When I told Katie we had an appointment with the school counselor at the Jr. High she was so excited. On the agenda: selecting classes, getting to know the campus, and school ID photos. Katie was immediately insistent that we must go get her a new haircut for that photo. 

And it got me thinking. Now is a great time to get ready to scrap school photos. I always have an overabundance of 8×10 photos, class photos, and the like from school portrait packages and they feel so out of place in my regular scrapbooks amongst the candid, “real life” photos on most of my layouts.  The solution is an album dedicated solely to the school portrait.

The Clear Scraps 12×12 Top Load Album is perfect for this kind of project – customizable yet slim and easy to store.

Each album holds ten 12×12 sheet protectors or up to 20 inner pages. Here's how I planned out my pages:

  1. Intro Page – Covered in twelve 2.3″ x 3.5″ squares to put a wallet photo for each grade.
  2. Preschool
  3. Kindergarten Class Pic
  4. Kindergarten Portrait
  5. 1st Grade
  6. 2nd Grade
  7. 3rd Grade
  8. 4th Grade
  9. 5th Grade
  10. 6th Grade
  11. Elementary School Graduation
  12. 7th Grade
  13. 8th Grade
  14. Jr. High Graduation
  15. 9th Grade
  16. 10th Grade
  17. 11th Grade
  18. 12th Grade
  19. Graduation
  20. Off to College
It's perfect!

To start my album I decorated the cover using paint and Pink Paislee's “Old School” paper collection. I painted the edges of the cover with black acrylic paint. Then I stamped letters along the bottom of the cover using red acrylic paint and foam stamps (hey, remember those?). It's all about “old school”!

I then outlined the letters using Sharpie Paint Pen, coloring some of the letters in. I then use a paper towel and water to rub the paint from the cover in some spots to give it an aged look. 

I used the Gingerbread House from the Clear Scraps Clear N Chip Holiday Treats pack to create a school house for the cover of the book. I traced the house onto paper and cut out the paper, adhering it to the back of the acrylic house,. I then painted the edges with black paint and added a punched star from coordinating paper plus 3 buttons.

I stamped a star burst pattern emanating from the school house using Staz-On ink.  I then added Pink Paislee and Echo Park sticker letters for a title and tied ribbons around the cover. I adhered two of my daughter's used pencils to the cover– a little personal touch!

I adhered the diecut “Members Only” paper to the back of the cover, placing the adhesive behind the ribbon and the house to hide it from view. Now the book is ready to add my daughter's school photos year after year.

  • Clear Scraps 12×12 Top Load Album
  • Clear Scraps Clear N Chip Holiday Treats
  • Pink Paislee Old School Collection
  • Black Acrylic Paint by Plaid
  • Staz-On Ink in Jet Black
  • Clearsnap Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink in Blackbird
  • Ribbon and Buttons by hydrangeahippo.etsy.com
  • Chipboard Stickers by Pink Paislee
  • Typewriter Stickers by Echo Park
  • Stamps by Stamper's Anonymous and Advantus
30 Days of Get Your Art On

Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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2 thoughts on “School Days 12×12 Album

  1. great idea. love the design.

    Posted on September 7, 2011 at 4:49 am
  2. Wow, what a terrific job! I love the old school look and all of your details. Beautiful!

    Posted on September 7, 2011 at 5:02 am