School Paper Organization + Freebie

By Sunday, October 07, 2012 , ,

*10/2013 update: I'm working on photographing/scanning all the kid's artwork after finding that most of the things they bring home are too large for the box and will be printing a photo book from Blurb. Great way to 'keep' all the artwork but in a way that saves space. The book will slip into the hanging file folders each year beside their yearbooks. Stay tuned!

With my oldest beginning Pre-K this year we've started a nice collection of artwork that was piled up on every surface available ;) Decided to follow a few ideas on Pinterest and place the School paperwork in hanging file folders, divided up by year.

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(I haven't finished my son's yet, he is just 2 so we have a little while)

Began by Printing the file labels on cardstock. Then used the Silhouette Cameo's "Print & Cut" feature to cut out all the rectangles. I was a bit nervous since I just received the Cameo yesterday and hadn't ever used their software. But I was able to get it right first try, so it's super easy. But word of advice don't stick regular printing paper to a new mat, I about never got it back off. The mat was so sticky that the paper just tore to pieces, switched to cardstock and it worked perfectly.


You can download the Pre-K thru 12th Grade file tabs I used for FREE here (Silhouette Studio File, print and cut): File Tabs or PDF version HERE

File Folders are Office Max brand (I couldn't find a link to the exact colors I used (Burgundy and Blue) but they are similar to these (click photo to go to office max page):

The clear boxes were bought from Amazon, 2 for $30 wasn't too bad. I liked that they were completely clear and stack-able. They're almost square so they fit on a shelf better too File Box - Set of 2

For the front of each hanging file I placed a photo and small amount of information. You can download the templates I used here:  Photo template & Info Template

Files are PSD format you'll need
Adobe Photoshop
  Adobe Photoshop Elements
to edit the files.

I printed these at my local photo center on a 5x7 and 4x6, just preferred higher quality than my inkjet printer since I plan to have these for years. Trimmed and Glued each of the prints to the front of the hanging file.

The final touch was her name in Vinyl on the outside of the box. It works nicely with the layout of the hanging files. I used the Silhouette Cameo for the vinyl also.

UPDATE: Both Complete