Kitty’s scrapbooks

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I started keeping scrapbooks of Kitty’s work when she started school… we now have three albums and they are well-thumbed family favourites!

Here’s a little peek inside…

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The albums themselves are from Hobbycraft.

They weren’t at all expensive (£5 each, I think?) and have held up pretty well, considering how often they’re looked at.

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We pop *a lot* into each book! But they fit beautifully in an Ikea cube unit, so are no trouble to store.

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I started the first album because Kitty brought so much home from school each term.

I’m a bit of a minimalist, so really disliked the idea of keeping box-fulls of books and artwork.

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So with this system, I pick out our favourite pieces (or a couple of pages from each school book) then put the rest in the recycling bin.

I know – that sounds heartless, but it works for us.

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I like to get Kitty to contribute to the books at certain points… it’s fun to see how her handwriting and thoughts change over the years.

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In my Design Team days, the pages were rather beautifully embellished!

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Lots of photos go in these books too.

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I’m so glad I kept scraps like this that make me smile!

“No Mummys allowed to open this envelope – only Dads.” Not sure what I’d done wrong that day!

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It’s lovely to see how her artistic skills have developed over the years.

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Sometimes I’ll combine her artwork with my mixed media experiments…

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… but most of the time these days, the genius is all hers!

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It’s making me so happy to see her scrapbooking skills develop – we’re actually at the point now where her layouts are going into proper page protectors in an album of her own.

Watch out in ten years time, Felicity Jane!

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My favourite thing about these books is how treasured and comforted they clearly make Kitty feel.

She’ll often choose to flip through her books at bedtime or when she’s feeling a little low.

Scraptherapy for small people!

4 thoughts on “Kitty’s scrapbooks

  1. Suse Fish

    Ah, that sounds brilliant! How great that you’ve kept your school projects too – those must be wonderful to look through 🙂

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  2. I have kept small stashes of school projects that I, my husband and children made. Seeing what you’ve done, I think I’ll combine them into one album with four sections that can be separated later, if need be. And I really like that you’ve added photos of Kitty. I am always wondering what to do with those school photos we all end up with, and now I am inspired to add them in! TFS!

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