My go-to when my kids have nothing to do is to suggest crafts. This very simple covered journal was one such attempt to occupy a certain 5 year old who needed a productive activity (and probably some one-on-one mom time, too). Audrey is all about having her own notebook to write or draw in, so even though I wasn’t planning on using the sketchbooks for this, it was a fun 15 minute project to do with my girl.
A real quick note about the notebook: I found these at Aaron Brothers frame shop while I was in there for a different project (details to come). These were buy 1 get 2 free so I bought 3 pretty nice quality sketch books for $6. I probably should have bought more! The pages inside are blank and the back has a nice thick cover, but the front was not anything special, so I decided to cover it with pretty paper. I first made one for myself (seen in the photo here) and the next day made a second one with Audrey.
spiral bound notebook / scrapbook paper / washi tape / scissors / double-stick tape (or glue stick)
Cut paper 1/2 – 1″ larger than notebook cover on three sides. Any paper will work – I used thick scrapbook paper for this one and nice wrapping paper for the other.
Add double-sided tape to the edges and center of notebook. If you don’t have double-sided tape or a fancy tape gun like this (which I actually use all the time), you can just use a glue stick.
Line up the paper along the left margin and press to hold.
(look at those sweet baby hands)
On the back side of the cover where the paper is overlapping, notch the corners as shown. This will allow for clean folds.
Add tape (or glue stick) to sides, fold and press to adhere.
Finish the edges with coordinating washi tape. Just run a strip along the front, and then finish the edges in the inside as well.
And then let your little journaler journal away!
I just adore how she writes her name backwards. I could probably correct her, but I know it won’t last long and she’ll figure it out. So for now, have at it, girl. And also, I find it strange that two out of four of our kids are left-handed. Neither Ryan nor I are.
So there it is … a super simple embellished journal you can make for yourself or with your kids.