Now I know this is a situation that every mother deals with: what to do with your children's artwork? For years I've know I wanted a way to handle it, but an idea escaped me. I do scrapbook my children's photos (or at least I did, and still plan to catch up), but what about their masterpieces, certificates, ribbons, and other various things you just can't throw away?
Finally, I got an idea that was so easy I was embarassed I didn't think of it sooner: binders! Just simple 3-ring binders from WalMart and clear page protectors. I bought one binder for each child.
Then, in no certain order, I started slipping pictures and papers into the page protectors. Within an hour, I had binders filled for 3 of my 4 kids! (Baby doesn't do anything but eat the paper at this point.)
Here is Claudia's notebook with a 4H certificate and ribbon:
Here is a sample of Claudia's painting from about 3 years ago:
Here is Chloe's binder featuring a Christmas card she designed, a Chuck-E-Cheese photo, and a library reading program certificate.
Chloe's drawings from quite a few years ago. I'm so glad I saved them!
All of these memories had been stuffed in a file folder or stacked on a shelf in my desk. Now the kids regularly look through their notebooks, and my need for order is satisfied!