So a friend of mine posted a photo of her baby playing with a family album book on Instagram. You can find the album on Amazon here for $15ish. Now I know that's not a whole lot of money but it was definitely more than I was willing to spend on a book. So I decided to make my own! I wish I could take credit for the idea, but alas, I cannot. I got the idea from the wonderful, all-consuming world of Pinterest.
I started with a board book in semi-decent condition that I got for like 25 cents at the thrift store. I wiped it down with a baby wipe and let it dry.
I then labeled what I wanted, rather who I wanted, on each page using stickies. That way, I could rearrange it as many times as I needed to make sure I included everyone. (Sorry other family members reading this! This first volume is only for immediate family members and pets, haha.)
I used a pack of scrapbooking paper that I already had and picked out all the patterns that I wanted to use. I went with a fun rainbow theme here.
I then opened my book and laid it cover side down on the back of a piece of scrapbooking paper. I traced the outline of the front and back cover and spine with a pencil.
Then I cut it out.
And Mod Podged it on. Love it when you take a product and turn it into a verb. (Also, I already had the Mod Podge, so this craft basically cost me only 25 cents.)
Ta-da! All Mod Podged.
I used an Exacto knife to trim off the excess from the edges. I placed a scrap piece of cardboard underneath my workspace so that I wouldn't cut up the tabletop.
And basically I repeated the same thing for all the other pages except I only traced one page and used that as a template for the rest of my scrapbooking pages. Hope that made sense.
Doesn't it just look so fun already?! I put the stickies back on after I Mod Podged each page with scrapbooking paper. My memory is pretty horrible sometimes. Ok... Most times.
For the pictures, I compiled a folder on my computer of all the people and pictures I wanted to use and then printed them small enough to fit on each page. Oh yeah- and I added names to each picture in Photoshop. If you don't have that program, you can use PicMonkey for free. I did this super fast. If I was going to be more professional about it, I would have done all the pictures the same size and proportions. But that's too much.
I cut them out.
And guess what comes next? ... You guessed it! I Mod Podged them on. I even put another layer of Mod Podge on top of all the pages to seal everything in good, and to protect them from all the future grimy fingers and baby drool. I was afraid this step was going to take forever but I just did a thin layer on each page and it ended up drying in about 5 minutes per page. Done in no time at all! And now my book is easily wipeable with a baby wipe. Goodbye germies!
Now let's look at the finished product. Anyone want to read a story with me?
Here we go!
The end! Hope you enjoyed this simple tutorial. And now let me leave you with two Halloween pictures to brighten your day.
Say hello to our stinky Selah-skunk!
And to our happy Halloween baby. (Yes, I tried to make a bandana scarf bib. And yes, it is covered with a cat print.)
Until next month!