Today we continue with another installment of inspiration for documenting, saving and storing kid’s art, or school projects, and progress! Kids are small for such a short time…and these little creations are SO precious, and change so rapidly. This school year I have a kindergartner and a first grader, and after only a month I have seen SUCH change, and such growth in both my littles! I am so impressed in their enthusiasm, and joy in learning! I want to remember that! With that introduction, I bring to you an amazing project (and LOVE THIS VIDEO) from Jennifer Evans… bringing together 2 of her greatest passisons: education, as a past teacher, and a mother to her 5 years old son.
We have eyes, and we’re looking at stuff all the time, all day long. And I just think that whatever our eyes touch should be beautiful, tasteful, appealing, and important. – Eric Carle
What do these books have in common with Heidi Swapp Memory Files?
They were the inspiration behind my next Memory File project. When I was given the assignment to create a Memory File to store my son’s art in, I had to ask myself a few questions:
Is this something I want my son to be able to read, hold, and explore?
Do you want to create something to preserve his art as a keepsake?
As, I tossed between the two, I started to collect my son’s art from his first two weeks of school. Ethan, my son, then answered the question for me. He kept on asking to see his art. He would sit at the table or on his bed reading all the things he had been bringing home. So I decided he needed something to keep his art in so that he could have it all in one place to read and explore.
But, what does a good children’s book have? Well, let’s take a lesson from Eric Carle.
Most of Eric Carle’s books are interactive. That’s why both children and adults fall in love with them! Your fingers have to follow “The Busy Spider’s Web” as she spins it; place fingers at the holes within the food of “The Hungry Caterpillar”; and run your hands along the layers in “The Grouchy Ladybug.”
I knew that I wanted to create something special that Ethan could explore, read about his journey in Kindergarten, and have room for it to grow through out the year. I cut a Vintage Chic Memory file in half to create a front and back cover and added office rings so that I could add pages during the year.
It wouldn’t be a child’s book if it didn’t have something to touch on the front cover. The Buzz Words actually feel like the web in “The Busy Spider”! I made sure to add glue to the back of each chipboard letter. For the amount of times this book will be handled I wanted to make sure these letters don’t get picked off.
I usually like to layer my supplies, but this time I needed to remember who I was creating this for. I wanted my pages to be clean, flat, but with texture. Ethan loves flaps (what kid doesn’t?)! To create the first book flap I just glued a Mini Memory File to a 12×12 paper (that I first cut into a bracket shape by using the chipboard Memory File as a template).
Inside I added a photo of the three of us, that I took with my phone on his first day of school. Precious, right?! I wrote captions clearly so that he could read my handwriting.
On the back side of this page, I added photos from his first day in class where his teacher kindly torched the parents by reading, “The Kissing Hand.” If you have not read this book to your child, it is a must have for any home library. Although, for the first day of school it made all the parents cry. I love how the school calendar is pictured in the background so that you can tell what day it was.
I then cut along the seam of page protectors making sure that I was just removing the holes. These protectors were a little longer than the Memory File. So, I just slipped in the art work and punched new holes and added them on the office rings.
Ethan has already lost two teeth! I thought this was a great place to add all those teeth lost this year! I used the numbers already printed on the Vintage Chic paper to place the date stamp next to. To create the title, I used Heidi Swapp’s Adjectives Words Cutting Files in Photoshop and typed “Lost Teeth” underneath! I then ran my scrapbook paper into my printer and printed it out.
I thought this free Calendar Printable was perfect for recording those special moments or milestones through out the school year.
What would a book be without a few stories to tell? I created this book flap to store some in.
I reinforced the office ring and hole punch by gluing down a Vintage Chic Note card in half along the edge. This will help that ring stay put while it gets flipped up and down.
I took a few more of the note cards and put them on the office ring so that I had more places to add special notes. This first one has what they do during the week.
On the other side of the flap, I added an interactive book so that I can write special Kindergarten stories inside for him to read.
Inside, I stamped a few titles using Pink Paislee’s Portfolio Clear Stamp set. Then the little pages are ready for me to fill as the stories come in!
Lastly, I created a place to keep some field trip photos, so that Ethan could relive all the places he went while in Kindergarten.
Using another Mini Memory File, I created a reinforced edge with gluing two paper strips together the length of the file. I then punched holes in the new edge and slipped it on the rings.
I also created a title in Photoshop for the tag, using the Summer Words Cutting File Kit and adding “Field Trip” underneath. Since the note cards are not double sided, I created another one for the opposite side.
Inside the Mini File, I glued the FotoSleeve so that the photos are protected while also giving Ethan lots of flaps to turn!
I hope you were inspired to create an interactive book for your own child to read, explore, and discover! I surprised Ethan with his new Memory File and you can watch his reaction below!