I created this cover using MS Word clip art
I used Beautiful Feet Books products (we love their guides and use almost all of them) as the course base, read additional materials if needed and then journaled/notebooked and/or had the children color pics to add some interest. We just add as we go through the lessons.
I would like to point out that I use several different sources-BFB guide, books listed in the study Enchanted Learning and ABCteach. I use what ever I can, including online sources to get some goodies.
Please remember, my son is color blind so lots of stuff is green, brown or oddly colored.
I buy the construction paper (you'l need to trim it to fit) from the dollar store, and that is what we use as our background paper
copy off the image we need, add the typed info and slip em into page protectors
It is easy to build a notebook using any history program, as you can add pics, text, poems, maps, etc. that fit each area you study. Using this technique not only provides a great source to reference back to-it makes such a neat "step back into time" too. I love going thru the older kids' books to see their stuff-it is so sweet.
Well, hopefully, you are encouraged to give this a try.