A Scrapbook Page To Celebrate Your Childs First Haircut
Here's a great idea for making a special 'first haircut'
scrapbook page. Between the ages of about 12 and 18 months, a
baby boy or girl may go for their first hair cut. You've probably
seen that there are many children's hair salons that offer
special deals for a child's first visit. They have a special
chair, take a photo or even video the visit -- and then later you
take away the photo or video and a lock of hair as a keepsake. So
why not create a scrap book page to celebrate this event in a
Here are some tips to give the page a fresh angle. And of
course these ideas could be re-worked for all kinds of different
kids' scrapbook projects.
Use Homemade Paper
For a unique background, try using homemade paper. You can
make your own customized paper of any color and texture you want.
This takes a bit of time and effort. Alternatively, try soaking a
piece of card-stock. After a few minutes, crumple the paper a bit
and then iron it flat again. This will closely approximate the
appearance of homemade paper.
Painted Tissue Paper
Painted tissue paper can add a colorful flair to your child's
'first haircut' scrapbook page. To paint tissue paper, punch or
tear bits of tissue paper into various shapes. Then, using
watercolor pencils and a wet paintbrush, thoroughly coat the
tissue paper. Now dip the painted tissue paper in a mixture of
scrapbook glue and water and place it on white card-stock.
Let the pieces dry completely. Use the dry colored tissue
paper as a background, a border, or as a fancy embellishment.
Beads are another way to add color and design to the page.
Beading can be as simple as gluing a few beads onto a scrapbook
page or as complex as a sewn beaded design. When arranged in an
abstract pattern, they can create a child-like effect -- or place
them carefully to make a fun title or artistic design.
Beads, micro-beads, and necklaces can be attached using
two-sided tape or Xyron adhesive.
Make a Pocket
If you've kept a lock of your child's hair, why not store it
in a pocket? Pockets allow you take out and put back items as you
see fit and replace them without damage to your scrapbook
The easiest pocket is simply an envelope. But pockets can also
quickly and easily made by folding a piece of paper in half and
then gluing three of the side edges.
Pockets can also be made from pieces of fabric sewn together.
In this way, pockets can be virtually any texture, color, and
weave to suit your required needs.
There are so many events in a child's life that you can
celebrate with your scrapbooking. From first haircuts to birthday
parties, holidays and school celebrations, you can use your
scrapbooking expertise to preserve the memories for years to
Nigel Patterson is a writer on arts and crafts and the
publisher of Create Your Own
Visit his website for new and imaginative scrapbooking tips
and ideas -- so you can maintain your most treasured mementos and
present them artistically for you, your family and your friends
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