How to Make a Preschool Scrapbook

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There's no better way to remember those dear old golden days or the bright, smiling faces they produce than to create a memory album. A preschool scrapbook will make your young one proud of her first year of school and give her something she'll treasure as she grows and moves on to bigger and better things. All the dizzying choices in the craft stores may make you think it's complicated to put a scrapbook together, but, if you know the basic steps, you can do it in a snap.

Things You'll Need

  • Preschool memorabilia
  • Folders or envelopes
  • Cardstock
  • Decorative scrapbooking paper
  • Embellishments (stickers, die cuts, rubber stamps, etc.)
  • Adhesive (glue sticks or double-sided tape)
  • Pens or markers
  • Scrapbook with drop-in page holders
  • Collect your child's memorabilia from preschool. Some things to include in a preschool scrapbook are pages from finished workbooks and notebooks, test papers, progress reports, ribbons and prizes, reading lists, photos of the class and teacher, events, projects and an assortment of photos of your smiling student in school-related activities. Sort through them and select the ones that you want to put in the scrapbook.

  • Organize your collection of memorabilia into categories to help you create layouts and sort them into folders or envelopes. A layout is one or more pages that has its own topic or story to tell. A one-page layout may feature the first day of school, while you might need a five-page layout featuring the school holiday pageant.

  • Decide on a decorative theme. A theme helps you decide what colors and decorations to put in it and keeps the scrapbook's style consistent. For example, a "little red schoolhouse" theme may feature primary colors -- mainly red -- and stickers of smiling children, pencils, books and rulers. A "busy as little bees" theme might use honey-colored pages, hexagon die cuts and bee rubber stamps.

  • Start putting together your first layout. Work on layouts in chronological order, or create the layouts in whatever order you choose and put them in chronological order later. Choose a piece of cardstock in the color of your choice for the page background.

  • Arrange the elements on the page without adhseive. Move around photos, memorabilia and embellishments, and leave space for journaling so you can add your memories or thoughts. If you have trouble coming up with a pleasing arrangement, use page sketch diagram to guide you.

  • Affix all the elements in place with adhesive once you're satisfied with the arrangement. Add the pages to a scrapbook by sliding the pages into the page holders and present the book to the child.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't clutter your scrapbook by trying to include every drawing and worksheet; be selective to show the child's best or favorite work, or whatever you consider samples representative of what the child did that year.
  • Purchase envelope or pocket embellishments so that you can glue them to the page. These will hold folded paperwork and small items so that you can remove them to look at them whenever you want.
  • Get a scrapbook that is 12 x 12 or 8 x 10; most papers and embellishments accommodate those standard sizes.
  • Get a scrapbook that is a binder or post-bound so that you can add, subtract or rearrange pages.
  • Use only scrapbooking materials (glue, paper, pens, embellishments) labeled "archival safe" or "acid free." This will prevent your precious memorabilia from being damaged or discolored with age.

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