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Below is a general list of supplies to help you get started with your notebooking.
Basically, you need:
- Source of paper.
- Writing utensil.
- Somewhere to store your finished notebooking pages.
As you and your children become more acquainted with notebooking, I think you will find your own particular “style” of notebooking and will be better equipped to decide what supplies you will want to use. Whether you use pre-made notebooking templates, like the ones we provide here at NotebookingPages.com, or create your own artful pages (or do both like us!), just be sure to keep the focus of what you are doing simple. If you turn notebooking into too big of a “project”, you will find yourself caught up in more busywork and that is not our goal. We simply want to help our children capture the knowledge they are exposed to each day so that they can hold onto it, building within themselves a storehouse of wisdom from all of their experiences.
Notebook or Binder
plain copy paper
Writing & Art Utensils
Sheet Protectors (optional)
If your children will be putting their finished notebooking pages in a binder, then you may want to invest in some sheet protectors to keep the pages from being accidentally ripped out and crumpled up. Their notebooks will be dearly loved extensions of themselves and you will want to protect their work. Buy in bulk to get the best deals.
EXTRA FUN TOOLS
Special Scissors, Punches, Borders
Other Decorative Items
It only takes a few years of homeschooling to acquire mounds and mounds of crayons, markers, colored pencils, and the like. So how do we organize all of these supplies in our household?
I have found it best for my brood to keep as many supplies in one central location as we possibly can. Each child has their own school box with their bare necessities, but the rest is kept on a long set of 3′ tall shelves in our family/school room.
Each year, each child gets a set of new crayons to keep in their individual school box. The old crayons get recycled into one of two “community” crayon bins.
Colored Pencils & Markers
We have these sorted in powdered baby formula cans & cake icing containers by color “families”. A can for reds, yellows & oranges, blues, greens, purples, browns & blacks, etc. When needed, we put all the cans in the middle of the table in everyone’s reach.
Each child used to have their own scissors, but finally these too became thrown together in one container. So we have an old pencil jar full of regular scissors and another full of our special edged scissors.
Paint Brushes & Paints -
All brushes stored together in big coffee cans. Paints are kept in mom’s cabinet inside two large plastic containers.
Glues, Tapes, Punches, etc.
Each child does have their own tape runner that they keep in their school box. The rest of our glues, tapes, punches, erasers, sharpeners, etc. are sorted in little baskets. I find it’s much easier to keep like supplies in one place rather than trying to keep up with each child’s individual supplies. Makes for faster clean up too!
Borders & Stencils
We have some of the fun scrapbooking border and cut-outs templates. These are easily stored in a binder since they come with pre-punched holes. We also have some of the lettering stencils. We tuck these into the clear overlay of the binder to help keep them from becoming bent which distorts the more delicate stencils.
We have some of the old “bulk bins” from our local Schnucks store. They are large clear plastic bins and our full-size colored papers fit nicely inside. We keep one generic plastic tote for all of our scraps.
Special Papers -
The more expensive papers are kept in plastic stacking trays – kids need permission to use these papers.
Paper trimmer, 3-hole punch, stapler, and binding tools are all kept out in the open for easy accessibility.