How to store my kids’ school papers had been on my to-do list for years. One spring, I took them ALL and miraculously made these binders in ONE girl’s night out at Archivers.
The first step was to buy 2 D-ring binders. These are 1.5 inches thick. Then, I scoured the store for stable girl and boy scrapbook paper for the covers. I LOVE how this locker paper looks cut up and put in the ends!
Next, I added 100 page protector sheets to each album and started sorting and filing in chronological order. My kiddos were going into 6th and 8th grades, so I had a lot to sort!
I love that I could slide in everything from handprints to cheer “letters.”
The laminated pieces I just 3 hole punched and inserted.
Odd shaped books work just fine in page protectors. I was ashamed at how many of these cute stories I hadn’t even read in the hustle and bustle of life. I need to slow down. 🙂
I was able to add the award ribbons in the same sleeves as the artwork without damage.
These cool smaller tin etchings fit into sleeves as well.
Kids’ drawings done at home were also added to the book.
End of the year CD’s and DVD’s also slid right into place.
So there you have it. 6 and 8 years of school memories sorted and organized in one night for about $30. My kids LOVE them! It was so cool to bring my 13 year old son home an album of his work and watch him flip page by page through the album 3 TIMES IN A ROW, while talking to me about each piece!
Not only was this big pile gone, I gained precious time with both my kiddos in the process!
Here is another post I wrote about How to decide what school papers to keep.