Brochures in Notebooks {50 Things Series}

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Blog Series 50 Things to Put Into a Notebook

The blog post 50 Things to Put in a Notebook continues to be one of the most popular how to posts here at The Notebooking Fairy. So to bring that post to life, I am writing this blog series, showing you specific examples of those fifty different things.

Fifty Things to Put into a Notebook: #9 Brochures

materials from Philladelphia & NYC visit

brochures from a trip to historic Philadelphia and NYC

Brochures and pamphlets are perfect for notebooks. They are free, colorful, and usually very precise. Whenever you are out on a field trip, keep your eyes open for brochures for your homeschool notebooks.

Sometimes after a field trip, I ask my daughter to compile her observations and collected brochures into a series of notebooking pages. But other times, we add a single brochure to something we studied in the past. Or maybe we’ve never formally studied that topic. The brochure can still be stored neatly in a notebook. You just never know when you will read about that very topic and can use the brochure as a reference.


materials from a flat traveler trade

There are two primary ways to put whole brochures into your notebooks:
1. page protectors
2. adhesives

Page Protectors for Brochures

A page protector is probably the easiest way to store a pamphlet or brochure. Just slip it in, and you’re done. If it is a trifold brochure, opening it up allows the whole layout to be visible with just a flip of the page. For larger brochures such as large fold out maps or theater programs, a page protector is the best way to preserve the content on the publication and make it easy to read for the future.

romeo juliet shakespeare

program from a Shakespeare performance

Adhesives for Brochures

If the back of the brochure is not important to you, you can always glue it directly onto a sheet of hole punched cardstock. I always recommend cardstock because the thickness of a regular sheet of copy paper is normally not strong enough to hold a brochure.

Or you can use photo corners to affix the brochure. This allows you to remove the brochure if you like and then put it back, safely in the notebook.

cutting out pictures from field trip things

cutting up brochures for images for notebooking pages

Of course, you can also cut up brochures for their images and text, creating your own notebooking page from the material. Because we like to use this method too, I usually grab two of any brochure we plan to use in a notebook. That way you can use one for the images on the front and the second one for the images on the back.

If you have ever found your notebooks growing boring, just stay tuned to this series as you see how varied they can be. There are at least fifty different ways!


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Jimmie Quick

Jimmie is now a veteran homeschool mom. Her daughter Emma is a student of the sciences at a large university in Illinois. Her guide to notebooking—Notebooking Success—guides you through notebooking: what it is; how to use it; how it fits a Charlotte Mason, classical, and textbook curriculum; tips for getting the most educational value from it; and much more. It comes bundled with several bonuses, including a small set of generic notebooking pages that can be used with any topic.

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Mary Reply

Another great idea!!!

Unrelated — but I love Sprite’s bandana!!!

Ruthie Reply

We love using brochures in our notebooking. Especially for notebooking our field trips. It allows them to really tell their story of what happened. Keep the ideas coming, Jimmie. I love this series!

Samantha Reply

Jimmie, I love the picture of Sprite’s table and materials. I think a post about how you have her set up and the tools she uses and that sort of thing with lots of pictures would be awesome!

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