Is it just me, or does it seem like somehow the Under-10 Set gets the reputation of being far more scrappable than the 11-Plus Crowd?
You know how it is when you're 0 to 10. So many changes. First steps, first words, first tooth, first tantrum, first day of school. In fact, with the littlest ones, everything's a dang first. Ergo, supreme scrapability.
Then kids, as they will do, get older. Tweens and teens sometimes aren't as ready or willing to let you shoot them in action. Tweens and teens have what is known in the parenting industry as "mood swings." Sometimes, as scrapbookers, we feel as though it's a bit like pulling those teeth we so anxiously awaited in their earlier years just to get a few solid pages of scrapbook glory to continue documenting their lives.
I think the 11-Plus Crowd might be getting a bad rap. True, it can be trickier to document some of their firsts (first boy/girlfriends, first time hanging out at the mall with friends sans parents, first time getting caught doing something that maybe they shouldn't have been doing in the first place), but I'm finding that the firsts of these years are just as much fun to scrapbook about.
Like learning to drive.
See this child below? She just obtained a learner's permit to drive.
That's right. My baby girl is now legally approved to drive on state and county roads in a 3,000-pound motor driven vehicle while accompanied by a responsible person over the age of 25.
You all know that my particular teen isn't all that sheepish about being documented. She seems to really like the idea of a camera following her every move at certain times in her life. Last Friday, the day we chose to go to the DMV and let her take the written permit test, was one of those days.
Here is the ensuing digital page that took advantage of cell phone technology to tell a story I (and some day, my daughter) will always want to remember. (Click on layout to see it larger in a new window)
The excitement, the nervousness, the success—all the little details that otherwise would eventually slip away to time and memory are now saved in a simple digital document with a little help from a cell phone camera. I loved including the text message Aidan wrote to her Dad after she passed the test. Definitely a sign of the times in which she is growing up.
This template is available in my Designer Digitals collection along with another option for 8.5 x 11 scrapbookers. Last week, I featured the 12 x 12 versions of these templates, which are designed to house your cell phone photos and document a day, a week, or a chunk of your life.
Both templates use free download fonts so you can easily change and adapt a title to suit your needs. If you use apps such as Hipstamatic, or Camera+, you can easily change the names in your titles to reflect that.
Or, you can use any photos you like to document this blow-by-blow account style of scrapbooking.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to try and convince Aidan that yes, she actually will be able to comfortably complete a right-hand turn at over 5 mph.