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.
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.
Making a Mini Book with Book Rings
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Clip together with book rings. I used 1-inch book rings.
- 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.
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
- 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.
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.
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
Mini Book Resources
- Elise’s: Big Mini Book Workshop, Book of Lists, and the catalog of mini books she has made.
- Jamaica’s mini book about her trip to New York, and another about a trip to Austin.
- Ali’s Summer Manifesto mini album.
- Liz’s Giving Thanks Digi Mini-Album Tutorial.
- A Beautiful Mess’ Scrapbooking for Beginners (Our Family Album Vol 1).
***** 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.