My daughter and I had the wonderful opportunity to sit down with creative mommy and bookmaker Sushmita Mazumdar of Handmade Storybooks in Atlanta, Georgia last weekend. When she is not creating handmade multicultural books, she is teaching others how to create their own stories in workshops across the country. For our group of mostly small children and a few tweens, we were able to easily make our own special journals from scratch. We later went home to fill our journals with reminders of a budding spring season. The following is a step by step guide which will enable you to create handmade nature books with your child as an ode to the spring season!
Create Your Book from Scratch and Fill it With Unique Treasures
There are many ways to make quick and easy books with your child. The easiest one would be to use sheets of paper stacked and folded in half. Here’s how we made our Nature/Spring Walk Journal.
1. Pick 3 sheets of paper all of the same size, but in different colors and stack them one on top of the other.
2. Now slide the top sheet left so you see a strip of the second sheet on the right. Pull the second sheet left too, holding the 2 sheets together so you see a strip of the third sheet on the right and the sheets are staggered. (You can see an example of this staggering effect here, and in the lead image of this post.)
3. Use a paper clip to hold the sheets together and then fold the sheets. Left edge over to the right, almost in half but stopping short to show more strips of color.
4. Let your child press down on the fold using a closed glue stick or their thumb.
5. On the folded edge, punch 2 holes at equal distance from the top and bottom edge of the book. Keep them 3 inches apart. We will use these to bind the book together.