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Beating the winter blahs with fun activities

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By Marian Wilde , GreatSchools Staff

Family Photo Book

Here's a very personal gift that is fun to assemble. You might gather photos related to a special family gathering or holiday theme. What better present for special friends or relatives to remind them of shared memories?

Materials needed:

  • 2 pieces of cardboard or 4-ply rag board (sold at craft or art supply stores) for covers
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • A hole punch
  • Several pieces of 2-ply rag board for inside pages
  • Several sheets of colored paper
  • Glue stick
  • 1 or 2 pieces of 8-1/2-by-11-inch white paper
  • Assorted photos
  • Ribbon

Directions: Decide what size to make the book and measure two pieces of cardboard or 4-ply rag board for the front and back of the book. (A good size to accommodate one photo per page is 5 by 6 1/2 inches.) Cut covers with a craft knife or scissors. Evenly space two holes, using the hole punch, on one edge of the cardboard. Use the 2-ply rag board for the inside pages. Cut these the same size as the outside cover or make them a little smaller. Cut smaller rectangles of colored paper to use as borders for the photos. Glue the colored paper on the rag board and then glue the photos on the colored paper. With the hole punch, make two holes in each page that line up with the holes on the cover. Write captions for the photos on strips of white paper and glue on to the rag board pages. Be sure to identify the people in the photos and put the date on the front or back cover. Thread the ribbon through the holes and make a bow to tie the book together.

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