: Fiskars Boundary Waters border punch, Creative Memories circle punches

Hi, I'm Abigail and I'm 4 years old. I love to scrapbook with my mommy. This is the first time I've ever used a sketch. (Mom adds: Abigail was really upset that her sun didn't look exactly the same as the sketch. She also wanted to make her title "Title", the same as the sketch). 

What do you like about scrapbooking?
Pretty pictures from downstairs. I like cutting papers.

How much does your Mom scrapbook?
Lots. (long pause) Lots.

What is your favorite color?
Pink. And purple.

What is your favorite scrapbooking supply?
Flowers. (Mommy adds: and my buttons and bling!)

What is your favorite thing about this sketch? 
The sun.

If you could have your mom make a page about anything what would it be? 
Don’t know. A butterfly.

What is your best tip for other scrapbookers? 
Don’t know.

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Scrapbooking With Kids tips:

At a younger age, sketches might be a little frustrating at first. Like Jill mentioned, her daughter was upset that her sun wasn't exactly like the sun on the sketch and she wanted to actually use the word "title" as her title since that is what is on the sketch. 

• The younger the age, the more time you might need to take to explain what the sketch is for. If you've used a sketch before you might try showing your child the layout you made and the sketch you used. Point out areas on your layout that aren't exactly like the sketch and explain that you changed them to fit your pictures. Be patient, it might take awhile for your child to understand. And if it just isn't working and your child is still getting frustrated let them create without the sketch. You can always try them again when they get a little older.

• Be prepared, whether you are using a sketch or not, to help them a lot. The first few times you scrapbook together chances are you won't be doing a lot on your own pages. 

• Keep in mind that kids are usually more entertained and interested with the creative process than the finished page. Let them do their own thing and resist the urge to suggest other ways to do it. Even though it's hard sometimes to watch them do what we have programed as "wrong", it makes it a much more enjoyable time for both parties.

• Encourage your kids to make their own embellishments, like the sun on Abigail's layout. Kids usually have a much larger imagination that adults do and you might be surprised at the different things they create to go with their layouts.


Crystal aka Caitlynsmommy said...

AWWW! How adorable and CUTE! Great job sweetie! I LOVE your sun!

Kelly said...

how adorable! the sun is FANTASTIC!

Erica said...

This is fantastic! Both my girls love scrapping with me but I have yet to have them try using a sketch...I just might try that! Great job Abigail!

Laura J said...

Abigail did fantastic and her sun is just precious!

Jody B. said...

Great job Abigail. I love your sun too.

dawn said...

I love Abigail's sunshine and her page. How fun to start scrapping while they are so young. It's fun to have them tell their own stories from their perspective. Allison I remember and kept the article in CK with drew and his helping you. I just had that out the other day. My girls use to scrap every weekend with me and haven't in two years. My son sometimes will scrap a page with me though. I love that you are doing a kid's week for us.

Scrapthat said...

I like your Sun! The sketch one doesn't have a great smile like yours! I think that makes yours BETTER! You did a great job...looks like a fun day! Thanks for sharing and keep having fun scrapping with your Mommy!

Lauram said...

That is about the cutest thing I have ever seen!

COScraps said...

That is absolutely adorable! And the most perfect sun!!!!!

Anonymous said...

So sweet!! I love the sun! She did a fantastic job! WTG!!

Luv2talk said...

A real heart-melter:)

P.s. I have 2 teen-age boys and I do not believe their LO would look as good as this one. And that's a fact!

mustangkayla said...

How cute!

KarlaW said...

Her page is so adorable. My 13 year old scrapbooks with me and I cherish those memories so much. Please make sure and tell your daughter how much everyone loves her page!

Amy said...

Abigail your page is so bright and cheery and I love the border punch you used! Great job!

Shari Thurman said...

Wonderful scrapbook page. I love that you made your own title and sun.

Erin said...

I love this page and I LOVE the thought of scrapbooking with my kiddos!

Allison Davis said...

I absolutely adore the sun! Tell Abigail the next time I make a sketch with a sun on it, I want her to design it! And the "lots (long pause) lots" had me laughing! Great job Abigail! :)

scarthur said...

Great job Abigail!! Love the handwriting on the layout and that sun is perfection!! :)

Melissa Elsner said...

This is going to be a fun week. Can't wait to see more from our little guest designers! :)

Cynthia B. said...

Awesome job, Abigail! The pool pictures look like so much fun, and so does this page! Love the sun and the pink "wave".

sillypea said...

Very sweet! Unfortunately my kiddos don't want to have anything to do with this... but I'm enjoying watching yours! And I loved the sketch and did it myself... thanks for the inspiration!

Jill Sarginson said...

Awwwwwwwwww thanks everyone! This made Abigail smile (but very shyly!).

Allison, she nodded to the part about the smile on the sun! I just got back from Florida and these comments and ALL of the sweet layouts from the kids have made my night! :)