School Year Memory Books

Aug 24, 2015

School is back—three words my kids dread hearing. Even I am not looking forward to the end of summer holidays!

The start of school brings an onslaught of artwork, forms, newsletters, test papers, Valentines and all sorts of "precious" bits of paper our kids won't throw out.

This school year, we're building a better system to help mama deal with all these little treasures. My countertops are just not the solution!

We're starting the year with scrapbooks designed to hold all the memories my children can gather.

You Will Need:

  • a binder with a clear window pocket on the front
  • white paper, card stock and patterned paper
  • markers, pens, pencils
  • stickers
  • glue
  • scissors
  • hole punch
  • I also provided my kids with a photo of themselves to add to the front title page

Supplies needed for a back-to-school memory book.


1. Have your child design and decorate a title page for their memory book with all the materials you have provided, leaving a space for a photo if you desire.

A child draws the title page of their memory book.

2. Once their title page is complete, slip it into the front cover of the binder. I added a piece of patterned card stock behind the title page to add a little more colour and personality to the books.

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3. That's it! Throughout the year, your child can fill the binder with all kinds of papers and keepsakes from their school year: favourite lunches, school pictures, essays, artwork and more. All they'll need is a glue stick and a hole punch!

Inserting pages into a memory binder.

Happy back to school everyone! Happy memory keeping!

Article Author Arlee Greenwood
Arlee Greenwood

Arlee is an Early Childhood Educator, earning her degree at BYU Idaho. She runs a government accredited care center in her home in Red Deer, AB. She studied with the New York Institute of Photography and she owns her own photography studio. Arlee is a mother of 6, an aspiring yogi, a lover of books, bento box lunches, travel, good food and wine. She’s a blogger in her “spare time” and she will never say no to chocolate. Find her at Small Potatoes, on Twitter and on Facebook.

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