We started by making our covers and back pages. To make the covers, my students found the letters of their names on stickers and put them in order. Then, we glued on a little cover design that I made.
To make the backs, we glued on a message from the teachers and had all the kids sign their names.
Next, the kids starting arranging the pictures and captions on the paper. Once they showed a teacher and got the OK, they were able to start gluing on the pictures. I like to buy scrapbook paper from the dollar spot at Target. They usually sell 8-10 sheets for $1. I collect all the different seasonal pages over the course of the year, so by the time we make our books, we have quite the selection.