The following post is a guest post from rukristin Creative Team member Vanessa. Today Vanessa is sharing a step-by-step tutorial for creating DIY Kids’ Holiday Travel Books.
If you follow me around social media you know that I am the family documenter. I love being the keeper of our stories. A big part of that is letting my children document their own stories too. Last year, I made them albums to document who they are and what they like.
This year, we are going to my in-laws for Christmas. They live a 12-hour drive away from us. So I decided to make some personalised books for the kids to fill in while we are driving down.
I used some Christmas themed paper that I cut down to 5 x 6. I added some envelopes and bound everything using my Cinch. Before binding the pages, I stamped some prompts using the Find your voice set.
Both books have the same prompts in the same order (very important when you have two kids, make sure there are no differences or be ready to explain those differences ha ha!)
I also used stamps from some of Kristin’s other Basics sets so that they could be oriented in what to write down, but without feeling like they are answering an exam paper.
In the envelopes, I added in some goodies to decorate their pages, like stickers and tattoos. I also put in some activity book pages and some ornaments to decorate.
All in all, the idea is to use these books as a jumping off point for the kids to write down their story, their way of seeing and feeling things. I know my kids love to draw, so I left a lot of the pages mostly blank. At the same time, the simple prompts like ‘I feel’, ‘I love’, ‘I know’ will give them a chance to explore these themes in writing…or not. If they don’t feel like writing it out, they can just put a bunch of stickers on there and that’ll be that!
When making stuff for kids, you can definitely use up your stash. They don’t really care if the stickers match the latest scrapbooking colors or if there is an underlying theme of blue and gold colors for the Season. All they care about is what they can do with it. That is a lesson for us adults too. Use what you got, because it is only a base and can become a lot more.