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School can be tough. This adorable, easy to make mini memory book for kids is a magnetic locker decoration that they can look at everyday for inspiration! Print your own or use my FREE printable PDF files below!
DIY Inspirational Mini Memory Book for Kids
Back To School Locker Decor!
Featuring the HP Deskjet 3636 All in One Printer
This year my daughter starts 8th grade. I was advised by friends to prepare for a major homework overload. To help make things easier for her, I decided we would add a printer to our back to school supply list. We haven't had a printer in years. I got so tired of how often we were replacing ink cartridges, it gets expensive. I figured someone had to have created a more ink efficient model by now.
Off to Walmart We Go
We found the all new HP Deskjet 3636 All in One Printers in the electronics department at Walmart on a display. I honestly had to read the box... and re-read the box. An ink efficient printer that prints, scans, copies, faxes, comes with ink, is wireless AND available in multiple colors for $49? Very impressive. The best part- it uses less ink and the ink replacement cartridges are very affordable. Perfect.
The HP Deskjet 3636 is available in Sporty Purple, Vibrant Red and Dragonfly Blue. Hannah picked purple because it matches our office/craft room.
I will admit, I think I was a bit more excited than Hannah. The purple is so pretty, I couldn't wait to get it out of the box and set up.
Here is a quick video (please excuse my cat on the window sill, I tried to get him to help but he was being lazy).
Setting up Our HP Deskjet 3636
The HP Deskjet 3636 is really easy to set up. There is a quick start guide that walks you through the basics with photos and simple instructions. It took us well under an hour to get fully set up, wifi connected and all.
Basic Set Up Video
Please note* You will see in the video that I struggled with the purple paper output tray, it was not the product's fault. It was mine. I thought it pulled out differently. Oops!
The wifi feature is great. I was able to connect our tablet, smartphones and laptops to be able to print completely wireless from any room in our house.
After reading about how this printer was designed to give high quality prints using less ink, I decided to make something special for Hannah. I remember with our old printer I would not ever consider printing photos. It used so much ink and would run out really fast. I was anxious to see the difference in ink usage with this new HP.
Keeping with the Back To School theme
I thought it would be nice to make Hannah something to help get her through the rough days at school. I designed a mini memory book that is inspirational and can be hung up on the inside of her locker door. The memory book includes inspirational quotes and a few of her favorite photos.
I made sure to add this photo of her standing on the top of Mount Washington. It was taken after she (very hesitantly) climbed the mountain on a 4 wheeler! It was a huge accomplishment for her. If anything would help inspire her on a tough school day, it is that photo.
How To Make The Magnetic Mini Inspirational Memory Book
You will need:
4x6 index cards, glue, scissors, scrapbook embellishments, folder fastner, magnetic strip and your HP Deskjet 3636 Printer.
1.Print your chosen photos and quotes. To print directly on the 4x6 index card- place the index card in the printer paper input tray and slide the guide to the "4x6" spot. Select 4x6 under paper size on your computer.
NOTE* I have included all of the quotes in PDF form below. You are welcome to download and print free. They were designed by me.
2.Stack index cards together evenly. Hole punch the top left corner.
3.Add a folder fastener
4. Stick the magnetic strip to the back of the last index card.
5. Hang up in school locker
After completing this project I noticed that the ink levels had not even changed. There is a convenient digital monitor on the display. The printed paper was also not wet with ink, but still looked vibrant and full of color.
I hope you enjoyed this easy little back to school project. Be sure to check out the new HP Deskjet 3636 All in One Printer, you will not be disappointed. #CreateWithHP
Happy back to school!
FREE PRINTABLE PDF FILES:
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20 thoughts on “DIY Inspirational Mini Memory Book for Kids- Back To School Locker Decor!”
We were just shopping for our new middle schooler and saw so many great ideas for locker decoration. When she gets older we will be getting and making things with her for her locker.
I like the idea of an inspirational book like this for a kids locker. I am going to have to create some for all my children to keep at school.
This is so cute! I need to make my daughter one of these!
This is a great idea! You made it look so simple that I will definitely give it a try. My daughter's birthday is coming up and this would be great!
I think this will be a popular craft for lockers. It is a great idea. I will have to share this with my friends with kids.
This is a fantastic idea for decorating a locker. My Daughter will love this. I will have to get the supplies she needs so she can make some.
That is a super neat idea and easy to do too! It will come in so handy for students too.
Such an adorable idea! Thank you for sharing the tutorial as I am not creative and need step by step directions. This would make such a cute gift 🙂
How cute, I love this for your daughter and that it is something special and from your heart that she is able to look at on the easy and toughest of days. 8th grade, wow, it’s going to be a big year! This is the perfect piece of inspiration and love to go along with it!
I love the heart you made with your hands, that was really cool. It's kinda like a mini scrap book, I love those (and these too0!
I totally used to love decorating my locker! What a fun way to bring color and design to a locker space.
This looks like a great DIY memory book, I will have to try to make it. Love how colorful it is!
This is a great idea for my girls who will be heading back to school soon. I had no idea there was a printer out there that could print such vibrant pics at home.
This printer looks awesome! Something I should look into considering how many DIYs and printables I go through.
I like the idea of giving them a boost of confidence to turn to during the school year. What a thoughtful gift and a great printer.
I love your inspirational quotes. My daughter starts college this year and I think I will do this for her. I also have an HP printer. I love mine.
Omg how freaking cute is this?! I love it 🙂
That's a really creative idea! It seems like it would be inspiring to glance at whenever you open your locker. I need to get a new printer--the ink in my printer always seems to be running low. This HP sounds like a good option.
Oh, I love everything about this post! The printer is so cute and I love HP. My son is starting 8th grade, too. Where does the time go?
This is such a great idea. I never would of thought about making a mini memory book to put in the locker. I am going to make some for my nieces.