Chances are our grandma is more fun than your grandma! Okay, she’s not my grandma, but she is my mom, which makes my boys super lucky because she is their grandma. A few years ago she started Grandma’s Camp, and it is now the most talked about–most anticipated event of summer (I think after this year she’s starting to wonder what she’s got herself into!)
To announce the theme and dates for Grandma’s Camp she mails each family a book to read. And then on the designated day we hand the kids over to Grandma for days of fun! She keeps them for 3-4 days, including overnight, and has each day packed full of activities and they come home with a special edition Grandma’s Camp shirt. It’s a pretty big deal.
As a little thank you for the great memories my boys have made with Grandma I made her this Grandma’s Camp book that I hope turns from a scrapbook into a year book that the kids will sign as they get older. And I made each kid a mini version they can take to grandma’s camp with them every year too! Maybe we can convince Grandma to write special notes in each of their books.
To get started all I did was print the pages off on double sided matte photo paper (my favorite!) and used the Cinch to bind it together. The cover pages were Mod Podged onto chipboard.
Have you ever had a curling problem when using Mod Podge? I learned a trick in a class I took from Poppyseed Projects. They were talking about wood and paint, but it works the same with Mod Podge and paper. Ready for it?
Apply Mod Podge to both sides, even if you only need it on 1 side.That’s it. The paper on the right has only been Mod Podged on the back and the paper on the left has it on both sides. See what a difference it makes? So I Mod Podged both sides of the chipboard and the end result is a flat cover–no warping!The pages were made in Photoshop and all the products were from Crystal’s Sept 2009 collection. I put lines for the date, theme, and book and other than that left the pages empty for photos, doodling and notes. There are enough pages for 10 years– so Mom there’s no backing out of this now!
Once I had the cover Mod Podged I used The Cinch to put it all together. You may remember The Cinch from Kirsten’s Lucky Charm Notebooks, or Jamie’s inspiration and summer photo journals. I’m not going to show you how it works, but you can check out one of their tutorials for more info!
I asked the grandkids what the camp rules are and these are the ones they all agreed on. Rule #2, must be potty trained is the only reason my 2 year old is potty trained! Being potty trained means you are big enough to go to Grandma’s Camp and he really wanted to go!
The first year it was just 2 grandkids and they caught bugs and went fishing.
Year 2, three kids were able to go to the pirate themed camp!
And this year was a dinosaur theme that 4 grandkids qualified for.
On the back I added part of the bracket so it looks like a wrap around and thought it was a cute touch on the back.