Birthday cake, decorations, and gifts are only part of a successful birthday party -- planned activities are essential for keeping the children entertained. Making scrapbooks is a party project idea that works for children of all ages, and isn't strictly for girls. 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 kids to take their own pictures as a fun reminder of the party.
Tools and Materials
8 1/2-by-11-inch pink card stock, 1 sheet per book
Fiskars paper cutter or scissors
Scalloped paper edgers
8 1/2-by-11-inch paper in assorted pink shades, about 5 sheets per book
Hole punch, single- or three-hole
Seam binding, assorted colors
Polaroid camera and film
Assorted art supplies (markers, crayons, rubber stamps, ink pads, decorative punches)
Barbie Party Scrapbooks How-To
1. To make the front and back covers of the book, cut card stock in half lengthwise with the Fiskars paper cutter or scissors, making 2 pieces measuring 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches. Trim edges with scalloped paper edger.
2. To make the scrapbook pages, cut 5 sheets of paper in half the same way, but trim them down to 5 by 7 inches so that they are a bit smaller than the covers. Scallop the edges of these as well.
3. 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.
4. 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.