Skinned knees have been replaced by skintight jeans, but she's still your little girl. Creating a scrapbook for your teenage daughter allows you to capture your favorite memories and give her a physical record of your love. There's nothing generic about your girl, so no generic scrapbook pages have a place in her book. Use her humor, beauty, intelligence and charm to bring every unique page to life.
1. Her Personal Style
Whether she's into grunge or the queen of preppy, your teen girl has probably put plenty of effort into developing her own sense of style. Celebrate some of her greatest looks with a style page. Use photos of her dressed up for school dances and pageants, her first day of school outfits and her most elaborate Halloween costumes. Intersperse these recent photos with old pictures of her dressed as a fairy or wearing only a tutu over her diaper to showcase her style evolution. Work on the page with your daughter, being mindful of the body image issues that are so common in teen girls. As she picks the pictures she likes, point out how healthy or happy she looks, not how thin or pretty she is. Encourage her to focus on what she likes about herself, suggests MayoClinic.com, and praise her unique style instead of just the way clothes look on her body.
2. Family Pages
Creating a family page is standard when making a child's scrapbook; posed group portraits and candid vacation shots are important moments in your family's history, but clumping these pictures together on one page is unimaginative. Honor your teen's place in your family by creating a page documenting her relationship with each person. Make a "Daddy and Me" page featuring pictures of father-daughter dances, tea parties and trips to sporting events. Fill another page with pictures of mother-daughter trips, snuggles and matching outfits, and create more pages featuring your teen's favorite moments with each of her siblings and grandparents. Ask each family member to write notes, meaningful song lyrics or inside jokes to add to the pages.
3. Her Accomplishments
Being a teen girl is tough. According to Dr. Anita Gurian of New York University's Child Study Center, girls are twice as likely as boys to be depressed, and smart girls often learn to hide or downplay their intelligence because they don't perceive being smart as cool. Give your teen's self-esteem a boost in a page (or two) documenting all the admirable things she's done so far. Include photos of her at spelling bees, award ceremonies, performances or games. Her accomplishments don't have to be big to be meaningful. Include photos of her posing next to the puzzle she spent a week completing or on the bike it took her months to learn to ride. Copy her best report cards and words of praise from her school reports and arrange them around the photos to remind her just how smart and accomplished she is.
4. More Ideas
Friendships are often the center of a teen girl's world, so her scrapbook should include some mementos of these relationships. Invite her to help create her own friendship pages; teen relationships are fraught with drama, and including a photo of the friend who's on the outs this week will only upset her. Make two travel pages: one of the places she's been so far and one for the places she hopes to see in the future. If your teen has a beloved pet, dedicate a page to her relationship with him. Create pages to commemorate family holiday traditions. You may even consider making one of her first boyfriend. Finally, head back to the beginning of the scrapbook and create a page about her babyhood, including pictures, excerpts from her baby book and your own words detailing the excitement and nerves you felt when your precious baby girl first arrived.