Each summer since my kids have been of school-going age (and each summer that I've been a scrapbooker) I always set out to use some of my time during these short and oft-air conditioned months to catch up on their school albums.
But I have to confess: last summer? I did nothing. Zilch. Zippo. Nada.
Nope. I waited until last Spring to finish Aidan's 6th Grade section (she's going into 9th soon) and Cole's 2nd Grade section (he's just wrapping up the 4th Grade).
However, this summer, I have a whole new outlook since going digital on this project. With my digital photo library, my scanner and a spare hour, I managed to put together his 3rd grade year in a snap. All that's left to do? Upload the digital files to scrapbookpictures.com and get them printed.
I present Coleman's 3rd Grade year:
(Note: I tweaked one of the album set templates above for the sports photos! If'n you're handy with Photoshop, you can really alter these templates until the cows come home!)
And of course, the final piece is the pocket page. I have my digital file that looks like this:
I print it out, then trim, then adhere to a background of kraft cardstock.
No, the pocket isn't designed to hold bucketloads of stuff, but for his end-of-year report card and other miscellaneous items, it works like a charm.
Remember, this album is just about touch points. It's not designed to capture every single aspect of his 4th Grade year. To that end, I include random snapshots from his entire life, not just things that happen during school hours.
In the end, it's a really simple and quick way to document his school journey.
Up next? His 4th Grade year. Stay tuned…
I also have an add-on word pack with PNG and ABR files to cover 7th through 12th grade, as well as overseas and UK school titles.