I am a library director and we no longer use book pockets, but I notice scrapbooking companies sell them and people use them for photos, mementos, etc. I have used this idea for a versatile, quick ornament that most any age group would enjoy. Possibilities are endless. Your family will pull out the items and look at them for years to come.
Approximate Time: 20 minutes
- one or two book pockets
- copies of photos, copies of paper keepsakes, or copies of storybook images
- buttons, rick rack, other notions
- glitter, stickers, etc.
- scissors, hole punch
- thin string for hanging
- If you're using just one pocket, begin by selecting your image and cutting it out. Lay aside.
- Add whatever trims you want to you pocket. Red rick rack is nice, but get creative with this little canvas! Not too many heavy items, though.
- Punch a hole in the top and add string.
- Place your item in the pocket.
- At the library, I copied pages from vintage books, but little kids love doing photos of themselves. You could use ticket stubs, hospital bracelet from a newborn, whatever. I suggest using copies of things. Laminate them if you want.
- My pockets were adhesive-backed, so I put 2 together, attaching the string in between with tape. (I put the "big sister" on one side and the "little sister" on the other. You could put a photo from the event on one side and a ticket stub on the other.
As I said, these pockets are available with scrapbooking supplies, but if you ask your local librarian nicely, she or he may give you some!
By Cindy from Waynesburg, PA