4-H Clubs Scrapbooking Guidelines
18 March 2009
Author: Heather Garl
It’s very enjoyable getting together with your peers to create scrapbook pages and compare creative ideas? However, if you aren’t fortunate enough to have a scrapbook store nearby you might want to look to your local county 4-H club. Some of the 4-H club programs have added a category of “scrapbooking” category to teach children as young as 8 to create scrapbook layouts. Here are some guidelines that need to be followed.
One of the more cutting edge clubs* has an excellent program for scrapbooking divided by age and/or level. As a beginner (traditionally between 8-10 yrs old) you are required to complete a design packet and a minimum of 4 page layouts. The design packet gives simple activities to teach you design basics. One activity has you create a color wheel that shows all the possible color schemes with labels. Another activity gives you sample title ideas and then you fill in possible title ideas for your layouts. You write out ideas for your journaling and color schemes for your layouts. Scrapbooking techniques and accents must be listed and you will have to write a story about your scrapbooking experiences. The themes for your layouts are partially decided for you. The club divides up the categories by age and they dictate 3 of the 4 themes. Some examples of themes for this level include family, friends, holiday, pet, vacation, All About Me and birthday. The fourth topic is your choice.
Children ages 11-13 start at the level two program. They follow the same basic guidelines as the younger group but with more detail. They are required to complete 8 album pages with six topics. Four of the topics are single page layouts and two topics will be double page layouts. The design packet is again a requirement, with additional activities added. You are to create line designs, sample paper textures (layered, torn, etc.), and display embellishments (buttons, ribbon, etc.).
Although some clubs do not have a specific category for scrapbooking, they do have general categories that you could utilize scrapbooking techniques. Club scrapbooks are created as a group project to show what events they participated in that year. These albums are used to promote 4-H membership in their specific areas. Other clubs have Educational Poster or Educational Exhibit/Display categories. Scrapbooking techniques can be used to display events and projects that were completed in that recent year.
Judging is based on completeness, workmanship, story telling (journaling), and participation. There are two awarding systems traditionally used; American and Danish. American System compares projects against other projects and ranks them 1st, 2nd, etc. The Danish System considers each project individually and ranks them excellent, good, or fair.
Each club has their own programs, requirements, and guidelines which are specific to the needs in their specific area. To locate your local club, please visit http://www.4-h.org/ , click on Join Now, and locate your area. Have fun and enjoy creating your scrapbook layouts!
*Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania