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Last time I visited my parents, I brought home a large bin full of old school papers, yearbooks, various event programs, report cards, and pictures. Back when I graduated high school, not a lot of people scrapbooked, or at least they didn’t in my hometown. My mom did, however, make me a simple album to hold my various awards, each year’s school photo, and a few photos here and there, but everything else just got packed away in a bin.

It was really fun to go back and look at everything. I realized that even though it’s only been 11 years since I graduated high school,  some of my memories–especially those of my elementary school days–are already starting to get fuzzy. It took me a minute to remember my 1st grade teacher’s name.  While some of my school projects I vividly remember, others I don’t really remember doing. Even class photos–some of my elementary school classmates I have a hard time remembering their names!

It was then that I decided to make my own school scrapbook. There’s no rule that says you can only make school albums for your children. Your own school days memories are worth remembering, too. It doesn’t matter how many years it’s been since you were a student!

Here’s what I’m going to do:

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“Back to School” is right around the corner so I thought I would share a great tip for making school themed layouts…

If you are like me, you have mounds of school papers and kids artwork that you don’t want to throw out, but they are too large to scrapbook and they just take up too much room to store.  Why not make a color copy?  By making a copy, you can choose any size that works for you..Brilliant!  You could even use multiple art projects all on one layout. :)   If you are lucky enough to live near an Archiver’s, you can do it all right in the store!  Make copies, print photos and scrapbook in the workroom. Doesn’t get much better than that!

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This is a cool idea I saw a few years ago.

On the first day of school each year, take a photo of your child holding up the number of fingers that represents the grade they are in. One finger for first grade, two for second grade and so on. For 11th grade have them hold up one finger on each hand…..12th grade, one finger on their right hand and two fingers on their left. I created this layout even though my son was already in middle school when I learned of this fun idea.

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