Scrapbook Party Project
Using a variety of colors and themes, you can easily adapt it to any child's party. For groups of young children, you'll want to do all of the cutting and hole punching in advance; older children will be able to handle the project from start to finish. A Polaroid camera allows children to take their own pictures, providing them with a fun reminder of the party that they can take home.
- 8 1/2-by-11-inch pink card stock, 1 sheet per book
- 8 1/2-by-11-inch paper in assorted pink shades, about 5 sheets per book
- Scalloped paper edgers
- Hole punch, single- or three-hole
- Fiskars scalloped paper edger
- Seam binding, assorted colors
- Polaroid camera and film
- Assorted stickers
- Assorted art supplies (markers, crayons, rubber stamps, ink pads, decorative punches)
To make the front and back covers of the book, cut card stock in half, using the Fiskars paper cutter or scissors, making 2 pieces measuring 5 1/2 inches by 8 1/2 inches. Trim edges with scalloped paper edger.
To make the scrapbook pages, cut 5 sheets of paper in half the same way, but trim them down to 5-inches-by-7-inches so that they are a bit smaller than the covers. Scallop the edges of these as well.
To create the binding, make a dot 1 inch from each end on one side of the cover and one at the center point. Line up front and back covers and punch over the dots through both layers, using a hole punch. Center the sheets of scrapbook paper beneath the cover and align them flush left. Mark dots through the punched holes of the covers. Punch holes through paper, several sheets at a time. Cut three 12-inch strips of seam binding for each book, and thread each piece through the holes of all the sheets of paper and both covers. Tie seam binding into bows, and trim the ends diagonally, to prevent fraying.
Allow guests to take Polaroid pictures of themselves and each other, and then place a picture on each cover using 4 stickers as photo corners. The children can make their own stickers by coloring a sheet of labels with markers and punching out various shapes using a decorative punch, or they can also use pre-made stickers from a party store. Provide the children with an assortment of art supplies to decorate the books.