Twig Book Tutorial & Inspiring Blank Book Links

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Simple blank books are a must-have for any house with young, budding authors. I have been inspired by the creative variations I have seen from many different talented mothers. I decided to add my simple contribution and to highlight some of my favorites from around the blogosphere.

Inspiring blank books by…

Flipflops & Applesauce
Soule Mama
Angry Chickenhere & here
Molly Irwin
The Write Start
Susan Kapuscinski Gaylordhere & here
Diane Gilleland at Craftstylish
Book Making at Blissful Kids
Photo Journals by Five and a Half
Bare Books – we used them here & here
Blank Slate Board Books
Elsa Morablank book experience

Twig Book Tutorial

1. Gather some cover stock, blank white paper (I cut standard 8.5 x 11 in half), twigs, rubber bands and a hole punch.
2. With the cover stock as the front and back pages and approximately 4-6 pages of white paper in between, punch two holes on the left hand side of the paper (approx. 1 inch from the top and the bottom).
3. Line the twig up with the holes and wrap the rubber band around the top of twig and string through the top whole.
4. Stretch the rubber band down the back side of the book. Then string it through the bottom hole, towards the front of the book, and around the bottom of the twig.
5. Open the book and crease the front cover along the twig for easy access.
6. Leave out in your writing area and watch the brilliant novels begin to appear!



With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.



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