My heart exploded with happiness when my three-year-old daughter said, “I want to ‘crapbook!”
I had sent Jennifer McGuire an email telling her a funny story about how V avidly watches her videos and how much she’d been paying attention and learning from them. She replied by saying that my note made her day–and added that she would love to send my daughter some crafting supplies!! I was floored.
I was floored again when I opened the package Jennifer sent. It was stuffed with gorgeous embellishments, a few small stamp sets, and even a 6×6 paper pad! My daughter was absolutely thrilled as she looked through everything, and I think it just fueled her excitement when I told her that we were going to make a box for just her craft supplies. (And yes, I promised never to use them myself without V’s explicit permission!)
The first thing we did when we got down to the craft room was to make a thank-you card for Jennifer. V chose aqua blue ink (it’s her favorite color) to stamp the robot, and added washi tape to decorate. She was reluctant to add more embellishments–I think V didn’t want to use them all up (apparently craft hoarding tendencies are inherent, or at least inherited, ha!). I persuaded her to add rhinestones only after I got out some of my own for her to use (ha!).
Inside, I wrote, “thank you” and “Vivian” for you to trace. I added my own note later.
And then she wanted to scrapbook!!
I flew upstairs to print a photo. V chose all of her supplies throughout the process. I was in charge of adhesive and tearing strips of washi tape, but V placed and stuck down everything herself. Look at that layering!! When V decided to add a star clip, and I helped her to slide it on. For the journaling, I wrote down what V answered when I asked her to tell me about what was going on in the pictures. We added chipboard letters for a title. V helped me to spell it (“What letter makes a “k” sound?”), and I arranged the letters in order on the table so that V could place them onto the layout once I’d added adhesive to the back. When V decided to add some sequins, I was stumped for a moment about how we were going to deal with 3-year old fingers handling miniscule pieces coated with liquid adhesive! But then I realized that she could make a dot with a pencil, and I could place the sequins for her. Last of all, V stamped the date of the photos.
I tried really hard to let my daughter do all the decision making for the design without making too many suggestions. She did the vast majority of the work, and I am so proud of her resulting layout! I am so exhilarated that V is interested in a hobby that I love so much! In fact, for Easter, she received an 8×8 album in her Easter basket, as well as a pair of rounded-tip scissors, and we’ve made a couple more pages to add to her album already!