Father’s Day Gifts Kids Can Make — Dad’s Brag Book

Emily: What in the world are those?
Me: These? These are 3 1/2″ disks.
Emily: WOOOOOOOW………What are they for?
Me: Back in the olden days, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth and dirt was new, people used them to save files from the computer.
Emily: People were so silly! I’m going to make a book out of these! It’s going to be the best book ever!!
Me: Well, far be it from me to stop you!

Emily picked out which photos she wanted, and I helped punch holes in the photos so they lined up with the holes on the disks. Then, she assembled this fun brag book for Mark using a recycled disk for each cover, and fastened all the pages with binder rings.

I think it turned out great, and I’m happy to see these old disks getting reused instead of taking up room in a landfill. Plus, it makes for a fun geeky display on Mark’s desk at work!


  1. Sew Impatient says

    Wow! That's great! She's so creative πŸ˜€

  2. Stephanie Tillery says

    Oh, what a brilliant idea! Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. An Almost Unschooling Mom says

    Another great idea! We must have some of those banging around the back of drawers somewhere. Probably with my unfinished, "great American" novel on them πŸ™‚

  4. I love it. I know we don't have any of those disks hanging around though. I save everything, but my husband throws everything away. I have to hide things when he goes on one of his toss everything raids. Anyway, I am certain that all of the disks we had were tossed long ago.

  5. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ Christy — I know I shouldn't have been surprised that Mark still had a bunch of these squirreled away, but I was anyway! They are fun to craft with, though! πŸ™‚

  6. Great idea, Emily!! I'm going to hunt up a couple of those in our house to make one from my son for Father's Day. Thanks for the idea!

  7. MaryAnne says

    Mike would love this! Unfortunately, I don't think we have any of those anymore…

    I used to take these apart when I was Emily's age and pretend the inside was a record. Of course, if you did that, Emily would just ask what a record is =)

  8. oohhh my word I love this! My husband and I are both IT people.. must go find some old "floppy" disks πŸ™‚

  9. -begin nerd comment-
    Actually, those are 3 1/2 inch disks, not to be confused with the larger 5 1/4 inch floppies. Man, I am dating myself…
    -end nerd comment-

  10. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ Brian — Oh my goodness, how did I mess that up??? You're absolutely right! I'll update the post — thank you!!

  11. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ MaryAnne — Hahaha! It's true, most kids have no idea what a record is… Man oh man!

  12. So, did you ban Mark from the site for this post, so you could put it up? πŸ™‚
    Hmmmm, do I have enough of those to be able to do this……… I think I know where one is.

  13. What a fabulous idea! That is so superb – I love it.

  14. Oh… does she want to make others and need more disks? 'Cause I'm sure I have some that shouldn't go in landfills – not unless I already gave them to the Goodwill. Doubt it, I've been finding so much stuff to get rid of but it just keeps multiplying. πŸ˜€

  15. Rachel@oneprettything.com says

    That is such a fun idea! What a great, giftable idea. Thanks so much for this, I'll be linking.

  16. I am so not surprised she would be this creative- she must be her mothers daughter!

  17. Dear Valerie,

    If I am lucky, will I get a brag poster book made out of bernoulli disks?


  18. Artistmama says

    What a smart idea! It looks awesome!


  19. Claudia-cipi says

    oh, this makes me feel sooooo old.
    Great idea, Emily! And so pretty!
    I should have some old "floppy disk" somewhere in my house, and a flopyp photo holder would be so pretty on MY desk πŸ˜€
    Thank you!

  20. Stacy of KSW says

    I LOVE it!!! I saw these as notepads awhile back and put them on my list of things to do but this is even better and Dad is going to love it. Way to upcycle πŸ™‚ Did you tell Mark not to check your blog till Father's Day?

  21. What a brilliant idea, but what are binder rings? I've never heard of them over here in the uk?

  22. Raising a Happy Child says

    I love this idea, but you must be quite a saver to still have those diskettes πŸ™‚

  23. Thats a really cool idea! I have a ton of these and I dont know what to do with them. Not to mention they do kinda create a retro feel in this day and age!
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  24. Just Breathe says

    Oh you are just too smart! Very cute idea.

  25. That is seriously cool….


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