Although there is surely a time and a place for archive-quality scrapbooks, there are times that you just want a quick and inexpensive way to make a durable little scrapbook. Your kids will really like making these straightforward scrapbooks out of plastic bags. Or, produce a few as quick gifts for relatives who just want to treasure a few family photos. Kids can even learn a great deal about saving photos through this project. If you already have photos displayed around your house in picture frames, you may even borrow a few of these for one of these books. Make a few of these simple little books today, and let the photo fun begin.
Equipment You Will Need
To create a plastic bag scrapbook, you will need to have a box of gallon-sized clear plastic zip lock bags. Make sure you find plain bags, rather than ones with markings on the front. You will also need a couple of pieces of light cardboard, cut to the size of 12 x 12 inches square. Gather a supply of scrapbook paper, or simply substitute inexpensive construction paper, particularly if children will be making this craft. A few more things you will need are glue sticks, a pair of scissors, a ruler, a hole punch, a yarn needle, some markers, and a hammer and nice big nail. And you will clearly want some great pictures to put in your scrapbook. For children, use printed digital photos, instead of original film print photos. If your album is meant for one of your relatives, it might be best to choose pictures that are good enough quality to display in scrapbook picture frames. Youngsters are often happy with any kind of photos though.
Putting Together The Book
When you are making the scrapbook for a children's project, you will most likely want to construct it yourself. Determine how many pages you really want, and select that same number of plastic bags. Connect them by stapling 5 bags all together along the left side, with the zipper along the top . If your complete number of pages will be greater than 5, than produce more sections. Take one of the cardboard pieces and position it on a padded surface where you will be working, then place a pile of the plastic bags on top of the cardboard. Utilizing the nail and the hammer, pound holes in the cover and plastic bags, each an inch apart. Do the same thing with the rest of the sections of plastic bags, and the other cover. Sandwich the bag sections in between the covers, line them up nicely, and stitch together using a needle and yarn, knotting the ends when finished. Score along the bound edges of the back and front covers of the book using the ruler as a guide, and then you will be able to fold them back. This will permit the book to open easily.
Adding The Photographs
After you have assembled the book, then comes the really fun part. Get a stack of construction paper and some photographs that will fit into the bags correctly and then give them to your child. Then they will be able to use sticky squares or some glue and some markers and a pair of scissors to create fun pages. When their scrapbook pages are done, simply slip them into the bag pages and zip shut. You may want to take a little extra time and care if you plan on giving the scrapbook as a gift. As an extra advantage, these pages are so easy to open and close that you can exchange pictures between your book and picture frames easily.
These books are a great way to show off your favorite pictures, and they will make a great project for your kids or gift for friends and relatives
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