Art Journals for My Boys

Whenever I scrapbook my boys like to hang in my craft room with me.  I’ve been trying to encourage them to get crafty too.  In an attempt to make that easier for them I’ve been organizing a kids craft zone.  I’ll post pics of it later when it’s all finished up!

Today I bought some pads of drawing paper for the craft area.  They were so boring and ugly so I decided it would be fun to use some scrappy supplies to recover them.

I made this one first to try it out and didn’t think to take pictures.  :)  But for my youngest son’s book I grabbed the camera and snapped some shots in process so you could see what I did.
I grabbed this drawing pad for a few bucks at Target.  But like I said…blech!

I opened the cover up and laid it flat.  Then I took a sponge brush and applied a layer of Mod Podge.

Add the patterned paper you wish to use to cover your book (I had this pre-cut to size).

You can use your hands to smooth the paper but a brayer works better if you have one.

Then I use adhesive to add a white square and some color strips.

Next I added letter stickers and some stars.  Again just using regular adhesive.

Once everything is added I put another thin layer of Mod Podge on top.  When it dries you will see less streaks if you use long smooth strokes.

And here is the final result.  (I realize the top was not completely dry when I shot this picture)
Now my boys probably won’t appreciate all the work I went to.  :)  And maybe they won’t leave their art work inside like a true art journal, but it is a fun way to start out a new crafty project.  And it gave me something scrappy to do for the evening!
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2 Comments

  1. Krafty Kim
    Posted April 8, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    Very cute. My kids craft with me lots too. We are getting a second foldable table for them this summer, as my scrap room is also a guest room.

  2. Krafty Kim
    Posted July 18, 2011 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    Very cute. My kids craft with me lots too. We are getting a second foldable table for them this summer, as my scrap room is also a guest room.

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