School Work Storage
Do you have a million papers and art creations all over the place? I did. I felt like it was overwhelming as the school year ended. There were stories, drawings, math problems, art creations, and a bit of everything else! So what do you do with all of this wonderfulness? We can save it, but what will they do with it later in life? Pitch it? Probably. So I decided that I would scrapbook it. I started by taking pictures of each piece of work (yes this took a while). I used a light box that I made using this tutorial. This allowed me to get good, clean pictures of their work without any shadows. Then I scrapbooked the pictures using my digital scrapbook program. I added some pictures of the girls working and some of the other fun things we did that I didn’t have papers for. My hope is that this will become a fun way to look back over what we have done this year! I made sure I wrote out some of the details of what we learned for each subject so we can remember (I didn’t include any of those pages for you to see though, since they have the girls names all over them)! I think that they turned out pretty well. Here are a few of pages I made for the girls:
Here are some pages from Pup’s book:
There are some from Bunny’s Book:
This project took me weeks to finish, but I think that it is worth it. Not only was I able to save their work digitally. It also made me realize that we did a lot more work then I thought! It was so cool to put them together and see how the girls grew, changed, and learned over the year. It really was a blessing and helped me recover a bit from the burnout I was feeling. To see the great learning and the fun we had made me ready to start thinking about how to work next year too! Plus clearing things up is always a great way to feel accomplished! 🙂 So here is my question for all of you:
How do you save, preserve, and keep all those memories? Do you save them all or do you toss things out? Do you have a portfolio or just a box? I would love to hear what you do! Happy Summer!
PS. Yes I did throw out most of their work after it was photographed. They did each save a folder full of their favorites!
June 28, 2013 @ 12:59 am
Looks great!!! I love how you took so many “candid” photos. I need to work on that for next year. Lots of photos doing school, etc. I seem to get photos of other things but never school….yet, its a big part of our life…must do more candid photos of school and not project specific, etc. Great blog! Can’t wait to read more!! Jen @ Home Is Where They Send Us
June 28, 2013 @ 11:52 am
Glad you popped by! Use so many of the photos of the girls doing their school work for this blog. So much of our work is Montessori, so there is not as much written work in the beginning. So I started the blog to help me remember what we did! Its kinda taken on a life of its own. 🙂 I was so glad to be able to do something with all the pictures I have taken over the year! 🙂 Great to meet you!
June 28, 2013 @ 5:17 pm
Wow!! Steph!!! I LOVE LOVE THIS idea!!! Your work its SOOO BEAUTIFUL!! It’s so cool to seat back and enjoy a beautiful school year this way!!!! Thank you!!
June 28, 2013 @ 5:40 pm
Thanks Karen. I got them printed at Shutterfly online and the girls are really excited to get them! I love that I could see all the work that we did! 🙂