My boys have been using blank sketchbooks as nature journals, but lately we have found that they get too full before they are finished. Because the boys add lots of extra items besides drawings like photos, specimens (leaves, dried flowers, pieces of bark, seed pods,) and postcards, the books get too bulky to close. We decided to try making our own journals for Spring, and I think we will have to just start new journals with the change in seasons instead of trying to cram everything into one for the year.
Here's what we did:
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. |