Today I’m going to share a hybrid passport and some postcards I’ve created to keep my kids interested in the “work” that I have planned for them.
I have come up with some topics that we’ll be looking into and I gathered some books, atlases, map puzzles and other learning toys/tools, as well as planning some day trips, to keep the learning fun. We’ll be traveling, literally and figuratively, to learn about Mount Vernon in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington DC. Each time we learn about and visit one of these places, we’ll jot them into their passports and then my kids will write up a postcard, drawing a picture about what they learned on the front, and then writing about it on the back. I will be helping my almost-four year old write.
Let’s see how I made the passports and postcards using these supplies…
- Around the World Collab kit – available at The Daily Digi on June 23rd before coming home to The Digichick in July
- Photoshop Elements
- Cardstock and paper
- Zip Dry paper glue
- Score tool
- Clear Stamps and ink (Postmarks and Road Trip from Papertrey Ink)
- Zing! Embossing powder, Versamark and heat tool
- Distress ink and sponge
- Postage die to cut out stamps and die cutting machine
I first designed my passport cover and back cover using digital papers and images from the Around the World Collab kit in Photoshop Elements. I used a fun label as the place to type my title “passport” on the cover.
On the second page, I added the boarding pass image as a place to later write in, or have my son write in, their names and other info. The interior pages were designed using a ledger-style paper included in the kit.
At this same time, I created the postcards using a polka dot digital paper and two brushes included, one of which allowed for a space to write a several lines and the other as a perfect place to put an address. I love the vintage look of these brushes! The postcards measured about 5 x 7 inches, to give plenty of room for beginning writers to have space to write and draw.
After printing out all the pages, I started to put the passport together. The cover was cut to size and I inked the edges using a Distress ink and a sponge. At this point, I also scored that piece down the middle to create the cover and back cover. I also cut out the page 2 with the boarding pass tag, inked that as well, scored down the middle and adhered it to the cover using Zip Dry paper glue.
I then decided to add another decorative element to the cover so I heat embossed the wing image using gold Zing! embossing powder. I also stamped the compass image to the second page as well as Bon Voyage. Once I finished that, I cut down the remaining interior pages to size, scored them, and stapled them into the passport.
The third page contains the map image which was stamped onto Kraft cardstock, cut out and adhered. I was able to stamp the small star image to pinpoint a location on the map as well as stamping “I was here”. I’m sure my kids will enjoy finding all the place we will visit this summer on the map and stamping their mark as well!
For the postcards, I simply cut them out from the printed page, inked the edges and began to decorate with my stamps. I added the Post Card line with a dark brown ink. The little postage stamps were created using a die. I cut out several from cream and white cardstock, and stamped with the various images. I thought it would be fun to let my kids choose which stamps they want to add to their postcards.
And that’s how I created my summer passport! Thanks for taking a look at my passport and postcard project!
If I’ve inspired you to create your own passport, I’d love to see it so make sure you come back and link me to yours!
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