A few years ago, I started collecting my daughters’ homework and other school-related memorabilia (school portraits, artwork, certificates, etc.) in a 8.5×11 binder – a separate one for each of them. Everything was placed in chronological order but that’s about the only semblance of order it had. Photos were added in randomly. Most of the photos were just floating in the pocket pages because that’s what happens when you’re using plain 8.5×11 page protectors and don’t use tape to stick things down because you’re not fully committed to the format.
You know those instances when you’re stuck on a project because something is missing, but you don’t quite know what that it is? In the case of the school binder project, the missing pieces were these 8.5×11 Pocket Pages by We R Memory Keepers: the baseball card sized pockets and my personal fave, this one with the 2 4×6 pockets and a wide panoramic pocket (perfect for including lots of photos). An easy and aesthetically pleasing way to include photos? Yes please! I don’t know why I didn’t think to apply the pocket-page scrapbooking approach to this project earlier!
The baseball card sized pockets are ideal for storing wallet sized formal school portraits. This page is currently the “working” title page for Madeline’s school album. I might change things up as the pockets get filled, maybe add a journaling card for each year. For now, it’s just the photos. I think it will be neat to see all of her school photos side by side. She already looks like a baby in her pre-school photo!
This is the intro page for Madeline’s Kindergarten Year. The 4×6 photo slots will be the same for every school year – a close up of her taken on the first day of school and a photo of her and Audrey together. The top slot is a collage of events from the first half of her school year. (Both the collage template and the 4×6 templates will be available in the shop tomorrow).
The back side is dedicated to a school field trip. I was a parent chaperone at that event so I had more than enough photos to fill the entire page. The right side includes photos of her teachers and a few random shots taken throughout the year. Couldn’t resist including a few Halloween photos. Elsa was definitely the most popular costume of the year, I think almost everyone in her Kinder class dressed up as Elsa!
My overall goal with this school binder project is to have a few inserts documenting each school year. So ideally, by the time they graduate from high school, their school memories will all fit in one (ok, maybe two) binder(s). On that note, in the interest of saving space, I opted to scan in some of her school and art work and printed them to fit in the baseball card sized pockets (the template I used for this will be available in the shop tomorrow!).
The first half of Madeline’s Kindergarten year is documented with 3 page inserts. I suspect that I will only need one or two more inserts to complete the latter half, including her spring field trip and the big event – her Kindergarten Graduation. Now that I have a formula down, I’m excited to go back and tackle their earlier school years!
PRODUCTS USED IN THIS PROJECT
- 4×6 Photo Templates Volume 4
- Minimalist 4.75 x 8.25 Collage Templates
- Minimalist Trading Card Sized Templates
- WRMK 8.5×11 Baseball Card Sized Pocket Page
- WRMK 8.5×11 Pocket Page
- WRMK 8.5×11 Binder