Thursday, January 20, 2011

Kids Document Keeper

It is the start of a new year, and that often makes one look around and take stock in their surroundings.  Like me, for example, it is time to de-clutter and do some organization.  I was given this great box at a baby shower before my son (now 5) was born.

I have used it from the very beginning to store all of his most important memories.  (I do not use this for his vital documents.)  I have certificates from swimming lessons, handouts from the pediatrician, and the hardware and instructions for converting his crib into a full-sized bed.  I made a similar document box for my friend's baby shower.  (Her son just turned 1 last week.)

Well, I am coming clean...my daughter is well over 2 and in need of her own box.  I cannot keep shoving her memories into her brother's box nor can I leave them in stacks all over the house. I am finally going to make her a box of her own.

Following you will find the materials and instructions you need to make your own box.

Here are the things you need to make your own document keeper:
  • A file box for hanging files
  • Hanging file folders (I found these cute folders at Walmart.)
  • Hanging file folder tabs
  • Labels for the folders
  • Bling to decorate the box

First, you have some options for making the labels for the tabs.  You can just write on the card provided with the tabs, OR you can print out your own more decorative labels on a piece of cardstock or label paper.  I used cardstock.  To get the sizing for the squares I made a table in a word document and adjusted the size around each square to be approximately 2' x 0.5".  Use label paper with labels measuring 1.75" x 0.5" such as Avery 8167 or 8927 if you choose the sticker option.  Of course, there are other options for labeling as well.  Use your imagination!

Here is a list of potential label categories, but you can make whatever ones are right for you.

Baby Care Information            Health Records              Cards & Letters
Age 0 - 3                                   Age 3 - 5                         Kindergarten
1st Grade                                  2nd Grade                       3rd Grade
4th Grade                                  5th Grade                        6th Grade
7th Grade                                  8th Grade                        9th Grade
10th Grade                                11th Grade                      12th Grade
Documents and Certificates   Pictures                           Portraits
Sports                                        Scouts                             Young Women
Coupons                                    Warranties                      Directions


Next, cut out the labels and slide them into the tabs.  Secure the tabs into each hanging folder alternating them across so that all of the labels are visible.  I always have a  few extra blank folders at the back of the file for things I haven't thought of yet.


Naturally, the decorating comes at the end.  I used rhinestone stickers and a vinyl rub-on from the craft store.  Now, the challenging part will be to keep my 2-year-old from thinking that this is her toy!

These large pieces of chip board came at the back of the hanging folder packages.  Save them for another project on another day!

Have fun making your own document keeper!

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If you found this post useful, you might enjoy these other posts on organization: Fun In A File Folder, Feelin' Spicy, and I Am So Hooked Up!

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