How to Make a Kids School Field Trip Mini Book

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This year I went on a farm field trip with our girls (22 months and 4.5 years old). We went on a school bus, which was super exciting for them, and saw horses, cows, cats, rabbits, dogs, pigs, and chickens. I didn’t want to include the photos in my weekly pocket page scrapbook, and wanted something the girls could hold, and not cost too much. Therefore, I made a mini book of our field trip. How to Make a Kids School Field Trip Mini Book - The Handcrafted Story

Mini Book Project Outline

  • Photos: I took all the photos with my iPhone. I didn’t crop or edit the photos this time since I was so eager to get the photos printed. I made the cover and a few pages in Photoshop. All the photos are vertical since that’s how I normally hold my phone to take photos.
  • Stories: I didn’t record any stories/things people said/details during the trip, but if there was anything I wanted to remember I would have created a new note in my iPhone.
  • Details: I included the kids’s ages on the last page of the book.
  • Prompt Questions: I asked my 4-year-old if she had a farm, what animals would she have. Since there wasn’t a lot of journaling to add, I wanted to make the book more interesting. I also included the favourite animals of each child.

How to Make a Kids School Field Trip Mini Book - The Handcrafted Story

Making a Mini Book with Book Rings

  1. Print 4×6 photos. I printed matte photos because I anticipate my kids holding the book and don’t want glossy prints getting marked up with fingerprints. I printed at Costco. This book includes 36 pages glued together to make 18 pages.
  2. Glue photos together with roller adhesive. (I used Tombo Mono Dots Permanent Adhesive from a scrapbook store). I glued a border around the back of one photo, and a short diagonal line across the back of the opposite photo and stuck them together.
  3. Punch holes the photos. I used a regular 3-hole punch, and slid the center punch so it wouldn’t make a hole. Then I punched each page with two holes.
  4. Clip together with book rings. I used 1-inch book rings.
  5. Write on the photos. I used an American Crafts Slick Writer (Black Fine Point) and Uni-ball Signo (White) to write some details on the photos.

How to Make a Kids School Field Trip Mini Book - The Handcrafted Story

For the Next Mini Book

  • Take a group photo (I could ask another parent to take a photo of the kids and I).
  • Take a photo of our feet.
  • Record what I packed for the trip (snacks, drinks, change of clothes, etc.)
  • Write my highs and lows for the trip, and ask the girls for their own highs and lows.
  • Answer the prompt “I’m thankful…”
  • Make my own patterned paper to include opposite some of the photos (but also print on 4×6 photos). The patterns could be related to the event, for example: animal tracks or animal shapes.
  • Add a photo from a previous trip to same location. (I went to the same farm two years earlier with our older child).
  • Make a collage of photos if there were too many I want to include. Similar to what Elise did in her Summer 2011 mini book.
  • Buy a box of book rings for making more books. At my local stationary store, a box of 100 1-inch book rings is $14.64, making each ring worth about 15 cents each instead of the 41 cents  each when buying them separately.
  • Ask my child to write their name on a photo of them. Or they could write answers to prompt questions or draw a picture.
  • Potential journaling to include for a field trip scrapbook:
    • Cost of trip
    • Time (begin and end)
    • Distance traveled
    • Map
    • People who attended (who did we sit next to on the bus…)
    • Not pictured (describing any event I missed photographing but want to mention).
    • Would we go again?
    • Star rating for field trip.

How to Make a Kids School Field Trip Mini Book - The Handcrafted Story

What I Liked About This Mini Book

  • I love the size (4×6 photos) and will definitely be making more this size. It’s cheap and easy to hold.

How to Make a Kids School Field Trip Mini Book - The Handcrafted Story

Cost of This Mini Book

  • PHOTO PRINTING (36 4×6 prints from Costco.ca at 16 cents each + 12% tax) = $6.45
  • BOOK RINGS (1-inch Sparco book rings from my local stationery store) 2 at 37 cents each plus 12% tax = $0.83
  • GLUE (Ad Tech from Wal-mart $4 for runner plus $4 for 2 refills) + 12% tax: $8.96
  • TOTAL: $16.24

How to Make a Kids School Field Trip Mini Book - The Handcrafted Story

Mini Book Resources

How to Make a Kids School Field Trip Mini Book - The Handcrafted Story

***** This is Project 3 of 37 Projects. 37 Projects is a year-long set of projects I am attempting to complete before my 37th birthday. I have a growing list of projects I’d like to do (mostly craft projects) and I am picking from my list for this project. I was inspired by Elise Blaha Cripe’s 26 Projects. See project 1, 2, 4.

minibook fieldtrip from thehandcraftedstory.com

By | 2014-12-30T12:00:10+00:00 May 30th, 2014|Mini Books, Scrapbooking|6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Denielle May 31, 2014 at 8:22 am - Reply

    I love it! What a great idea for the kiddos

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