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Archive for February, 2009

Attention Teachers: Photo Projects for Students!

Classroom

If you’re a teacher, you already know how much fun it can be to create art with your students, but when was the last time you decided to do something creative with photos? Drawing some inspiration from Kodak.com, MemoryScrapbooks.com has compiled three great ways for you to share in some school day fun with your student with these fabulous photo art activities. Enjoy!

Travel the World
At the beginning of the school year encourage students to bring in a photo from their summer vacation. If they traveled away from home, pin the picture to the spot on a large map of the world or of the United States. Not only will your students get to share their adventures, but the entire class room will get to see the world without leaving their desks! Great for using in a Geography lesson.

Photo Scavenger Hunt
To help students become familiar with their new surroundings at the beginning of the school year, have a photo scavenger hunt. Take pictures of items around the classroom and have the kids find them by looking at the picture. This can also be a great activity for the entire school!

Everything In Its Place
For a fun visual way of marking whose cubby is whose, tape a picture of the owner to the door. This would also work for desks and chairs, coat hooks, or other class room storage spaces. On the crafts or supplies drawers, add a picture of scissors to show where the scissors are and a picture of crayons to identify the crayon drawer and so forth. You’ll notice fewer questions from students and much more creativity!

Scrappin’ 101: Scrapbooking Non-Photo Items

Question: “Hi! I’m looking to scrapbook some items that aren’t photographs and I was wondering what is the best way to do so…The things that I’m looking to scrapbook include old family documents, some show programs, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, and ticket stubs. What can I do? ”
Barb, Tennesee

Scrapbook Collage

Answer: Hi Barb! When it comes to scrapbooking non-photo items, keep many of the same concepts for traditional scrapbooking in mind. You need to create a layout that you’re happy with and you have be sure that you have a scrapbook that can accommodate what you want to fill it with. Tickets and programs may be easy to scrap, but some magazine or newspaper articles can prove to be more difficult. Choose a scrapbook that can meet the sizes you need.

You may want to think about testing the pH of your papers and then using an archival misting spray to balance (just in case). You can also think about laminating your clippings before pasting them into your scrapbook using a safe adhesive.

Also, to save these items from discoloration, fading, and overall wear and tear from age, be sure to choose a scrapbook that’s archival quality and uses acid and lignin free papers. MemoryScrapbooks.com is a great place to find Scrapbooks to meet your archival quality and sizing needs.

Once you have your materials in order, start scrapping as if you were using photos. Remember, use your imagination and be creative! We hope this helps!

Make a Memory with Your Child on Valentines Day

Valentines Day Scrapbooking with Children

Though your son or daughter may not be old enough to have a sweetheart, it doesn’t mean that they can’t celebrate in some of the Valentine’s Day fun! This year, include your children into your Valentine’s Day plans by having them assist you in making a fun Valentines Day Scrapbook!

Filled with snapshots of your family, this fun and festive way to celebrate makes sure that everyone in the family gets to take part in the occasion. Have your children make up Valentine’s Day poems to include, or you can always put in some of their old cards, drawings, photographs, or other sweet things from years past. Be sure you let your kids decorate the book with some of the great embellishments from MemoryScrapbooks.com!

Perfect for personalizing any scrapbook, the Scrapbook Embellishments from MemoryScrapbooks.com make for a great Valentines Day experience scrapbooking with your children. Order today to get it just in time for Valentine’s!

Valentine Gift Idea: A Romantic Riddle

Couple in Love

Sometimes all you need is a little mystery to pull off a grand surprise that your sweetie will remember for years to come. This Valentine’s Day, instead of opting for the traditional flowers and candy, why not create something extra special (and extra romantic) instead? Send your girl or guy on a treasure hunt they’ll never forget by making them a romantic scrapbook using the Scrapbooks and supplies from MemoryScrapbooks.com!

To make this plan work, all you need are some pictures, a bit of cleverness, and creativity. First, start out with an empty scrapbook. Fill it up with pages that capture special memories that you and your special someone have shared over the years. Every few pages, make up a clue page that will lead them to a greater treasure (you decide what!). Throughout the scrapbook, take pictures of clues and paste them in, or create some interesting clues of your own! Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, include a homemade treasure map that incorporates trivia about your relationship. The possibilities are endless!

Just remember to have some fun this Valentine’s Day and share in the excitement of solving a riddle of romance – the best Valentine’s Day present of all!