DIY Summertime Notebooks

Everybody loves summertime! It’s great to have less of a schedule and more freedom to do different things than we normally do during the school year. But it’s true that some days you just can’t do enough to keep the kiddos entertained! There are times when they are bored and going stir crazy by 11am!! It’s those days when this project that Stephanie came up with is the perfect solution! She has put together some darling and easy DIY decorative notebooks that can be turned over to the kids to use for coloring, writing stories, etc. I just love any activity that sparks their little creative minds and this is perfect for that!

We love summer around here!  It’s a time for relaxing, playing and just “being”.  Both of my kids do pretty well playing together or by themselves, but we still have those occasional “I’m bored” moments during the long, hot days.  One thing I like to do is prepare ahead and have a few activities for my kids to do when we do have some down time.


My daughter loves to write stories and my son loves to draw so I thought blank books would be an awesome way to spark their creativity and keep them busy for a little while!  Using the Confetti collection, I created six 4×6 books for drawing, writing or whatever!  These little books are so super easy to create, which is good, because my kids will probably fill these up in about an hour!


Here are the quick and easy steps to create these blank mini books:

1. Trim a piece of patterned paper to 6 inches high by 8 inches wide.

2. Score the paper down the middle at 4 inches.

3. Trim printer paper or tracing paper to 5.75×7.75 inches and fold in half (scaling this paper down by a quarter of an inch will keep the inside pages from peeking out the sides of cover).

4. Staple, sew or use a ribbon to adhere pages together.

5. Fold in half along sewn edge and enjoy!


Once the little books are made, I like to decorate the front of them using stickers, bows and chipboard pieces.  You can do this step yourself, or you can turn them over to your kiddos and let them add the decorations/stickers!


I like to pair these little books with a few fun art and craft supplies.  My kids love stickers, small punches, crayons and anything shiny, so I pulled out some of my favorites from the Confetti collection, as well as a few of our staple craft supplies and popped them into a vintage muffin tin.


Now the little books are all ready for stories, drawings and creative ideas!


Thanks so much for joining me today!!  I hope you will create a few of these blank mini albums for yourself or your children!  The possibilities are endless!

Happy Tuesday!


Supplies Used >> Maggie Holmes Confetti Collection / Confetti Chipboard Stickers / Confetti Journaling & Title Stickers / Confetti Sticker Book – Gold Foil Alphabet / Confetti Hardware / Confetti Standouts / Confetti Faux Leather Bows / Confetti Paper: RSVP, Life of the Party, Fete, Surprise, Lovely, Jubilee / Confetti 12×12 Paper Pad / Mini Clothespins

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  • ~amy~
    June 23, 2015 at 5:53 am

    oh this are super SWEET.

  • Julie {CalleLillyCafe}
    June 28, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Super cute! My girls would love these!

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