100 Days

Today is the 100th day of school for my child.  To mark the occasion she and her classmates were asked to bring in 100 of their favorite items.

Yes, the assignment that parents from coast-to-coast dread each year.

It’s even more dreadful when your kid reminds you that she needs said items two hours before they’re due.

So, you run around like a nutcase looking for 100 what to cram into a Ziploc bag?

Cheerios, LEGOs, coffee beans… blood, sweat, tears?

When all is said and done, hopefully you remember to snap a photo of your kid holding up his bag full of Q-tips so you can preserve the moment in your scrapbook.

This is just one of many layouts you can design for your child’s school days memory album.  And you thought that documenting the first and last days of school would be all that was worth scrapping.

On the contrary, there are a slew of worthwhile moments to preserve regardless of your child’s age.  For example, if your son or daughter is too young to get a report card you could document his or her development with a handprint kit.  Have your child make handprint pages at the beginning and end of the school year. You will likely be amazed at how much larger her handprint appears in just eight short months.

If you have older children, consider crafting layouts that feature your child’s progress in various school subjects such as English, Science, Math and Social Studies.  You could also record the titles of your child’s favorite books, and then embellish the page with excerpts from book reports.  Another idea is to preserve special artwork in your child’s school memory book.  Depending on how large or elaborate the artwork, you could use it to decorate an entire page or you could place the masterpiece in a frame made of cardstock and decorate the remainder of the layout with school-themed stickers, stamps and die cuts.


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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.