I decided that a mini scrapbook that she could fill with photos of her family and friends to remind her of her life at 18 was the way to go. With that in mind - I took out every single bit of crafting stuff I own and went crazy!
The pages were cut on my Cricut - from the Elegant Edges cartridge - each one was actually 3 (or 4 for the covers) pieces of heavyweight card (cereal boxes mostly!). The inside pages were then covered with Core-dinations card. (also cut on the Cricut).
I decorated the covers using the techniques we'd been playing with at Leonie's June workshop. The title 'Gen @ 18' was cut (multiple times and pasted together) using Printing Press (my current favourite font cartridge) on the Cricut. A beautiful gold ribbon ties the front and back together keeping all her memories safe inside.
I started with a little note to Gen and then gave her lots of pages for photos....
Starting of course with family. She has a big family so I gave her four little mini books for the photos - two are fold out accordion style, kept close with some lovely ribbon, and the other two mini books fit in the little envelopes on the page.
And finally a big pocket envelope where she can keep tickets and other bits and pieces.....
I had a lot of fun putting the book together and Gen loved it.
However I have warned her that for her 19th it's back to flat cards. Maybe with a flower on it. Maybe.