My kids love postcards. I mean they LOVE postcards! When we are camping they always looking for postcards to buy. And I love that this is their thing. I think postcards can capture memories of a moment almost as well as a personal photo. And since our oldest son, Austin, learned to write a few years ago, I started encouraging him to turn over his newly purchase cards and jot something down about that day. Now we have memories of penmanship and adorable spelling errors included in those memories. The only downside of their obsession is that I find postcards in the most random places throughout the house and even worse they get ripped or bent from being put in a bad place. So my challenge was to create a SIMPLE solution for our old postcards and also our upcoming camping trips.
Last week I walked around my local craft store and found the perfect solution for less than $5 each!! I picked up:
- a little 4"x6" photo brag book with removable cover inserts.
- one Project Life theme card kit - actually I bought Great Outdoors and Family because I liked both - Have you heard of Project Life by Becky Higgins? Becky is a genius! Really, I encourage you to read more about her mission to simplify on herblog.
I came home and found some postcards and got started:
First, I knew I wanted to personalize the cover and make the whole book more durable. So I removed the front cover, turned it over and put it in face to face with the back cover. This makes the back all white for personalizing (if you want to) and double layered for stability. Then I found two pieces of brown cardstock I had and cut those to size to use for my new cover.
Next, I grabbed my Project Life Great Outdoors card pack, a glue stick, a pen, and some bakers twine for that extra little something. Before I knew it I had the cards laid out, glued down, and ready to be personalized.
This book became a little memory book for Austin and our 2010 camping trip to South Dakota. Outside cover -
Inside cover and ready to be put together! Wasn't that easy?
I used those smaller 3"x4" cards to write additional memories of the trip and I just slid them in the sleeve over a photo or postcard.
The postcards fit perfect. The Project Life cards fit perfect. The photos obviously fit perfect. But my favorite part is that the KIDS can do this all by themselves!! I am so happy with this solution.
Thank you for visiting Campfire Travelers, I hope this inspired you to create something fun for your children to cherish years to come!