Friday, 30 August 2013

Keepsake for kindergarten and school memories

Maybe you already noticed that I am a big lover of beautiful things (but then again, who isn't?). I love to put much effort into beautiful and thoughtful presents that I give away and I also love to keep memories in a beautiful "outfit".

I was inspired by a blog post I read somewhere on the internet about keeping kindergarten and school memories. I cannot remember where it was. However, there were templates you could fill in and print for each year of kindergarten and school. I really liked the idea but wanted something more than just printed sheets of paper.

Some time ago I read another story of a young girl who was given her favourite book as a child when she graduated from school. Her father had given it to all her teachers (unbeknownst by her) from kindergarten on and they all left beautiful notes for the girl in the book, right where they found free space to write kind things about this girl. When she graduated from school her father handed her the book and she was over the moon by that surprise. You can read the story and see some pictures here.

So I decided to make a book, too, mixing up these two inspiring ideas. I made an empty photo book and had it printed. It includes two pages for each year of kindergarten and school. I will show you a picture for a better understanding of the content:

I handed the book over to Sunny's kindergarten teacher some weeks before the end of kindergarten and was given it back on Monday of his last week in kindergarten. Because it was just some weeks before the end of the school year that I had the final idea of how to do the book (which had been on my mind for months) his teacher had to complete the last three years in only some weeks. But I must say she did such a perfect job!

It is a beautiful testament of love, funny stories, and pride for what Sunny has achieved in the last years, what he has been up to and what he learned that I shed grateful tears of joy and sadness at the same time when I read it. It is such a beautiful take on his last three years that I am so glad I came up with the idea for the book just in time before kindergarten ended. I will give it to every teacher in the years to come. Now all I have to do is add the pictures to go in the respective field and this book will be a gorgeous keepsake I will treasure.

Maybe you want to do something similar, too, that is why I am sharing this. Feel free to copy and steal my idea! :-)

PS: I have written this post some weeks ago and kept it in my draft folder for times when I would be too busy for blogging - which is exactly right now. I am so sorry that I haven't gotten back to anyone yet, that I haven't commented on your blogs, that I haven't answered any comments so far... I got sick on Friday night, spiked a fever of 40 °C on Saturday night and I did not feel well the whole weekend. Our trip to Cologne is coming up, we are leaving tomorrow. So there is stuff to prepare for this on top of the normal chores to be done at home and the therapies we have to attend and as Sunny is still on holiday I hardly find the time to blog during the day and when he is in bed I am exhausted. I hope to maybe be back more next week but I am not sure about that yet. So thank you for bearing with me nevertheless. xo


  1. Joy, that's an absolutely GORGEOUS idea. I love it.

    Sorry to hear you've been ill. Hope you get better really quickly and are able to enjoy your weekend *hugs*

  2. Get better soon, Joy!! Love the idea, I might do something like that for the girls, I bet they'll love it when they're older ;-)

    Have fun in Cologne, hope you'll be fully well again by then!

  3. I am SO STEALING this idea, Joy! Hugs to you and thank you, friend!


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