Last week, Aidan officially completed her first year of high school. Sigh. Where does the time go, people? Can you answer that question for me?
To celebrate, she said the following words that would warm any scrapbook-lovin', life-documentin', photo-takin' kind of mama: "Mom, I want to get some kind of cool scrapbook to document the next three months. Let's go to Archiver's!"
So off we went in search of a cool scrapbook, and lo and behold, right at the front of the store, they had a steadily dwindling supply of those uber-funky SmashBooks. We'll take one to go please!
She bought the Retro style (mostly because that was the only style left in stock), returned home and got down to business.
With her beloved Fuji Wide Format Instax 210 at the ready and the Smash Pen/Glue Stick in hand, she commenced the documenting.
(No, she's not smoking in that photo. Optical illusion. Believe me, this kid and that other one of mine have gotten more anti-smoking lectures than you can shake a pack of Marlboros at.)
She is so geeked out about this scrapbook. She's already planning how she'll do one every summer of her high school years. Some people have noted that SmashBooks are nothing new, and I agree. They're simply the old school version of a scrapbook. The only difference? Killer marketing and adorableness.
God knows I'm a sucker for killer marketing and adorableness.
And for this girl.
If you're curious to know some of her plans for the summer, I asked her if I could copy part of her list to use on a scrapbook page of my own.
She said yes. Of course my documenting is decidedly less Smash-y in style. (Click on the layout to see it larger in a new window.)
Here's to documenting summer in whatever funky (or clean and simple) way you choose.
Interested in encouraging your kids to document their summers? Right now, Big Picture Classes is offering a workshop called Kidding Around (2), taught by Tami Morrison. For less than the price of summer camps, you get six weeks of playful prompts to entertain and engage your kids on long, hot summer days. Though not required, this class is designed around using a Smash Book as it's base for recording the memories. Check it out! Class begins June 23.