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 | 2017-09-21T13:20:30+00:00 May 30th, 2014|Mini Books, Scrapbooking|8 Comments

8 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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  7. Fiona Smith July 24, 2017 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    Hi, love this project. What don’t type did you use in your mini books above? Love the way they flow with the word like dog, pig ECT.

  8. Fiona Smith July 24, 2017 at 11:39 pm - Reply

    Meant font type. Lol corrective text.

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