Capturing Camp Memories

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Catching fireflies is a camp time favorite, but so may be the memories you and your kiddos can capture in a hand-made journal. Have a little fun this summer thanks to this easy DIY that will allow you to cherish the sweet memories you’ll make together for years to come!

What you’ll need:

  • Cardboard (cereal box cardboard is a perfect thickness for a cover)
  • Scrap book paper/pictures/magazine cut outs/wrapping paper
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Paper (blank or lined)
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon or loose binder rings
  • Decorations or embellishments (washi tape, stickers, glitter, etc.)

What to do:

  1. Choose what size notebook you’d like to make. Half of a piece of paper is a great place to start! (Measurement per page should be 5.5 inches wide by 8.5 inches high) Cut you internal pages to size. For a fun effect use colored paper and alternate pages throughout.
  2. Next add one inch to each of your page measurements (For this example, 6.5 inches wide by 9.5 inches high) and cut your cardboard to size. Create two cover panels of this size and wrap each like a present in scrapbook paper, wrapping paper or any other covering that you’d like.
  3. Punch two to three equally spaced holes in each cover piece being sure they match up when laid on top of one another. Following this, mark your interior pages using your cover as a guide, and hole punch all interior pages to match.
  4.  Lay your back-cover piece down first, align your interior pages with the punched holes and then place your front cover on top. Once all the holes are aligned, cut two/three pieces of ribbon to equal length and secure them though each hole. If you prefer, you can purchase single binder rings to secure through the holes as well. Be sure they are smaller in size to keep your journal tightly bound.

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