Brag Book

First, I want to thank each and every one you who commented about me donating my hair to charity. You really made me feel special and I started to tear up when I read your comments, seriously! Donating my hair made me feel good, but you’re comments made me feel amazing. Thank you for making me feel beautiful!

Alright now, down to business.  This tutorial is for the s2s kids at S.H.A.P.E High School in Belgium.  I mentioned before that my high school guidance counselor contacted me about creating a project for her students {here}.  Well, she also needed another project that could be done on the super cheap, quickly, and semi mass produced for all the kids that move at the end of the year.

That’s where the brag book comes into play.  Shortly after my daughter was born, my wonderful sister in law gave me a quilted brag book for me to put photos of Vanessa in that was small enough to fit in a bag.  I love that thing, it’s so incredibly thoughtful.  So I whipped up a version for the s2s kids that can be done completely on paper and in assembly line fashion.

This is just a simple version of a scrapbook.  You’ll want to cut you paper into 5×7 rectangles, punch holes for string, fill with memories, then bind.  Simple.  And since I’m shameless when it comes to photos of the munchkin, you’re going to get a little peak of the inside.

017 - Copy
019 - Copy

Since high schools come with all kinds of fun gadgets like laminating machines, gigantic paper cutters, and awesome color laser printers, this will be a cinch for those kids to knock out nearly a hundred of these bad boys in just a few days.

The kids at S.H.A.P.E. plan on filling their brag books with printed photos of the local area filled with fun facts and other mementos for the moving student to remember the place by.  I really love what these kids are doing and think it’s such a great idea.  This is something I’m going to keep in mind when Vanessa starts school since we also happen to be a military family. LOVE!

Hope to see you back here tomorrow because I’m sharing a quiche recipe that will blow your socks off!


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    I’m am absolutely making these! I have 8 nieces and nephews with 2 more on the way. I made my son an accordion style book of blank pages to color when we’re out and about. I may merge the two ideas somehow. I definitely like your binding idea. Simplicity is always best.