School is out for the year and I’ve been looking for new ways to document my boys’ summer. I’m realizing more and more how fast time flies by, and I want to capture those memories before it’s too late.
Instead of locking myself in my craft room and scrapbooking the day away (Ha! I wish!) I decided to let my kids fill their own memory books this year. It’s a great way to get kids involved in paper crafting and it’s fun to see things from their point of view. It’s also a fantastic way to use up those paper scraps that you’ve been saving for a rainy day!
I started by collecting scraps of paper that coordinated well with each other and were masculine enough to keep my boys’ interest. For this project, I used Echo Park’s This & That Charming collection and Kaisercraft’s Technologic collection. I also pulled together several parcel tags, library cards, envelopes, and other bits and pieces.
Once I had a good assortment, I scored and trimmed my paper to size. I wanted each page to be a different size to give it additional visual interest. I scored the ends of my tags and envelopes as well and then stacked all of my pieces together, matching them at the center score line. I machine stitched the pages together, using a backstitch on both ends to hold the pages securely together.
The small tag tabs that peeked through the pages became the perfect base for adhering tiny pockets to the memory book.
To give the books a little additional stability, I adhered a Studio Calico FabRip to the binding. I added a few stickers and my son’s memory book was complete!
The great thing about these books is that they can be customized for anyone! After finishing my boys’ books, I decided I needed to make a couple of books of my own. These books can be made in minutes, and they make great gifts as well!
How would you like a jump start on creating your own memory book? One lucky commenter on this blog post will receive the Echo Park This & That Charming collection that I used above.
All comments must be received by Friday, June 1st at 5 pm MDT.
Julie Campbell, Paper Crafts Go-to Gal