trying to do a k-12 scrapbook for my kids but having a hard time on what to write.

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So I have been all over the web looking at scrapbooks that where already done for school years. I didn't like any of them they where all really dated. So I decided to make my own, but am having a really hard time on what to write. does anyone have any advice on a web site or what to write for each grade?

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Tanya - posted on 01/12/2010

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I did the same thing, I made my own book. One side of the layout has a pocket for report cards, projects, etc. (I found super cute paper with each of the grades for the pockets and just used coordinating solids for the back). The other side is some 12x12 school lined paper I found and it is for school pictures, field trip pictures and basic information. Teacher, friends, favorite subject, milestones, etc.
good luck and have fun!

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I have two scrapbooks for my son Ben. He has a general one that 's from birth to now and then he has a binder with all his schoolwork that have 100% grades and report cards. All his awards go in his scrapbook though. I hoped this helped a little bit.

Jan - posted on 01/29/2010

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I wrote my daughters friends names for each year, what she wanted to be when she grew up, a pic for each grade along with her teachers name(s), favorite foods, subjects, etc...and something she said that stood out; something we as adults chuckle at,etc...now that she has graduated high school, I love looking back at all the things I wrote, the pics of her and her friends and family...brings tears to my eyes because the time goes by so fast...my Alyssa will be 19 in April...and she even likes to look through her albums with me!

Holly - posted on 01/28/2010

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For each year -I collected pictures that represented that year. I would list his achievments and things that he did for the first time. Special moments that happened that year. I also tuck a note in from me. I talk about how proud I am of his achievments and my wish for him. sometimes a prayer is tucked in for him. When he gets older he will enjoy the pictures and the note from me. Maybe he needs that small prayer when he discovers it years down the road when I am gone.

Becky - posted on 01/14/2010

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When my children were young - I never got into scrapbooking - I just kept all their school mementos in individual boxes or storage containers - The first years - we painted those heavy duty cardboard flip top beer boxes and decorated them. They are so sturdy! Then I put them in the storage tubs they have now. These past 12 months - I have made it my mission to now - put over 30 years of Memories - and my 5 childrens "school Stuff'" into books.



What I have done - (my 5 children are all over 19 now) - long gone are the days of scrapbooking all their school memories - with having 30 years -



I now have scanned ALL their "paper" pictures - 30 years worth - took me only a few hours with my scanner- plus some of their treasured arts and crafts - I went thru and took pictures of everything (digital cameras are the best invention!) - they had made thru the years - and even scanned some of their handwritten notes and papers. I just wish I had taken pictures of their stuff when we would hang it up on their "spots" on the walls!



If you would like any more info - or explain to you more, on how you can do this...from home on either your PC or iMac ... just PM me. The really cool and nice thing is - I do not have to down load or buy any programs or software!!!! - Only have to organize and upload what I want to put into each book or project. Plus I can store ALL everything - digital - in an unlimited storage account online and have access to it anywhere at anytime - and order several copies. The greatest thing is - I also do not have to buy any scrapbooking supplies, glues sissors, cutter, tapes, embellishments - or tools or kits -



Here are some samples and ideas of what can be done - if you are interested - send me a private message - ....... you will need adobe flash player installed on your browser and it works best with either firefox, safari or explorer - to view .



"Copy of Justins School art & projects 12x12book"

http://www.heritagemakers.com/projectBro...



School Samples-

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School Sample 1

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School sample 2

http://www.heritagemakers.com/projectBro...



Elementary - sample 1

http://www.heritagemakers.com/projectBro...



School year book sample-

http://www.heritagemakers.com/projectBro...

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Amanda Lee - posted on 03/03/2010

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you should do 1 grade each page, and on each page have 1 picture, maybe a school picture then have what they acheived in that grade. so
K - have a picture of them, then take a picture of a drawing or the people they hung out with
1 - a picture again and a spelling b , a report card.
you can continue doing that to grade 11

Then grade 12 have there grad picture and write what there goals in life are and what they want to be etc

BethAnn - posted on 01/27/2010

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I started when they were babies, every year and now that they are older every couple years...I would put a hand and foot print on a page and write about they're favourites. From favourite food, book, TV show, friends, subject, teacher etc.(when they were little I would even put their shoe size and clothing sizes and height and weight!) They are now 7 and 10 and I did it like an interivew this year. Put a picture on the page to complete it!

Pat - posted on 01/27/2010

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there is a site for a scrapbooking store in Davenport, IA that you can go to.... www.scrapaganzaonline.com There is a schools days flip book in the gallery.. If you go into the gallery and go down to the design diva Alisa and click on that you cdan scroll down and see the flip book.... My granddaugher is going to make these for her mom for Christmas next year.... It's not a large 12x12 page, but it is different and does catche the eye...

Lindsay - posted on 01/19/2010

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Keep it simple. Write out your feelings your kids feelings, what their favorite subject is, their teacher, friends, interests, etc, etc.

