What kid doesn’t love stickers? Growing up, I had a huge collection of stickers. From Michael Jackson to local radio bumper stickers (yes believe it or not), nothing was left out of my growing collection. I had a sticker album in which I carefully placed my select and most beautiful or interesting stickers. The others I stored somewhat clumsily in the pockets that came with the sticker album. I was so proud of that sticker album and I still have it to this day. Every page and each sticker triggers some fond memories of the child I was so long ago.
Now that I have two little girls of my own, I see their faces light up with so much excitement each time they get a sticker. It’s amazing the power that stickers hold over young children. So, it got me thinking. I want them to have a sticker album too so that they can enjoy those memories later in life. Not only that, but it gets those pesky little stickers off my furniture, toys, car, etc.. and gives them a home. But here is the kicker: No one sells sticker albums anymore. I looked at several major stores and craft stores, and looked online, but just didn’t find any. Yes, there are a few choices out there that are character themed and come with a ton of stickers related to that character. However, I wanted something that was generic and fun, with lots of different decorated pages. So, rather than giving up, I decided why not make one? It would come from the heart, would be exactly what my girls like, and will eventually become a keepsake. So in case you need ideas on how to make a sticker album, I will tell you step by step how I made mine.
½ inch 3 ring binder
3 hole puncher
Different colored 8X 10 card stock paper
Stencils- alphabet letters, animals, flowers, nature
Different color glitter glue
Markers (not permanent as they tend to be seen through the card stock paper)
Zipper Pouch for 3 ring binders
How to Make A Sticker Album
Step 1: Decide how many pages of colored stock paper you will use in your sticker album and punch holes in them. While it is possible to laminate the card stock paper, I chose not to because even if stickers can be moved around, many times they tear or don’t stick properly again. As a child, I experienced this with my sticker albums which had ‘special’ sticker pages that supposedly avoided that. Rather than frustrate my children, I felt I could eliminate that option. However, the one advantage for laminating the card stock paper is that it makes it even more durable in the hands of little ones.
Step 2: Plan out what labels you will give some of your pages. For instance, do you want a Favorite Stickers page or Animal Stickers page? Perhaps a Fun Stickers and Cartoon Stickers page will suit your child.
Step 3: Using the letter stencils, start writing the titles you chose. You will need a ruler to align and center the stencils and markers to color in the letters.
Step 4: Using other stencils such as animals, flowers etc.. create pages that have a theme. For example, I created a fish page and insect page amongst several others.
Step 5: Use glitter glue to outline the titles and any other decorative stencils that you added to the pages. If you are creative, the glitter glue will enhance the stencil drawings and really make the pages ‘pop’. Note that the glitter glue will need to dry overnight.
Step 6: Now that you are done with creating the pages in the sticker album, place them into a 3 ring ½ inch binder preferrably in your child’s favorite color. Any larger, and you will have to fill it with far too many pages.
Step 7: Place your see through zipper pouch in the front of the pages. This pouch will be handy for storing all those favorite stickers. Add a few stickers in the pouch to start their collection.
Step 8: Last but not least, add your child’s name to the front of the binder. This can be quickly and neatly done using large letter stickers. Decorate the front as you see fit.
All in all, I spent several hours creating an album for each of my girls. Seeing the big smiles on their faces made all the time and effort well worth it. Each sticker album is not only functional and fun, but one of a kind!