Kids Craft: Make a Nature Journal!

Hi there!  It’s Rebecca here today and I don’t know about you but we’ve been exploring our neighborhood a lot lately.  Most of our local hiking trails and beaches are closed at the moment, and we live in a suburban city in southern California, which means there are people everywhere!  Avoiding getting too close to them can be a bit difficult, so we’ve pretty well stayed close to home when we go out for some fresh air.  Admittedly, that gets old after awhile, though, so I thought it might be fun to make a Nature Journal for my daughter. 

Make a Nature Journal to record your summer adventures at home with the We R Memory Keepers Book Binding Guide and the Pocket Punch Board.

It gives her a goal when we go out on walks–to hunt for interesting leaves, flowers, pebbles, and whatever else she thinks is cool.  We can take pictures of fun-looking bugs and pretty birds and put them in there, too.

Make a Nature Journal to record your summer adventures at home with the We R Memory Keepers Book Binding Guide and the Pocket Punch Board.

I used the We R Memory Keepers Book Binding Guide and Pocket Punch Board, found at Michael’s stores, along with some Crate Paper embellishments and papers to create the journal.  I started by cutting some patterned papers down for the size of the journal.  I trimmed them to 10″ W x 8″ H; they will fold in half to become 5″ W x 8″H.  After scoring them down the middle, I rounded all four corners of each paper (using the 1-2-3 Punch Board to do that).

Make a Nature Journal to record your summer adventures at home with the We R Memory Keepers Book Binding Guide and the Pocket Punch Board.

Next, I lined up the papers on the Book Binding Guide.  This paper is pretty thick, and I had 7 layers to poke through, so I decided to divide them up and do them in groups of 4 and 3.  The piercer will poke through 7 layers, but I used smaller stacks just to be safe.  The guide keeps a tight hold on the paper stacks to keep them in line, which was helpful.

Make a Nature Journal to record your summer adventures at home with the We R Memory Keepers Book Binding Guide and the Pocket Punch Board.

Once I had all the holes poked, I arranged the papers in a complementary fashion for the journal and stitched the pages together.  The Book Binding Guide comes with needles and a strong, waxed thread, so that’s what I used when stitching.  It didn’t break or tangle as it passed through any of the holes.

Make a Nature Journal to record your summer adventures at home with the We R Memory Keepers Book Binding Guide and the Pocket Punch Board.

Then it was time to create some pockets.  The Pocket Punch Board makes it really easy to create a lot of pockets, very fast!  I made about 20 altogether, I think.  You can choose a flap pocket or a notched pocket, and you can make them in a wide range of sizes.  I stuck to smaller ones, so they’d fit in the journal.

Make a Nature Journal to record your summer adventures at home with the We R Memory Keepers Book Binding Guide and the Pocket Punch Board.
Make a Nature Journal to record your summer adventures at home with the We R Memory Keepers Book Binding Guide and the Pocket Punch Board.

I was particularly fond of the convenient size of the 2.75″ x 3.25″ notched pocket, which is made from a 4″ x 6″ paper size.  After cutting my book page paper down from 12″ x 12″ to 8″ x 10″, I was left with 12″ x 4″ strips and could cut 2 pockets from each one!

Make a Nature Journal to record your summer adventures at home with the We R Memory Keepers Book Binding Guide and the Pocket Punch Board.

I did create a few pockets with flaps, too, figuring my daughter can close them if she’d like to keep her nature findings from falling out.

Make a Nature Journal to record your summer adventures at home with the We R Memory Keepers Book Binding Guide and the Pocket Punch Board.

After assembling all of my pockets, I decorated each page very simply.  I want Nemy to be able to write a few notes in the journal, and maybe draw some pictures so I didn’t want to fill up all the pages.  I did want to make them pretty for her, though, and offer a few suggestions she could use as a guide when we go out and walk around.

Make a Nature Journal to record your summer adventures at home with the We R Memory Keepers Book Binding Guide and the Pocket Punch Board.
Make a Nature Journal to record your summer adventures at home with the We R Memory Keepers Book Binding Guide and the Pocket Punch Board.

This project was easy and fun to create, and it’s something my daughter and I can take exploring with us, which will make the daily walk around the ‘boring old neighborhood’ a lot more fun and interesting!

Make a Nature Journal to record your summer adventures at home with the We R Memory Keepers Book Binding Guide and the Pocket Punch Board.
Make a Nature Journal to record your summer adventures at home with the We R Memory Keepers Book Binding Guide and the Pocket Punch Board.

Supplies:

Book Binding Guide

Pocket Punch Board

The Works All-in-One Tool

1-2-3 Punch Board

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