Make a Kids' Artwork Binder
My friend Aleta has three artistic children who refuse to let their artwork go to waste. As a result her cabinets and walls and tabletops are coated with artwork. How can we get the kids to pick their favorite pieces and store them carefully? With custom artwork binders!
Of course, it didn't occur to me until after I finished Xavier's binder (in this photo) that I should take pictures and make a lens. Seriously, how could *I* not think of that??
Making the binders is simple, and you probably have most of the supplies you need in your house. Kids can even build their own covers as part of the art project!
First, you'll need the binder supplies
When you're picking binders for this project, you want something that's at least an inch wide and has a clear window on at least one side. This will protect the cover artwork and make it easy to change.
These are relatively easy to find but its worth spending a little extra on the heavy duty binders and page protectors. Don't forget to pick binders with a view!
While you're shopping, I've also recommended two items I never craft without - double-sided tape and a guillotine paper cutter.
I use this stuff for ALL my scrapbooking projects. Yes, it's photo safe! Of course, you don't need a case of 12, but I would certainly use it!
Another item I won't scrap without is my guillotine paper trimmer. Everyone always wants to borrow it. I also have a smaller version for mini-projects, but this makes everything go quick and easy. Just remember - measure twice, cut once, and keep your fingers out of the way!
Other scrapbooking supplies you'll need
If you're an avid scrapbooker or already have kids' crafts laying around, you probably won't need anything special other than your existing odds and ends.
- Straight and design scissors, decorative punches, paper cutter.
- Colorful, patterned paper. This is a great way to use scraps from other projects.
- Stickers and embellishments. Think flowers, brads, buttons, ribbon.
- Double-sided and single sided tape, glue stick, scrapbooking adhesives.
- Photos and bits of artwork, if you wish!
Make a binder for each school year so your kids can look back at how their masterpieces have progressed!
Gathering my suppliesClick thumbnail to view full-size
Xavier's Super Artwork!
For Xavier's binder...
I used a Creative Memories Make Believe kit purchased from my friend Donna.
Building Mina's binder - Step-by-step instructions for Mina's binder coverClick thumbnail to view full-size
When you're done building the cover, carefully slide it into the front window and fill the binder with page protectors.
Mina's Awesome Work!
What of your kids' artwork do you save?
Do you save it all? Just a few things? Toss it and replace it?
How much of your kids' artwork do you keep?
These binders aren't just for kids. Mom and dad, save your artwork too!
I've also started binders for my three step-kids, so look for more great photos of those soon!