Repost Project Life: School Binders and Family Hike

Original date: 9.06.12

I’m so excited today!  My Amazon order came in with a few goodies I ordered:


I needed new pens to write with so I ordered these precision pens of various sizes from American Crafts.  Then, I ordered Design G Photo Pocket Pages from Becky Higgins.  I really like the combination of two small 3×4 pockets with two vertical and two horizontal 4×6 pockets.  A month ago I ordered one set of dividers and really loved everything about them so I ordered another one.  I’m sure I will probably go through these as quickly as I did the first order.  You can see how I’m using them below.

These are the binders for my girls.  I’ve separated them five years in each book using school grade levels as breaking points: Birth to Pre-K and Kindergarten to 5th Grade.  These binders will include:

1. Documents and photos from birth.  The legal documents (such as proof of birth) will not be stored in these binders.  They are stored in a fire safe locked safe, of course.

2. Documents, artwork, and photos from their individual activities such as dances recital, catechism (as mentioned in the previous post), things they do with their friends, etc.  Just basically anything that is exclusive to them.

3. School stuff.

This soft pink binder is Kylie’s.  You can see how I’ve used the dividers to separate each year.  It’s so neat that Becky’s labels come with pre made label stickers with numbers, months of the year, and school grade levels on them.  The label packets also include blank stickers so you can write whatever you want on them.  I wrote “Birth” on that first label (above).  I was surprised at how thick and sturdy the dividers and label stickers were and I love it.  You can see that I’m not done with Kyie’s binder.  I’m missing Year Two and Year Three dividers and it was because I ran out of dividers.  Now that I’ve got more, I can continue.  Not that I couldn’t before without them.  It just seems easier to have the dividers tell me I’m missing something in that section and need to go look for it…LOL!

This bright pink binder is Kida’s.  This is to show you how I’ve used the dividers and labels in her binder.  Again, it helps me see where I need to go looking for stuff.

This is Kida’s first page under the labeled divider, Kindergarten.  It is a digital scrapbook page I created last year for Roseyties Designs, a designer I used to create layouts for.  You can see the actual digital layout here.

Next is her Kidergarten class picture.  I used the 8×10 horizontal sleeve by Becky Higgens for this photo.  The photo was actually slightly smaller than 8×10 so I cut a scrapbook paper to 8×10 and used double-sided tape to tape it on.  That’s it for Kindergarten so far.  I know I have boxes of her stuff somewhere in the basement that I’ll need to dig for.


This report card was when we moved to the new house and she started second grade at the new school.  I used the 8.5×11 sleeves by We R Memory Keepers.

In the spring of that same year she finished her Holy Communion through the Hmong Catholic Catechism.  I used the 8×10 horizontal sleeve by Becky Higgins.

Here is an example of an incomplete page.  The first item, the image of a coyote with the words, “Welcome Back!” is a postcard her teacher sent her before the school year started.  I used a 4-6×6 sleeve by We R Memory Keepers for this.

This is the flip side with the writing on the backside of the postcard.

The 4×6 image with the words, the reindeer, and santa was made using papers and elements from a designer I used to create layouts for named, Creations by Tinamarie.



This was from the play, The Nutcracker, through her dance school.  She got a small part playing one of the mice.  The sleeve is design A from Becky Higgins.

This is at the end of her Kindergarten through 5th Grade binder.  It is a large envelope to store things that don’t fit into a sleeve such as, her written books, artwork, etc.  I named it 4th Grade but I’ll be changing it something that will encompass all her years.

Last, here are pages that I’ve completed for our family binder from our hike this summer:








I used a combination of sleeves from Becky Higgins and We R Memory Keepers.  I also used scrapbook papers that I’ve cut up before taking down the names of the company/designers.  I’ll work on getting things like that down next time.  The quotes I use in the sleeves are from Pinterest.

Hope you’ve been inspired.

A Burial and Level Books

Sunday evening, Kylie learned that her favorite fish, a beta named Bubbles, had died.  He was found floating at the top of the fish tank.  Kylie cried and cried.  I’ve never seen anyone cry as much and as hard as she has over a little fish.  She thought it was the water frog, whom also shared the tank with Bubbles, that killed him so she wanted the frog returned to the pet shop asap.  Husband told her it wasn’t the frog.  Bubbles was just underfed.

We promised we’d take her to Lowe’s to buy some flowers and do an official burial.


Kindergarten Level Books

I mentioned Kylie’s studying paid off in the blog post here.  The books she was studying are level books.  The back of the books show the reading level they are at.  The standard reading level for a Kindergarten before heading off to first grade should be level 3.  When I took the photos below, Kylie was reading at level 8.  Last week she was actually reading level 9 books.  These books are given to her by her teacher to read each week.  The readings often include a paper assignment in which they have to complete a comprehension bubble map.





Kylie really enjoys reading these books but there are moments when there’s just too many big words or just way too many words that overwhelm her.  I tend to let her break when she wants a break.  Sometimes, when she’s up for it, she’ll go for 45 mins!  I find that amazing.  I never thought a kid could focus for that long at anything.


First Day of School

Yesterday was the first day of school for both my girls.  Kida started 5th grade and Kylie started Kindergarten.  I am still trying to sort all my feelings out and have not been very productive with anything around the house or the new digital scrapbook kit I’ve been working on.  When I see a photo of them when they were babies and toddlers, I get teary-eyed (yeah, the photo of the month for this month gets to me) .  I am overwhelmed by the simple fact that they are growing.

I am also nervous about Kylie’s Kindergarten.  On her first day, she cried in class and came home crying.  Something of hers was misplaced at school and she wasn’t able to participate in an activity.  It bothered her all evening yesterday and this morning.  I spoke to her teacher this morning about it and was told that item was found and all is good.  Kylie gets her feelings hurt easily and I’m not sure what to do except tell her things will sometimes happen not in her favor and let her go through the pains.

Kida loves 5th grade and I have nothing else to say. 🙂