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Scrapbooking helps raise kids' self-esteem

Scrapbooking is a fun way to help parents preserve cherished family memories — but did you know it can be a rewarding activity for children, too? America Now's Leeza Gibbons takes a look at scrapbooking products designed just for kids.

"I've been scrapbooking and journaling for years, and I believe you're never too young to start creating a visual and written legacy of your life. That's why I love creating new ways for children to do that," says Leeza.

Here are some tips Leeza gathered during an interview with scrapbooking professionals, Sandi Pirrelli and Rebecca Moran.

LEEZA: Kids are spending so much time, you know, texting and on their computers and in front of a TV screen that they really don't have time to decompress and dream and grow and be introspective. So that's the whole idea. What are your thoughts and what are your ideas on how we can do that?

SANDI: Some of the things that we're going to be creating is a journal all about "me." Creating a journal-type of album gives them a place with, you know, special pockets and things like that.

LEEZA: To be able to take in all these little secret hiding places and all these little envelopes to be able to put things that you wish for. I love this idea! The research shows that scrapbooking, memory keeping, legacy writing, journaling -- all of it increases self esteem.

REBECCA: I think the nice thing about scrapbooking as well is that it makes them stop and think. It makes them walk away from the television and it makes them use their hands and other skills and stop and think about the things that are important to them. Research shows that memory-keeping increases self-esteem. I like giving kids places to write down their feelings and dreams where they can keep them safe. It's so important, I think, for boys especially, to kind of spend some time thinking about, "Who am I and where am I going and who is inspiring me?" 

I have two boys of my own and they're grown now, but  one of the things that they did as they were growing up was -- I discovered that boys really like to draw -- they draw out their thoughts, they draw out their dreams, they draw out their anger, you know, and many things show up in their drawings and I think that if we had a place for them to do that, a type of journal in a drawing form, would be a fantastic idea for boys.

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