We’re so excited to be participating in a Back To School Blog Hop, put together by our friends at Elizabeth Joan Designs! Stick around til the end of the post for links to more great projects!
Last year was Sam’s first year of preschool. I saved a bunch of his artwork and pictures that were taken throughout the year…and they’re all still sitting in a box. My follow through is less than desired when it comes to doing something with all the pictures I take. I don’t want to leave these keepsakes in the box, so I definitely needed a better way to stay on top of it all.
This year, we’re putting together a Memory Book at the beginning of the school year, which is essentially just a binder with plastic sleeves. It sounds so basic, but the magic comes from actually designating a place to put all those papers as they come in the door. When you don’t have a designated place, stuff tends to pile up in the “I’ll get to it later” box. Add just a few extra items on your back to school shopping list, and you’ll be ready to go too!
To set up your memory book, you’ll need the following items. If you’re making an album for more than one child, double or triple the list as needed.
You Will Need:
1- Binder (we used a 12″ x 12″ binder and supplies)
Scrapbook paper. You will need 2 pieces for each month (front and back). We only did the school year, Sept-May, so we needed 18 pieces of paper. If you want to do a book for the entire year and not just the school year, get 24 pieces. Choose any color/type of paper you like. We tried to coordinate the paper to the month, so for October, we got Halloween paper, Christmas paper for December, etc. We did a patterned paper for the front of each month, and a coordinating solid color paper for the back.
Page protectors (plastic binder sleeves). You will need one for your scrapbook paper for each month of the year you’re doing, and a bunch of extras to slide school papers and artwork into. If you run out of page protectors, you can always 3 hole punch the school papers and add them that way.
Some type of adhesive to attach your pictures to the scrapbook paper, (ex: tape runner, glue stick, double sided tape).
Now this part is critical…put the binder together now! Put the sleeves in the binder and add your scrapbook paper in monthly order. Slide the adhesive you’re going to use into the binder pocket or one of the sleeves so it’ll be right there when you need it.
And now you’re ready! Keep the binder in convenient location and as artwork and pictures roll in throughout the year, just grab the binder and toss them in. By taking just a few minutes now, you’ll be able to stay on top of the highlights of your child’s school year and have a really cute, completed memory book at the end of the year with very little effort.
To get your memory book started, we’ve created this fun printable that you can download and print for free! We’d love to hear what you’re doing to get ready for back to school!
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