My plan is to have our 3rd grade IDEA Lab students make their own journals to use for brainstorming, sketching, planning, and note-taking.
Here are some sources of inspiration and instruction that I found helpful:
- Make a notebook from a paper bag in 5 minutes
- DIY smash style book
- How to make a loop pen holder (video)
- DIY perfect bound
I got out the sewing machine last night and asked my wife how to use it. She showed me how to stitch a binding through sheets of paper and a construction paper cover.
Below are prototypes I built showing the binding, lined pages, and a pocket/envelope at the back of one journal.