"Artwork for Daddy" binders of course! And here's how we made them!
- I bought inexpensive cardboard cover 1" binders from an office supply store. I wanted paper covers so they could be stamped with the boys' hands. Note that these are harder to find than plastic covers - thus the "less than desirable" brown color!
- The boys pressed their hands on stamp pads and printed the covers.
- For each binder, I stamped (or print from computer) the title on white paper, cut it out, glued it to a background color, then trimmed and glued it to the cover. I made labels with the boys' names in the same manner and glued them to the spines.
- I printed "Father's Day 2011" alongside the hands and glued on a tiny paper heart.
- Drawing paper was cut to 8"x10" and punched to fit the binders.
- Divider pages were cut from heavier paper in bright colors and also punched.
- I cut 2" circles from contrasting colors and used stickers for age numbers. In our case, we will use the binders for artwork until the boys are 5 years old. If they fill up too fast, we'll just move into a second one for later ages.
- Place the divider pages in the binder and position the numbered tabs so they don't overlap. Glue the tabs to divider pages..
- Now it's time for the kids to get busy! Hand out the punched paper whenever they want to draw, then date and snap the completed work into the binder at the correct age tab.
- Take a picture of each grandchild, busy at work drawing for daddy, and glue it to the first divider page. Add a current picture each year.
Here's Nick, loving his blue ink!
The boys seem to like their completed projects.........
but not as much as daddy did!