Anyway, we are bringing 3 girls, and while this trip has been something we've been planning on for quite some time, I still want to find ways to cut costs where possible. I decided to make autograph books for the girls instead of buying them at the park. Considering I had most of the supplies on hand, I was able to make 3 books for about $8, and my guess is that is probably the cost of 1 in the park.
Autograph Book Supplies:
Cardstock for cover
Cardstock or drawing paper for inside pages
brads/yarn/page rings/some type of closure for the binding
Step 5. Time for the glue or adhesive. Little tip, keep once piece in place while getting the other down, that way you don't lose your centering. You will want to leave a little spacing between the two pieces of chipboard...I leave about as much space as the chipboard is deep, 1/8th-ish inch or so.
Step 7. Flip the book over and take both of your hands and grab the book so that both of your thumbs meet in the middle (I had to take a picture, so pretend my left thumb is there looking exactly the same as my right). Then using your fingers to bend the binding up, use your thumbs to crease the paper, so that it creases inside the fold. You'll run your thumbs down the middle of the crease to keep the paper going in the direction you want. If you don't employ this thumb maneuver, your paper might crease/bubble on the outside of the fold.
For those of you who are taking the single hole route, you only need to draw/mark one page. From there, just stack 2-3 (whatever is not too stressful to cut through) pages behind the already cut page, and line your punch up to cut within the holes you have already cut. Repeat this process until you have all of your pages cut. For each new batch, I used a different template to work from. I did this to lessen my chances of cutting the holes too big on one page which inevitably happens when using the same template over and over. For each book, I did about 20 pages.
Step 13 (picture not available), cover both of your inside covers with cardstock. For my inside cover, I chose a paper that complimented my covers. Since the total size of the cover was 4" x 7", I subtracted about 1/4" of an inch total - 1/8" on each side. Put a lot of adhesive on this paper, making sure that you have it running up against the edges of the paper.
Step 15. Take your back cover, and place it right side out on top of your front cover which should be right side out as well. Once they are aligned, mark an x or trace the hole circles on the inside front cover so you know where to punch.
To keep small fingers from opening the brads, I covered each one with stickers.
Obviously, this is Emily's finished book. Did you notice what is "wrong" about these? Take a good look at the paper. The words are upside down. The second book is just a page filled with the outline of Mickey's head so it's a LOT more noticable noticeable but such is life. I didn't have the character paper to start over with, and the girls didn't even notice until I pointed it out. Not all projects turn out perfect. What's more important to me is that it's done, and in this case cute and functional.
I'm thrilled with how these came out and the girls seem excited to use them. Here's hoping we'll have enough room for all of the signatures we collect!