As a parent, I know how important it is to remember the years when your kids were so little. It’s cliche but they really do grow up so fast. Our kids are now 24 years old and 13 years old and the baby and kid years flew by. I wish that I started memory books when they were little.
Now that we have grandchildren, it’s a great time to start memory books for them. There are so many different options for memory or keepsake books but I want to start the new year right with a book full of stats for the kiddos. Memory books for each child are perfect for keeping up with their statistics as they get older. It’s so fun as a parent or a grandparent to look back on the years and reminisce about when the kids were little.
But do not feel that you have to make a memory book for your kids or grandkids. You are definitely not a bad parent or grandparent if you don’t do this for your kids. I was so good with keeping a baby book for my twins but when the third child was born, I was lucky to have entered his birth date in the book! This is just a fun and simple way to be creative with your kids or grandkids without breaking the bank. Believe me, I know how expensive those baby books can be!!
What are some DIY memory book ideas?
There are so many different ways to make a memory or keepsake book.
New Years Statistics Book: I’m keeping mine pretty simple and just gathering up their stats every new year with one or two pages. I could also include some pictures or artwork in the book and keep them separate with folders every year. But I don’t want to make the book really big.
School Memory Book: Another kind of memory book is a school memory book or keeper. This is great for a parent that has a lot of artwork coming home but doesn’t want to clutter up their house with all those papers. Add some statistics pages like the kind that I will give you at the bottom of this post and some folders with pockets and you’re all set!!
Milestone Book: If you just want to keep track of special memories, you could keep a milestone book. This would only be for major milestones like first day of kindergarten, sweet 16 party, graduating high school, etc. This book would be full of pictures and maybe a keepsake from that special day.
Photo Book: Photo books are great because you can just add your favorite photos of special times in your child’s life, enter a short description of what was happening when the photo was taken and you’re done! This is a great keepsake and doesn’t take up too much of your time.
Scrapbook: If you are really creative, you could create a scrapbook. This is a very decorated album full of pictures, memorabilia and journaling. The pages could be filled with fun and colorful stickers and special items like concert tickets or even the kid’s diploma. The scrapbooking craze hit full force in the late 80’s and early 90’s. I never really got into that faze but I loved seeing how creative a person could get with their scrapbooking layouts.
Memory Book Covers: You can definitely DIY your memory book covers by adding stickers and embellishments. You can also make them look professional by adding their name and information about what the book is on a word document and glue it to the front of the book. However you want to personalize it is completely up to you.
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Supplies needed to make a memory book.
The memory book that I am making today is pretty simple.
To keep the pages safe, I enclosed them in some plastic sleeves.
You will also need to come up with some statistics to add to the book.
How to make memory books.
I am making these memory books so short and easy. We don’t see our grandkids every day but we try to make the most of the time that we do see them. So any project that is fun and fast is perfect!
For the cover page, I painted the kid’s feet and hands and placed them on a piece of paper.
It was so difficult to get the 7 month old’s hand and feet prints. I thought that I would get a perfect print while she was sleeping but, of course, she woke up wondering what in the world Amma was doing painting her hands!! We did the best we could and got them done.
The 3 year old’s prints were much better but painting on his foot with a paint brush tickled and we almost had little feet prints all over the rug trying to get away from me!
After the paint dried, I used a glue stick and stuck the numbers on each hand and foot print.
We had 2 hands and 2 feet per page and the numbers that I used for the cover page was the year, 2019.
After we made the cover page, I added the statistics page and that’s it!! Very easy and ready for memories from each new year.
I could also add a pocket folder with 3 holes if I want to include their artwork. I may add that at a later date but for now, this is perfect.
Watch the full how-to video here:
Do you make memory books for your kids or grandkids?
Comment below if you do or don’t, either way. I would also love to know what kind of memory books you create.