Summer Memory Books for Kids {A NeatDesk Scanner Giveaway}

by Sami

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Have you ever wondered how to make summer memory books for kids? As a non-crafty mom, I’m here to tell you that it’s not as hard as you might think! I’m also here to warn you not to wait until the end of summer to start thinking about summer memory books for kids.

In fact, the beginning of summer is the perfect time to not only think about crafting a summer memory book for your kids, but also to take the time to create a memory book from your favorite kids’ school work from the past 10 months. Take it from me, if you don’t take time to stop and do it now, it will pile up in bins and boxes until one day you get so sick of it that you simply toss it in the garage… undoubtedly clearing the clutter, but losing precious memories in the process.

So here are just a few simple tips to not only keep from getting buried under the memories, but to make a keepsake that you and your kids will treasure for years to come.

Making Summer Memory Books for Kids

1. Have a system for keeping track of school projects and papers

  • Throughout the school year, have a designated bin, file folder or box that your kids put all their schoolwork in that they bring home. For our house, they put it in a folder hanging on the side of my kitchen desk as soon as they took it out of their folders. At the end of every week, I sorted through all those papers and only kept what I thought was extra special or would show progress throughout the year (like handwriting sheets for the little ones). I kept those in a plastic tub and then at the end of the year I make one final pass through to see if there are any I could do without. The ‘keepers’ then go into a 3 ring binder for that year with some pictures and other mementos from that school year that wouldn’t be able to fit in a typical photo album.

2. Scan your kids’ most memorable papers and art projects

  • If you don’t want to save the originals, scan their artwork and papers as soon as they bring them home. Not only will this drastically reduce the clutter and the amount of keepsake space you have to keep up with throughout your children’s school years, but it will give you a backup in case, God forbid, anything should happen to these papers (fire, natural disaster, theft, etc). My new-found obsession is the NeatDesk Scanner. I got hooked on the NeatReceipt last year, but the NeatDesk easily scans papers, photos, receipts, business cards and more. I’m able to scan large batches of papers all at once and it’s revolutionized how I’ve archived my kids’ artwork in particular. Then I can…

3. Use photos and scanned artwork to create an online photo book and memory album

  • If you’re looking for the best all-in-one solution, why not put all the best memories from the year (pictures, scanned report cards, notes from friends, etc) into an online photo book. You then have extra back up when you create the book online on sites like Shutterfly, plus with all the great sales you can find with the online photo sites, you can create them very inexpensively…even to the point where you get two free when you buy 1 so you can share them with grandparents too!

To help you get started making great summer memory books for kids or even memory books for other special people in your life, I have the privilege of giving away a NeatDesk Scanner to one of you!

Congratulations to Angie N. for winning the NeatDesk Scanner!
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Disclosure: NeatDesk was kind enough to provide a NeatDesk (refurbished) for me to try as well as one to give away after I fell in love with the NeatReceipt machine. If you don’t want to wait to try to win one, you can purchase a NeatDesk here (affiliate link).


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Angie Newton June 3, 2013 - 8:50 pm

I would scan business cards and biz receipts. I would probably scan magazine articles too so I could get rid of piles lol

Jenny B. June 3, 2013 - 4:15 pm

The first things I would scan are receipts! They are taking over my junk drawer. 🙂

Rebecca Hoard June 3, 2013 - 3:30 pm

First thing? Probably pictures. =)

Ashley June 3, 2013 - 3:11 pm

This would be wonderful to have since Olivia starts kindergarten in the fall.

donna whitson June 3, 2013 - 2:46 pm

Thank-you for giving us the chance to win this! It would make things much neater!

Ellen B June 3, 2013 - 2:37 pm

pictures and receipts

Rhonda Grisham June 3, 2013 - 2:17 pm

I would scan my pictures! I have tons!!

Darci May 31, 2013 - 6:08 am

The first thing I would scan would be a whole boat load of stuff…My small filing cabinet full of information….kids stuff to insurance information

Katie Contests May 29, 2013 - 7:04 pm

I’d scan my insurance info

Shelley Dykes Kuhlmeyer May 29, 2013 - 8:13 am

I have paper everywhere! This would be awesome!

Austin Baroudi May 28, 2013 - 6:33 pm

I would scan all the pictures our daughter has drawn for us!

Livivua Chandler May 28, 2013 - 3:21 pm

i would scan my receipts for travel for my job purposes. God it would be nice to win this since my company is to cheap to buy one!

Stephanie Neely May 28, 2013 - 2:55 pm

I would definitely use for kids artwork…but I’m sure I would use it for everything that I possibly could!

Elizabeth B May 28, 2013 - 12:46 pm

Love the idea of scanning kids’ artwork! Brilliant! I’d probably do that first and then work on some bills. 🙂

Lindsey H May 28, 2013 - 7:36 am

I NEED one of these….I have such a challenge keeping up with all the paperwork in my house! Plus the summer memory book is a sweet idea!

Cintia May 28, 2013 - 5:01 am

I’d go for old pictures! What a neat scanner! Much needed indeed.

Tina Hunter May 28, 2013 - 4:59 am

I would scan all these sweet pictures my kids have made me that I just can’t get rid of.

Molly May 28, 2013 - 1:29 am

I totally want to go paper-free. I’d start by scanning bills that are still mailed.

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