Julie - posted on 01/18/2010

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I have a separate scrapbook for my son's school stuff. Some things I repeat every year:
Sample of his handwriting (his name, signature)
A drawing or self portrait
A handprint
Then I put things that were specific to that year like favorite food, book, etc
What he wants to be when he grows up...
The possibilities are endless!!!

Tracy - posted on 01/18/2010

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If you can get them to write their name each year to see how their handwriting changes over the years.

Stephenie - posted on 01/16/2010

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Something maybe about the ABC's and things they have done in the classroom.

Jana - posted on 01/16/2010

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I`v just done a page or two per event, like a play, band concert, sports, try to include school picture, programs,certificates etc.There are some school year add on that are cute!!!

Barbara - posted on 01/16/2010

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I put a page in the beginning of the scrap book to hold all 9 of their class pictures K-9 (I will do a separate high school book). I put a little saying of A, B, C, School is great, watch me grow from K-8. That way you can see the progression through the years. For the first page of the specific grade I do a picture of them on the first day of school and the last. then a separate page of class trip, sport, etc. For the last page of the grade I make a page I head "Flashback" Here I put all the members of their class with stars by best friends, hearts by crushes. I also put memorable dates here and what their costume was for halloween, the cost of lunch, who their bus driver and teachers were. Any little tidbit that I think they may want to remember. My oldest is in seventh grade and she loves to look back to remember things she's already forgotten.

Good luck and have fun!

Regina - posted on 01/16/2010

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A good idea is to first figure out how many pages you want to give for each school year - is this book just highlighting school pics and special things? maybe 2-4 pages per grade. Maybe make one page a "pocket" style page to stick in a report card or special school work? Make it your own, don't worry about each book even being the same for each child .... enjoy the process and remember why you are doing it! Good luck!

Pamela - posted on 01/15/2010

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I found a web site that had poem to match what ever you had . They had such cute poem that gave you ideas for the pages with what the poem said. I put in free poem for scrapbooking to find the web site.

ShaRon - posted on 01/15/2010

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It is not about how fancy or plan the books looks it's about the memories or what was going on the moment you took the picture. If it is a school picture write about the hair cut or what your child said to you before they left for school. that morning. You are making more work for yourself, you are a mom that is work enough. Sit and have fun with it.

Nicole - posted on 01/15/2010

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You could do a "list type" journaling where you list the highlights of the year??? Or you could write a note to your child about the progress and changes that you observed over the year. Or-if they are old enuf, you could have your child write something about their favorite school thing that year and include that on the page...just some ideas! 8 )

As far as inspiration, I I would recommend scrapbook.com. They have a huge gallery and you can sort by themes. There might be some good ideas there. Good luck!

Dale - posted on 01/14/2010

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I'd like to suggest you ask your child to participate. They could write a few sentences about what they recall of each year.

Theresa - posted on 01/14/2010

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My kids had to do a scrapbook of their life for a project when they were in the 11th grade. It was their English III Jr. Project. The first thing I did was get an accordian style folder, then labeled each section, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc. We then went through all their stuff that we had saved through the years. We put pics, certificates, ribbons, class photos, sport pics, grade cards, and anything else we could find for each year in the folder under it's grade. When we got finished with the folder, we were ready to start the scrapbook. It was then a piece of cake. I also sent them to school with a camera to take pics of their teachers that were still there.
This is the way each page went. Double spread 2 pages for each year: on the left page was a pic of my child, teacher and friends that year, on the right page, was the writing for that year. I tried to help them remember things from each year, but it went something like this:
Kindergarten
This was their first year of shool. Did they have trouble adjusting? Were they excited. Who was teacher, and did they like their teacher? Who were their friends. What field trips did they take? What was their fav. subject? What was their fav. or least fav. food in the cafeteria. Did anything memorable happen this year? Did they ride the bus, if so, what did they remember about that.

You can do this for each grade, and it might help to make a list of memories for each grade before they start writing. After the two page spread, we did pages of the certificates, grade cards, awards, etc. Then start 1st grade the same way. Hope this was helpful.

Christi - posted on 01/13/2010

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I am not an expert but as far as I believe, you can not scrapbook wrong. As long as you include dates or names of what pictures are of, maybe some of the important names of the kids in the pictures, especially the friend's names you hear most, you are doing it right. I wish you much luck. I am a Creative Memories consultant and have always believed each book is an expression of your memories. Write what is important to you and you can't go wrong. Good Luck.

Angela - posted on 01/13/2010

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My sister and I are doing the school books for our kids. My Sis's oldest daughter is actually doing her own book. It is Creative Memories' picfolio max. She puts the pics on and then journals. We make her write on a regular piece of paper before the scrapbook. She always starts...Dear Scrapbook...then tells it about her teacher, her friends and the highlight of the year. She is only 8 and in 3rd grade. This is really turning into a very cute album.

I am using the primary school kit from CM. Hopefully when my daughter gets a little older, she can start keeping up with her own album!

Good luck with the album though!

