I work with the youth in my local LDS church group. Once a year we have an evening devoted to showcasing the skills our young women (ages 12-18) have worked on during the year. This program is called Personal Progress. The skills revolve around eight values. Each value is represented by a different color.
Divine Nature (Blue)
Individual Worth (Red)
Choice and Accountability (Orange)
Good Works (Yellow)
The above picture is a hybrid (digital and scrapbook material). We used it as a sign above a table where we set out objects that represent some of the projects the Young Women have worked on during the year.
This year we used storybook characters to exemplify each value. The idea for this event is found HERE on sugardoodle.net. The pictures below show our interpretation of this evening. I used the Stampin' Up MDS program for all the computer printing. Instead of putting together big posters for each character, like you find on the sugardoodle website, we made a "storybook" album. I tailored it to our young woman (we only have one right now, we live in a very small community at the moment) and gave it to her as a remembrance of who she really is as the daughter of a Heavenly King and her true home above.
I took a picture of the Salt Lake Temple and put it on the front cover to represent a "castle" in our fairytale book.
"Once upon a time, there lived a beautiful Princess that shined with Light. Her father was King of all the Land and very wise. The King loved His daughter so much, He made a beautiful new Kingdom for Her to live in. When the Princess was just a baby, the King sent Her to learn and grow in this beautiful Land. In this new Kingdom was an Evil Sorcerer. He wanted to capture the Princess and take Her Light. The King worried about the Princess and knew She would forget Him, so the King sent Her to a Family that knew Him well. For the King trusted them to protect the Princess from the Evil Sorcerer and teach Her how to remember Him. To aid Her new Family the King gifted them with many Treasures. Among these gifts was a Powerful Book and a Guarded Castle. Inside the Castle is a Map showing the way back to the King. The Princess must study the Book for many years before She will be ready to enter the Guarded Castle. Someday, these gifts will lead the beautiful Princess back to Her true Home and She will live Happily Ever After."
In this fairytale, the Princess is every Young Woman and her father, the King, is God. The New Kingdom he made is Earth. The two treasures, the Powerful Book and the Guarded Castle, are the Scriptures and the Temple.
After reading the "fairytale" to the group, I told our young woman that she is the beautiful princess. I then turned the book so she could see the pages with her picture along with her family and the fairytale I had just read. I told her the blank page on the right is for her to add a picture of herself when she is older and goes to the temple for the first time.
The book is the collaboration of our young woman, the other leader and myself. As I finished the album, I decided I really liked it and I wanted to do my own version that is basic enough to use for Young Women lessons in the future. If I actually do another one, I will make it 8X8 as I think 12X12 left a lot of blank space we couldn't fill. I will use the same basic design but will choose other papers and accessories that have a little more consistency with each other.