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My Family Scrapbook
By Sandy Laipply

When you see the “helping hand” symbol on a project, it means you may need adult supervision to do the project. Always use care when using tools or a heat source. Be careful and safe!

Ask an adult to cut (2) 4 ¼” squares from foam board for covers, and cut thru the top layer of paper and the foam ½” in from one edge of each.

Main supplies:

  • 3-4 colors of cardstock, including white
  • Elmer’s® Painters® Opaque Paint Marker - black
  • Elmer’s® Paintastics™ Paint Brush Paint Pens
  • Small piece of Elmer’s® Foam Board
  • Pepperell Crafts Plastic lacing – 30”
  • Elmer’s® Washable School Glue Stick

Basic Supplies:

  • Plastic bag
  • Fiskars® ¼”hole punch
  • Ruler
  • Fiskars® scissors or paper trimmer
  • Pencil
  • Plastic knife
  • Fiskars® decorative edge scissors
  • Black pen
  • Craft knife, cutting mat and straight edge


  1. Center the template to mark each cover and punch holes where shown.
    Decorate the foam board with paint pens. Dab 3 colors of paint on the foam board. Immediately scrunch up a piece of plastic bag and dab it into the paint to “marble” the colors. Let dry. Repeat for other side.
  2. Measure, mark and cut 4” x 4” squares from cardstock for pages. Cut as many as desired using colors of your choice. Use the template to mark each page and punch cardstock with holes where shown. Score cardstock ½” in from one edge.
  3. Use templates to make as many tags as you need. Decorate tags as you like, using cardstock, decorative scissors, and paint pens. Write the category on the end of the tags and glue the tags into your book. Use the template to make as many mats as you like and glue these into your book. Add photos or journaling to these pages.
  4. Arrange the pages and covers as desired, lining up the holes. Starting at the bottom, thread the lacing thru the holes, going over the cover each time. Come back down to the bottom and tie your book together.
  5. Cut a 2” x 3” rectangle of white cardstock. Use the marker to write
    “ My Family” on this rectangle. Glue to front cover of book.

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