I like to write, but on the beach, I noticed that my kids like to collect. They found pretty, little shells, smooth skipping rocks and interesting plants. So, I made this journal with pocket pages for holding collectables. That way, they don't have to write a journal, they can gather one.
To make your own, first get some supplies together. I thought I had everything I would need, but you'll see I used a few additional things as I went along.
One thing I don't own is an awl. This has kept me from making books and journals before until I had the idea to just use a push pin. Why didn't I think of this sooner?!?! It works great.
I'm using our "What a Treat" bags in vellum with gold stars for every other page. I made them closeable by adding a brad and embroidery floss.
My other pages are from the Simple Surfaces and Krafternoon paper decks. I cut them 5" x 12" and folded them in half so that I had 5x6" pages to match up with the treat bags.
My cover used to be a cracker box, but covered in cute paper, one would never know!
When it came to binding, I found that lion clips and leaving a thumbtack in one corner kept the holes well aligned for threading.
I made up the stitching as I went, but it seems to have worked really well. I went up from the back, then under the previous stitches as shown in the below picture, then back down from the front.
My kids are excited to fill them up.