If you are looking for some last minute paper crafts to send to your Compassion kiddos before the new guidelines are implemented April 11, 2016, here is a DIY journal I made for Lucky.
I took sheets of basic printer paper and folded them with a bone folder. Bone folders are great to get crisp and even folds.
Once I had my desired number of pages stacked together that were within the allowed thickness to send, I needed to secure the pages together.
Call it OCD or perfectionism or weirdness, but I like my journal pages to lay completely flat so I pierced along the fold of the papers and using a needle and thread, I back stitched the papers together down the center and back up by hand. You could easily bind the pages together by staples or glue.
I then used a piece of black Duck Tape to run along the edge to hide the stitching and provide a nice surface when attaching the pages to the cover.
I used DCWV chalkboard paper that I picked up at Joann when it was 50% off. This paper worked great for a cover! It is very sturdy and has a nice feel. It is much stronger than regular card-stock. You can use any type of paper or card stock you have on hand or even use a file folder.
I folded my cover using the same method above.
Then, I took a piece of scrapbook paper just to add contrast and make the inside of the cover pretty, folded it, and with a glue stick and double sided tape adhered it to the cover.
I used the same black Duck Tape binding procedure as I did with my pages.
Now, it was time to attach. I used a low heat glue gun and ran a very thin strip of glue down the inside of the spine and pressed the Duck Tape from my pages into the glue until it was set.
Once the glue was cooled, and the journal was securely assembled, it was time to embellish the cover. Let your creativity go rampant! I went with a spiritual theme for my cover using stickers I found at Wal-Mart.
This journal accompanied a letter to Lucky the first time I addressed the loss of his biological parents. I encouraged Lucky to use this journal that was made especially for him as a healthy outlet to express himself.
Ideas for the journal I gave him were to write what he was feeling, write letters to God, journal memories he had of his parents so he could recall them easier as he grows older, if he did something great at school that he knew his parents would be proud of he could write them a letter in the journal, and to write poems or draw pictures to express feelings to help cope on those difficult days.
Stop by tomorrow when I show you one more of my favorite paper crafts. Just do not forget April 11 is when the new guidelines will be enforced so you need to get your paper crafts in the mail within a week.