Two out of our three boys have DS's (and the third is getting one for Christmas...shhh, don't tell!!). We have about 12 games and have a HUGE problem with them getting lost. Those are expensive little pieces of plastic to lose! Well, this past weekend, Kevin and I had enough (when 3 of the games were missing) and came up with a plan in the hopes that no more games go missing!
We decided to have a DS Game Library! All the games are now stored up on an unreachable shelf (unreachable to the boys...for now!!!) and they must sign them out. The easiest way to keep track is to have each of the boys have their own DS Game Library Card (even Sawyer, even though he doesn't have a DS yet...he uses his card to get his Leapster games)...and the fastest way to make them cards was with My Digital Studio!
They have to ask for a game when they want one and when they have the game, we slide their card into the cover of the game. This way we know which kid has the game and the rule is they have to bring the game back to us before they can get another one. And, if they lose the game, they replace the game...nothing like a little financial motivation (it takes a lot of weeks of allowance to replace a DS Game)!!!!!!
It was quick and easy to make their cards. I found some vinyl business card sleeves in my stash, that I had ordered many years ago. I measured what size I would need the final product to be to fit into the sleeve. In MDS, I used the square punch to make a "canvas", matted it and filled it with the scrunched paper from the Downtown Grunge download. I added a cool skateboarder guy (each one has a different color), some stars (from Extreme Elements), their name (a CK font called Rugged) and called it their DS Game Library Card.
Kevin and I are thinking we're pretty brilliant and so far, two of the three have embraced this little change. Carter, however, thinks we're the worst parents ever for doing this!!!! Sigh...in the eyes of a 7 year old life is so unfair right now!!!!!
Have an inspired day!