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School Days
1st Day Journal/Memory Book
Designed by Candie Cooper

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Always cover your work surface with a mat or some type of protective covering like wax paper or plastic.


Age Range: 7 to 12

Grade Range: 2 to 6

Skill Level: Moderate

Appropriate for These Special Events:
Every Day and Rainy Days

Supports Subject Area(s) of:
Language Arts – e.g. step by step instructions
Mathematics - measuring
Visual Arts

Time Needed for Project:
1 hour

Main Materials:
Elmer's® 12" x 18" bi-fold foam core
Navy Duck® Brand duct tape
Westcott® Scissors
X-Acto® self-healing mat
X-Acto® Craft Knife
Elmer's® writing themed project Popperz®
Elmer’s® Rubber Cement
Elmer's® glue stick

Mini Bi-Fold Foam BoardProject Popperz Science LabCraft Bond Acid-Free No-Wrinkle Rubber CementAll-Purpose Glue Stick


Basic Materials:
1/2 yard of fabric
School themed 12" x 12" scrapbook paper
Plain 12" x 12" cardstock


  1. Round the outer corners of the foam core so they resemble a composition journal with scissors.
  2. Split the board in half with a craft knife.
  3. Coat each of the outside covers with glue stick and adhere a panel of fabric.  Trim excess fabric around the edge.
  4. Coat the inside covers with glue stick and adhere school themed scrap book paper.  Trim away excess paper with craft knife.
  5. Seal the left edge on each cover with duct tape.
  6. Cut the inside pages to measure 8 3/4" by 11 3/4".  Lay two pages side by side and place a piece of duct tape down the center, connecting the two.
  7. Turn the piece on the right over (as if you're turning the page in a book) and place a new piece on the right.  Repeat connecting to the other pages with duct tape.
  8. When you have the desired number of pages, connect them to the front cover with duct tape like you have been.
  9. Place all the pieces together and put another strip of duct tape over the outside biding.
  10. Finish connecting the back page to the back cover.
  11. Decorate the cover like a composition notebook adding book border and "1st Day Journal" stickers.
  12. Fill the inside with great memories of the 1st day of school.


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