We've gone geocaching many times & decided it was time to try out letterboxing.
The first thing we each needed for our letterboxing adventures were journals. Of course, there's always the option of buying a journal. But I like the cost of making our own much better, so that's what we did.
We used the instructions at Layers of Learning.
:: The Cover ::
|I tore paper bags into a rectangle shape. Then the kids crumpled the rectangle.|
|Next they rubbed crayons on the crumpled paper.|
|When they were done coloring their cover, I wet them just a bit & put them in the oven to melt the crayon wax. Honestly, melting the was didn't work as well as I was hoping. Probably just doing the rubbing would have been good enough.|
|After the covers cooled we used stamps & oil pastels to decorate them.|
|For the most part, the kids went for an abstract look.|
|I opted for a minimalist approach.|
:: The Paper ::
|I used regular copy paper. I folded 4 sheets in half & sewed a line on the crease. I made four sets of these for each journal.|
I, then, stacked the four paper sets together &, using a hammer, nailed a hole through the stacked paper. Each place I needed a hole for sewing the cover & paper together I used the hammer/nail technique. This section is described much better at Layers of Learning.
:: Sewing the Cover & Paper Together ::
|The middle pages look ok.|
|Our completed journals.|
I had originally thought I would sew buttons on the front cover to help hold the cover closed. But, after a couple days the journals quit trying to open on their own. So, I didn't mess with it.
We've gone letterboxing a couple times & so far these journals are working out great.