We're coming at ya today with another blog post for the new series on this space we've entitled PUNCH-A-PALOOZA! The posts in this series will showcase projects created using The Happy Planner™ PUNCH. Today we're sharing this child's art organization album made by mambi Design Team member Nicole Lensen.
About this project, Nicole writes:
"Hi, I'm Nicole and I'm a preschooler's mom. What does that mean? Art work. Lots and lots of art work. I'm drowning in a million little pieces of art work heaven. I'm sure if you have a child of any age you have the same problem and I swear -- I only keep the most adorable, special pieces of art work, but even still, I have SO. MUCH. ART WORK. I could wallpaper a room with it all! Instead of creating a home decor faux pas I decided to go a much more practical route to corral the mass of child art work I have accumulated.
I've seen a hundred Pinterest recommendations on how to organize child art work and I've tried several different methods. However, I've found this to be the best solution. I created a Child Art Album. I used two full sheets of the new Expandable Paper Pads as the front & back covers, leaving the sheets still folded in a rectangle they are thicker and 13" in height, which worked perfect for containing the various size pieces of art. I used my Happy Planner™ Punch and two sets of regular discs (depending on how old your child is & the amount of art work you have you may want to use the Expander Discs instead). This is the incredible thing about the disc system: you can create any size album! So my Child Art Album has 12 discs since it is 13" in height. Once I had my discs and paper covers in place, I decorated the front with my son's name using bright mambiSTICKS alphabet letters and a little pencil from the 'I Heart School' pack of mambiSTICKS. Then I got to punching!"
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"It was so easy and my punch did great on a variety of art work paper types. Even a paper plate four leaf clover! The majority of the art work had plenty of space to allow for punching, however I had a few unique or special pieces that I didn't want to punch, so I just used the handy Snap-In Tabs on those items. The Snap-In Tabs worked great even on a Thanksgiving project that used a thick piece of cardboard. I also used the Snap-In Tabs to include my son's first day of school sign, which I will use as my school year dividers in this Art Work Album as the years go on.
This whole project took 15 minutes, including the time it took me to run all over my house tracking down rogue art projects! I feel super confident that I can keep up on this organization system, since all it requires is punching art projects once a week when they come home with my son. When he starts school next year I will make another first day of school sign for that grade and include that as my divider. I went through as many pieces as possible and noted the date and his age on the back for record. I love how this project turned out and I love that even if I missed a few projects initially it will be a breeze to punch them and insert in the correct chronological order since the disc system is so flexible!"
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Shop supplies Nicole used to create this project by clicking on the items below.