Working Mom to Homemaker

Embracing The Change

School Work Yearbook

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I’m one of those people who hoard home videos, photographs and my kid’s school work. But I’ve also got the issue of hating clutter and unorganized things. I had to figure out what to do with all these memories and keep it under control. The digital age really makes this type of thing much easier. I’ve already got all of my digital photos and videos filed by year and month on my computer, as well as backups on those portable USB drives. One of these days, I’ll get around to scanning all the old family photos and getting those organized onto the USB drives and my computer as well. But just thinking about that project makes me exhausted.

Anyway, onto the problem of the kid’s school work. When I was younger, my mom saved quite a bit of my stuff and had all those papers and projects stored in plastic tubs. It’s fun to dig through those every now and then, but really, how convenient is it to struggle with pulling out a buried storage tub and then sort through a mess of papers and artwork? Those old memories rarely get looked at. I’m an only child and over my school years, more so the younger ones, I accumulated A LOT of school work. My husband and I have 2 kids, and I can’t imagine how we’d display or store all that work from both of our kids, without living in a palace.

A couple years ago, I had made each of my kids their own little family story about when they were born through their first year of life. They both enjoy reading those from time to time and it gave me an idea for the school work problem. I’d take pictures of everything, or nearly everything they brought home from school. This way I could have the photos filed accordingly on my computer and the back up USB drives. I’d have a designated bins for the actual paperwork and projects, that I could store in the basement, but I wanted to go slightly further with the photos I took. So I created a Yearbook. The book could easily fit on a shelf and the kids or anyone visiting could easily look through it and see the cool things they did during that school year.

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I used Shutterfly and made a Photobook. This is my son’s PRE-K book, and it had quite a few pages in it. I’m glad that Shutterfly always has online coupon codes and deals, otherwise this probably wouldn’t be very budget friendly. It’s not the cheapest route to go, but I just love the look of it and how well their books turn out. For me, it’s worth it.

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I used the 10×10 size book because I thought that would fit better on a book shelf. I tried to maximize as much of the page space as possible, but I have a funny feeling after the pictures I’ve already accumulated so far during Kindergarten, I may need to do the 12×12 book!

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The cool thing about this idea, you can get as crazy as you want with it. I like to preserve all those memories, so I incorporated ALL of his work. If you’re on more of a budget or just don’t think the worksheets are as important, then just take pictures of the art projects that are awkward to store or display for too long. Maybe you’d just rather take pictures, print them and put them in a separate photo album. However you decide to do it, just remember, you don’t have to throw those precious memories away and never see them again. Take advantage of the digital age and at least take pictures of their work. After you have the photos, the possibilities are endless!

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November 6, 2014 - Posted by | ALL THINGS KIDS

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