Friday, July 23, 2010

adventure album

I found this great kid-friendly project in the most recent Family Fun Magazine. This would be great for any summertime family adventures you're planning or have already taken. Or it would also be an awesome album to add to your collection even if you don't have kids (like me)!

Map-Envelope Book
(Family Fun, August 2010)

Envelope template (download it here)
1 large map (or several small ones)
glue stick or tape runner
small hole punch (1/8 or 3/16)

1. Use the template to cut envelopes from the map. (The book in the photo above is made from three envelopes.) To assemble the envelope, fold in flaps A and B so that they overlap in the center. Adhere them together, then fold over flap C and adhere that down.

2. To assemble the book, stack your envelopes and punch two holes through the sealed ends, 2.5 inches apart and 1/2 inch from the edge. Use the brads to hold the envelopes together. Secure each envelope by folding over its open end, punching a hole through it, and closing it with another brad.

Obviously you can customize the configuration of the book - the binding, how the envelopes close, etc. - however you like. Tuck memorabilia into the envelopes, and you can decorate and add photos and journaling over the maps as well. So cute!

Have fun doing projects with your kids this summer! :)

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