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Monday, September 6, 2010

Library Record Book

This post has nothing to do with the Cricut but I'm posting it anyway just in case another mom who reads this blog can use the idea.

My twins just started 2nd Grade last week. They love to read but I am concerned about their horrible handwriting. I have been looking for excuses to make them write more. After all, practice makes perfect, right? I've bought them diaries so that they can write short entries of their days. I also make them write as punishment for doing something that they shouldn't. (" I will not tell lies." x 100 times). Now I have another idea.

When they came home from school last week all excited with their library books, I decided that I would make them write the title of every book that they borrow this year. If they like, they can even draw a picture and write a sentence of what the book is about.

To encourage them to write in their "Library Record Book", I took a 70-sheet spiral notebook and dressed it up with some printed graphics from Lettering Delights. Using images and papers from the Class Act Collection, and the School Rules and Kindergarten graphic sets, I arranged and printed the finished page with Adobe Photoshop to get this:

The font used is LD Chalky which is available only in the School Spectacular Font Set.

I had to trim down the page slightly to fit the front cover but after running some tape with my ATG gun, I was happy to see the newly dressed-up book.

The girls were excited to see their new books and I'm impressed that they didn't even balk at the idea of recording the book titles. I take that as a good sign and I can't wait  to make them start writing in it. 

"Muahahahaha!" (evil laughter. :-p)


  1. I LOVE this idea. Thank you so much for posting this idea. I am going to have to "borrow" this idea for my 5th;2nd and 1st grader:)

  2. You're very welcome, Pauline. I'm so happy that you can use this idea. Have fun decorating the covers! :-)

  3. That's a great idea. My kids do a lot of their lessons on the computer which means not enough writing. Two of the three have atrocious handwriting (in my opinion-dh thinks it's fine but his handwriting is just as bad or worse). I may have to try this because they all do like reading.