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