Here's what we did:
Our local craft store has these 7Gypsies book covers in the scrapbooking section. You get a front and back cover for 1.99, and each of my boys used a 40% off coupon to buy them, so they were pretty inexpensive. You could also use any recycled cardboard, which we've done before for little scrapbooks of field trips. These covers are really sturdy, and since these journals will be handled so much, we decided to go the store-bought route this time.
We punched holes in the sides and then measured the length and width of the covers. Then we hit our scrap paper stash and started cutting out pages using a paper trimmer. (This is also great practice in measuring, by the way.) We just used random papers--some patterned scrapbook paper, some plain cardstock, and some leftover pages from albums. We also added a few envelopes to each book for specimens (I always open junk mail to see if there is a return envelope inside and save them for projects like this and playing pretend post-office.) There is a mix of plain pages for sketching and printed pages for pasting down photos.
Then we lined up the pages with the front cover, and punched holes a few pages at the time. We looped in some medium-sized binding rings from the office supply section at Target, but you could use heavy twine or yarn, loop it through, and tie it securely. If we need to add pages along the way, it is easy to open the rings., and if they boys want to add postcards or brochures from places we visit, they can simply punch holes in them and add them in.
|I think these will be wonderful keepsakes when they are full. |