Art Scrapbook

We love to display artwork in our home, but what to do with our favorites when we're ready to put them away? Make a book for them, of course!

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    We knew we wanted lots of space in this book, so we used sheets of 12x12 paper.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Maddie looked through a pad of paper that I had recently picked up for her (I knew she'd love the designs and colors!) and found four favorites. Then she rubbed glue all over the first side of the cardboard,

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    and ever-so-carefully placed the first sheet of decorative paper onto the 12x12 cardboard. She did a fine job making sure the edges matched exactly!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    After doing this to both sides of the front and back cover, we talked about how she wanted to store them. Instead of wasting paper (and space), we thought it best to cut plain paper into thirds length-wise. We could use these for an 'edge' to paste the artwork to. This would allow for minimal damage to the art - no holes or paste over the entire back, and none of the art would be hidden or folded.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    We opted for a hammer and nails. You'll probably prefer to use a hole punch for making two holes in the cover and paper. We lined everything up, and I put a rubber band carefully around the covers and trimmed paper,

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Step 6

    then Madeleine hammered the holes. The last bit was hammered outside on the ground so the nail could pierce properly without damaging anything underneath it.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

  • Step 7

    Maddie chose her ribbon and one more pretty sheet of paper. We took the paper, and I showed her how to fold it, leaving about an inch of space between two folds, to act as the bookbinding. She glued it onto the front cover, She left it free on the back so that we could add more pages if we needed to at some point. She made the holes where the others were and strung them all with the ribbon.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 7

  • Step 8

    When it was all bound, we carefully bent back the cardboard cover, just past the ribbon, to allow for the book to be opened easily.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 8

  • Step 9

    All that was left now was the decorating!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 9

  • Done!

    All finished, and we have a lovely place to put her (and her Mama's!) favorite, keep-forever pieces.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 10

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