Jennifer - posted on 01/13/2010

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By chance have you looked at the new picfolioo max style scrapbook system made for k-12 grade from Creative Memories. It comes with everything and I'm using that for my kids for their books. It's is a nice leather album with page sleeves, comes with all your paper to match, embellishments, and they are sleeves you slide the page into. Really nice.... but then again I'm a creative memories consultant so I might be a little biased. :)

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I do school albums for my son's. Some of the basic information I always put - who were they friends with that year, favorite subject, activities, and I always put in some of their school papers and last report card for the year

Denise - posted on 01/13/2010

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Include favorites from the year like class/subject, project or activity, indoor recess game, best friend, what your child thought was the funniest thing that happened that year, any firsts (riding a bike to school, walking home with friends). I also like to include things that they can laugh about years later or compare to their own children's school memories like - price of school lunch, enrollment fees, school start time and end time. It's a lot of fun to have them write some of the things down in their own handwiriting so you can see how they progress through the years.

Christy - posted on 01/13/2010

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Good one to add if you are still searching is and if you remember, what the wanted to be when they grew up in that particular year. Hope you are having fun with this!
One of the projects I want to start is a tot to teen album for my brother and then one for me with my moms pictures! First thing is getting ALL her pics in some order!

Robin - posted on 01/12/2010

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try bigpicturescrapbooking.com or scrapbook.com they have suplys and classes and kids projects and more

Nancy - posted on 01/12/2010

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I used to come home from scrapbook week-ends and show the kids the pages I would make...and ask them what they remembered...then I would write what "THEY" would tell me...and says ....that's good...Thanks for helping MOM with your book.

Dawn - posted on 01/12/2010

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i would add their report card. the yearly school photo and a quote of something they have said over that year that really stuck in your head. and any sporting or academic achievement for that year also

Evelyn - posted on 01/12/2010

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hi there, maybe i can help, if you want to write something try to work on the first child , and then focus on what was it the one or many you remember of your child during the begining of school activities.

Robin - posted on 01/12/2010

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try Sharing memorys in Lacey, Wa that will get you started with lots of ideas and check craft stores near u like micheles or Art co

Robin - posted on 01/12/2010

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try Sharing memorys in Lacey, Wa that will get you started with lots of ideas check craft stores near u like micheles or Art co

Robin - posted on 01/12/2010

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try Sharing memorys in Lacey, Wa that will get you started with lots of ideas check craft stores near u like micheles or Art co

Robin - posted on 01/12/2010

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try Sharing memorys in Lacey, Wa that will get you started with lots of ideas check craft stores near u like micheles or Art co

Robin - posted on 01/12/2010

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try Sharing memorys in Lacey, Wa that will get you started with lots of ideas check craft stores near u like micheles or Art co

Robin - posted on 01/12/2010

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try Sharing memorys in Lacey, Wa that will get you started with lots of ideas check craft stores near u like micheles or Art co

Sara - posted on 01/10/2010

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CM has now retired the old "school days" pages. More people want to create their own layouts. But there are some school additions that you can use to help make your book.
Were you making the book before they get to the grades, or are you planning on adding as you go? If you do it ahead of time it could be easy to pick a few journal prompts or questions to guide your pages. Actually if you do it later too, but then the kids might not remember what the answer would have been if it's a few years later when you make the book.
I tend to put a lot of stuff in my kids books, so I'm not sure how I'd ever do a K-12 book. But I do have a girlfriend that has been keeping a very simple book of her kids professional photos since they were born (or 3 months old maybe?) She just uses a 8x10 on the page, writes the age ( and height and weight when they were younger - probably stopped that when they got into school) and a few things that they really liked at the time. Just kinda a snapshot of their life at that moment. Like I said, my books have tons of pages for each year, but I love the simplicity of that book - and how you can turn a few pages and see such a difference.
Good luck!

Pam - posted on 01/10/2010

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Quoting Kerri:

maybe just simple things : teacher's name , fave subjects , fave sports, best friends , fave field trips ...Hope this helps xx


Another thing is to write what you were thinking or doing at the time you took the picture.  I have a friend who uses post it notes on the back of her pictures to remind her who the people were and what they were doing at the time.  It worked because like many of us she could end up scrapping her photos after quite some time had past.



Creative memories used to have pages that had grade, teacher, height, subjects as well.  I bought mine when my son was born but haven't seen them since.



 



 

Kerri - posted on 01/08/2010

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maybe just simple things : teacher's name , fave subjects , fave sports, best friends , fave field trips ...Hope this helps xx

Tasha - posted on 01/07/2010

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You could always think of a few questions to ask your child each year. A few samples: What is your favorite _____________? Who is your best friend? What is your favorite memory from grade _______________? Did you have a favorite event from this year of school?
The questions can get more elaborate through the years and you can find a pattern that you like and stick with it or you can vary it through the years.
I hope that this helps.

Chasity - posted on 01/07/2010

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Well you should put like there rewadrs and the cute things they said on how they got it

Rebecca - posted on 01/07/2010

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Try putting something memorable...Doesn't have to put much! Just a thought! Good luck with it!

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