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Scrapbooks in Dubai

Why scrapbooking is great for kids to share memories and create gifts

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At home in the UK over the summer, my gran dug out an old photo album of a family caravan holiday. We spent a pleasant hour or two marvelling at the endless sunny days of the ’70s, giggling at dad’s flares and mum’s dodgy perm, and wondering why we were all dressed in matching corduroy dungarees. Anyway, tucked in the back of the album was a postcard from the same holiday, a bookmark, and a drawing I had done of us all eating ice cream on the beach (all decked out in aforementioned dungarees). Gran’s treasured keepsake was a kind of scrapbook, yet these days we’re more likely to scroll through thumbnails on a laptop. Not quite the same, is it?

The humble scrapbook is seeing a revival (and has certainly come a long way since gran’s slapdash effort). Entire stores are devoted to stickers, stamps and other accessories, so you can create something special. More than just photo albums – they’re ideal for presenting drawings, diary entries and storing all those ‘wonderful’ keepsakes kids refuse to throw away.

So why not take time out with your brood and make some memories of your own? Your little ’uns could create a special gift for grandparents or friends, like Anika and Caitlyn did for Rebecca (see right) and when you look back in 10 years, you’ll be glad you invested the effort now.

Lani from Paper Lane, the Dubai scrapbooking store says, ‘Scrapbooking not only helps preserve memories for years to come, it’s also fun,’ she says. ‘Getting your children involved in scrapbooking is a great way to give them something they like to do – such as cutting papers, peeling and sticking stickers, drawing pictures, playing with paper – and having them learn while using their imagination to full effect.’

By Karen Iley
Time Out Dubai,

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