Back to School Scrapping

School is a major part of a child's life. And if you have kids, scrapbooking their school year is a major part of your paper crafting world. Throughout the year there are plenty of opportunities to take great photos and scrap great pages of your student. Here are my mom-tested tips!

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Photo Ops

If you have elementary school-age children, take advantage of this time to get as many photos as you can. In just a year or two, your child will not want you taking photos in the classroom!

For now, I make sure to get a photo of my daughter Lauren with her teacher on the first day of school. I'll take another of the "first day" outfit with the new backpack and Lauren standing in front of the school (preferably in front of the school sign). I'll be able to get a photo of Lauren in the classroom sitting at her desk for maybe another year before she feels it's just far too embarrassing for me to be in the room with her.

My biggest tip for prolonging the photo-taking years as long as possible is this: Do not make a spectacle of yourself. Yes, Mom and Dad—that means you get in, take what you can get, and get out of the classroom or away from the bus. If you're low-key about taking a few photos and resist the urge to pose your child, your chances are better for next year.

That being said, there are also some key moments throughout the year you'll want to try to get pictures of.

Your child's class will likely have several parties throughout the year. Halloween, Valentine's Day, and winter holiday parties are wonderful opportunities to take photos. And a lot of teachers love having parent volunteers, giving you a great reason to be in the classroom—without embarrassing your child.

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Fieldtrips are other great photo opportunities. Snap a picture of your child getting on the bus and describe the trip in your child's own words. Like classroom parties, fieldtrips are events that often need parent volunteers, giving you an opportunity to take pictures of the actual trip!

When it's time to craft

After you've gotten your child's school pictures taken, it's time to scrap them! Now, if you're a busy mom like me it's hard to find time to scrap...much less find time to search for supplies. Fortunately there's my favorite new product Finished in a Flash!™ School. It has everything I'll need to scrapbook memorable school photos. Great bright papers, adorable embellishments, Brad Buddies™ and even ribbons!

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One of the reasons I love this kit is that even though the pages come in great 12"x12" papers perfect for double-page spreads, you aren't limited to using them that way. With the Finished in a Flash!™ School kit I was able to create this great mini album plus a card for Lauren's teacher!

There are several ways to organize your child's school pages. If you organize your scrapbooks chronologically then your school pages will be slotted between vacation and Christmas pages. You can also create albums by theme, having an album dedicated to your child's entire school career—either one book for the whole year, or a book of all elementary or middle school. Either organizational method will work, and both are great ways to organize your pages.

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In school scrapbooks I love to dedicate a couple of pages to my child's schoolwork. Artwork your child has created or stories they've written make great additions to scrapbooks, adding a personal touch that'll bring back memories every time you look at them. Pocket pages are great for holding drawings. If the pieces are too large or bulky to fit on the page or in a pocket, you can also photograph them or scan them.

Scrapbooking your child's school year is a great way to preserve memories of their childhood. After all, school is a major part your child's life and it's bound to be a major part of your scrapbooking. With a little luck you'll be able to get some great pictures of your child's school year and be able to create scrapbook pages that will bring back great memories of their childhood!


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