School Papers Year Book

What do you do with all those papers and art projects that have accumulated over the school year?

I don’t want them floating around my house, but some of them are just too precious to trash. Is that because my oldest just “graduated” from kindergarten and I am still starry-eyed about my kids being in school? (Ok …possibly.) The teacher in me just wants to organize them all into a little book and that’s exactly what I did!

I have a basket with folders for each of my kids. When a paper come home from school that I find especially adorable, it hangs in the “aRt Gallery” for a little while and then it goes into the basket.

Vinyl Door Frames

The basket has a folder for each kid. I put the paper in the back of the folder to keep them in some kind of chronological order. But, by the end of the year …it looks like this:


So, I went through the folder one more time–really only keeping things I loved or knew the kids would love seeing later on–art projects, a handwriting sample from the beginning and end of the year, 100% math papers, etc.

Any paper that was an odd shape, I mounted on construction paper like so:

End of the Year Book with School Papers

When everything was a similar size, I took the stack to my local FedEx. For $5.00 (!!!!!!) they bound it for me into something that is manageable and allows us to enjoy the memories more readily. Five dollars, friends!

Preserve School Work

Managing School Papers


What about 3D projects?

Well, those get a special place of honor on a cake stand on the kitchen table for about a week …and then they do end up in the trash. SHHHHH! Don’t tell. (Unless it was truly a Michelangelo moment, then it goes in their memory box in their room.)

How to display kids artwork


Does anyone else have guilt about trashing school projects?

Help a new school mom out here!



I moustache you a question…

Will you be my valentine?

Sent these valentines to our families–including birth families–in post card form.

I hope they get a giggle out of them. We sure had a blast making them.

Here’s a peek at the full Valentine package that each of the birth moms got. Those mini books are from Printstagram and they come in duplicates so you send one to Birth Mom and keep one for the kiddo’s memory box.

Valentine packages for the birth mamas. #adoption #openadoption (Link in profile.)

I know this idea is too late for you to share with your child’s birth family, but I like my kids’ birth moms to be surprised by what arrives in the mail to them. I hate for them to see it on my blog first. Just pin the above image for next year!

More birth parent gift ideas from R collection.

Compilation video of items we have sent to birth families.