Below is a general list of notebooking supplies to help you get started.
The bare necessities include:
- Source of paper.
- Writing utensil.
- Somewhere to store your finished notebooking pages.
As you and your children become more acquainted with notebooking, you will find your groove and be better equipped to decide what supplies you want to use. Whether you choose ready-to-go notebooking templates or to create your own with blank paper, keep the focus simple. If you turn notebooking into too big of a project, you get caught up in more busywork and that is not our goal. We simply want to help our children capture the knowledge they are exposed to each day so that they can hold onto it.
notebook or binder
homemade comb-bound book
(See the cool binding tool we use below!)
plain copy paper
photo papers for personal photographs
writing & art utensils
fancy & fun-colored pens
tape and/or tape runner
SHEET PROTECTORS (OPTIONAL)
If you're putting finished notebooking pages in a binder, you may want to invest in sheet protectors to keep the pages from being ripped out and crumpled up. Buy in bulk to get the best deal.
EXTRA FUN TOOLS
SPECIAL SCISSORS, PUNCHES, BORDERS
fancy edging scissors
corner/tag/ticket or other specialty punchers
OTHER DECORATIVE ITEMS
internet images (try a Google "image" safe search)
ribbon or colored tape
We LOVE the ProClick P50 Binding Machine and use it to create all sorts of notebooks for school, home, church, etc. In fact, we have now own 2. My husband uses his to bind portfolios for work presentations.
I purchased mine many years ago for around $40-$50. The price varies from $70-$100. You might find a better deal on Ebay.
Click here for more information.
It only takes a few years of homeschooling to acquire mounds of crayons, markers, colored pencils, and the like. So how do we organize all of these supplies in our household?
With a large family, I found it best to keep as many supplies in one central location as possible. Each child can have their own school box with the bare necessities, but the rest is shared and kept in that central location.
Each child keeps a newer set of crayons in their individual school box. The older crayons get recycled into one of our community crayon bins.
colored pencils & markers
We have these sorted in powdered baby formula cans and cake icing containers by color families. A can for reds, yellows and oranges, blues, greens, purples, browns and blacks, etc. When needed, we put all the cans in the middle of the table in everyone's reach.
scissors, PAINTBRUSHES, and paints
Each child used to have their own scissors, but finally these too became thrown together in one container. So we have an old pencil jar full of regular scissors and another full of our special edged scissors. All paintbrushes are stored together in big coffee cans. Paints are kept in mom's cabinet inside plastic containers.
GLUES, TAPES, PUNCHES, ETC.
Each child has their own tape runner that they keep in their school box. The rest of our glues, tapes, punches, erasers, sharpeners, etc. are sorted in little baskets. I find it's much easier to keep like supplies in one place rather than trying to keep up with each child's individual supplies. Makes for faster clean up too!
borders & stencils
We have some fun scrapbooking border and cut-outs templates. These are easily stored in a binder since they come pre-punched. We also have some lettering stencils. We tuck these into the clear overlay of the binder to keep them from becoming bent.
papers & scraps
We use some old plastic to store our paper supplies and scraps. One is used for full-size colored papers and the other stores our usable scraps. More expensive specialty papers are kept in stacking trays and kids need permission to use these papers.
Paper trimmer, 3-hole punch, stapler, and binding tools are all kept out in the open for easy accessibility.