Mother’s Day Memory Binder

Still looking for a Mother’s Day gift for this Sunday? Here’s an idea for a project you still have time to make! I created this binder with a personalized cover and plastic sheet protectors inside to store all my son’s artwork. He’s still a toddler so for now I filled the binders with a few paintings he’s done over the past few months along with some photos of him making those paintings. Now his grandmas have a place to store and preserve all those precious creations from their grandchildren!

Materials: 3 ring binder with plastic exterior pockets, scrapbooking supplies, clear page protectors

1. Use the scrapbooking supplies to decorate the exterior as simply or elaborately as you like.

2. Fill the inside page protectors. I put a painting my son did in the front of each page protector and photos of him making the painting showing on the back. You could leave out the photos and keep it to strictly artwork though!

For the photo pages I cut pieces of scrapbook paper to 8 1/2″ x 11″ and printed the date of each painting and used rubber cement to attach two photos. I left these pages pretty simple so they’d be easy to put together as my son makes new artwork. If you’re a scrapbooker you could make these pages more elaborate. I was able to get each album started with 3 paintings and photo pages.

Now for future Mother’s Days, other holidays, or whenever we feel creative we can start filling up these books. And while you’re making one for the moms in your life, don’t forget to make one for yourself too! I can see myself filling this up with cards, notes, and artwork for years to come.

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  8 comments for “Mother’s Day Memory Binder

  1. May 6, 2011 at 10:50 am

    What a great idea! My 2 year old and I do art everyday and I wasn’t sure what to do with each piece! I certainly don’t have enough room on my refridgerator. Thanks so much!

  2. May 6, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Awesome idea. I like that it is not a hardcore scrapbook, makes it less intimidating for a scrapbooking novice like myself :)

    http://loveaffairwithmybrother.blogspot.com

  3. May 7, 2011 at 6:49 am

    What a great idea! Please come over and show off this project at my linky party!

    • May 7, 2011 at 9:25 am

      Thanks Terry! We’ve linked up at your blog. :)

  4. May 9, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    This is a genius way to preserve children’s art. Most of the memories and fun are in the process, and not the end result. Brilliant juxtaposing the pictures process to the end result.

  5. May 10, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    This is a gret idea!!! I love how economical it is as opposed to buying a scrapbook!! Thanks for sharing!

  6. May 12, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    I’ve saved all kinds of my kids art work, but haven’t done anything with them. I love the binder idea. If will be so easy to customize for each child with these binders. Thanks for the idea!

    I’d love it if you linked up to my Making a Home linky.

    Linda @ Linda’s Lunacy
    http://www.lindaslunacy.blogspot.com

    • May 12, 2011 at 9:53 pm

      We’ll link up a couple projects, thanks Linda!

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