Thursday, January 31, 2013

School Memory Books

For the last several weeks I have been working on making school memory books for my 3 granddaughters. The project turned out to take a lot longer than I anticipated. I am nearing the end now and thought I would post a few photos.

Each book has pockets for JK through grade 12. In each of the pockets there is a tag that can be used to add notes or photos.

I spent some time thinking about how my daughter would store the books over the 14 years and came up with the idea of a box. Next thought was..where would I buy one that would fit all three books. I tried Michaels and office supply stores and could not find anything that would work. Next thought I had was maybe I could make one. Not ever having made a box before I checked to see if I could find instructions on the net. Nothing I found really suited me, next was YouTube and that was a bit more helpful. Finally I decided to just wing it. I cut chipboard for the sides and cover. I  used the same paper to cover the chipboard as I used on the books. I attached the sides using wide black book tape.

If you look closely at the front of the box you can see the two little knobs that I put on the hinged cover. The box is kept closed with  small squares of Velcro on the inside of the cover.

The 3 books fit nicely inside.
My posting of Nov. 30, 2012 has links to the sites where I got my inspiration for the books. 


  1. I am speechless! no kidding. If you had told me that you had bought the box ready made from a fancy store, I would have believed it without a doubt. Your work is so professional and I can see you are a perfectionist. Unlike me. I could not do this. I just couldn't but love it. And I love the neatness with the pockets and the room your daughter will have to add all the papers she wants. I have to check the link and see if it's something I can try later. But how did you manage to create all the books differently? you just bought different papers? fabulous.
    Wishing to be like you but realizing I am more like Mary Ann. LOL. Hugs, dear Diane.

  2. oh this is just incredibly gorgeous! what a great idea!