It is a project for children 4+ that brings together techniques and materials from scrapbooking and texts and images for children.
It consists of 1 ring binder (smash book) and many interchangeable perforated cards (children can use a hole puncher to perforate themselves). Each card has a coloured frame with a small tab which includes the activity to be made for that page (color, complete, pick,...).
It may be nicel to include scissors for paper, paper glue, colored pencils, hole puncher - a sort of BOOK OF MY LIFE KIT.
BOOK OF MY LIFE (The amazing book of [the child's name]) tells the story of the child, made and created by the child herself (with the help of parents/teacher).
The core of the project are the cards, perforated and NOT numbered.
My main idea is that the stories of our lives are NOT all the same [parents meet, parents marry, they have children, ...].
With this BOOK OF MY LIFE, indeed, each child can change the order of events and rebuild her life (and her book) following the real events of her family.
I am now working on more cards on topics related to life:
- BIRTH OF BROTHERS/SISTERS,
- A TWIN LIFE,
(all created and adapted for children, of course).
I consider the first book as BASIC for this project because we are all born from biological parents, even if life then takes a new turn that children can recreate their own way.
The idea is that the child, with the cards, the activities and the included scrapbooking projects, will be able to internalize and rework traumatic (or simply inexplicable to her) events of her life, and put together the different pieces (cards) of her life in a single container (the smash book).
A diary of her life, from birth onwards, that will also be great to reread and continue filling, when the child will be older.
Ideas, texts, illustrations: Viviana Hutter