Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Hand-Made Journals

During this activity, I taught the girls how to make home-made journals. It was a very simple hand-made book, easy enough for the youngest girls there.
We also discussed the importance of keeping a journal and what types of things you can put in your journal. Recording your life, thoughts, feelings, poetry, drawings and many other things are all important and can be put down in your journal. The First Presidency and all church leadership have encouraged us to keep a record of our lives.

To make this simple 5"x8 1/2" book:

Journal Cover - Cut one 8 1/2 by 11 inch colored paper in half widthwise

Journal Pages - Cut five to ten 8 1/2 by 11 inch plain or printer paper in half widthwise

Insert plain paper in between the two halves of the colored paper

Punch 2 or 3 holes on the left side

Use ribbon, yarn or twine to tie the book together. You can tie them in a variety of ways. See the picture below for some examples.

Decorate as desired: You can use stamps, hole punches, markers, crayons, pencils, etc.

These little books are super cute and easy. They can be used for anything. Journals, Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc.

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