I’ve been folding and trimming paper since I was a kid – and not just to make cards, either. I used to whip up folded paper booklets full of lists, ideas, clippings from catalogs, and even photos. Everything important to me back in those days could be captured using a sheet of paper, a glue stick, and a writing utensil.
So when my (*ahem* overly dramatic) tween daughter informed me a few days ago that her social life was severely crippled by rules preventing her from bringing her cell phone to day camp so she could capture digits from her new-found summer friends, I had a solution. I suggested that she actually – GASP! - write down phone numbers for future reference.
I know, right? So old-fashioned, MOM.
One of the little booklets I’ve been using myself over the years is made by folding a plain letter-sized sheet of paper. A quick tutorial is HERE if you’re not familiar with this folding process.
So I made four quick folds, a cut with scissors, and ended up with an 8-page booklet measuring 4 1/4″ tall by 2 3/4″ wide.
Enter the Shoreline Collection by American Crafts – specifically, the perfectly proportioned 6 x 6 paper pad with a bunch of fun summer themed prints.
After making a cover (with Thickers for personalization, of course), then adding page edging and a scrap of ribbon to hold a pencil (attached by a few eyelets), my socialite daughter now has a place to record the all-important phone numbers that connect her to friends far and near.
As the coup de gras, this little booklet fits nicely in a snack-sized zip seal plastic bag -which is perfect for the days when it shares space with a wet towel in her swim bag.
Go ahead – give it a try. Once you make your first handy little booklet like this, you’ll be hooked on the ease and style that can be had from a single sheet of letter-sized paper and your paper crafting stash. And bonus: it’s perfect for using up scraps.
Keep calm and fold on,