A while ago, I was listening to the Capturing Magic podcast, and there was a Magic Minnie episode about making photo board books. My brain immediately started fizzing– even though we haven’t been to Disney (and it might be a while before we go), I could imagine making photo board books for my daughter about all sorts of things. I decided my first one should be called “People Who Love You.”
A week or two later, I was shopping in JoAnn and happened to come across some fantastic clearance items in the kids’ educational toys aisle. I did a little happy dance because among the items was a box of TEN tiny board books for $4!! I actually got two sets because I thought the animal books were so cute, so I wanted to keep one set and alter the other.
The books are super tiny, less than 3″ square, with chunky pages. There are 6 page faces, so I decided to do a page each for Mommy, Daddy, grandparents on Mommy’s side, grandparents on Daddy’s side, Aunt, and Uncle. Over the next few weeks, I collected photos, cropped them down and added some text that identifies the people in the pictures.
I hadn’t used Mod Podge for YEARS, but opening my brand new bottle brought back some powerful memories of decoupaging bits of fabric onto a papier-mâché duck (?????)… Anyway…. I used the Mod Podge to attach the photos to the pages and to cover the outside of the book. I used a scrap of fabric to cover the spine (so that it’d be more flexible). I probably should have painted over the printing on the book, because I can see hints of it peeking through the fabric, but it’s okay. The title is made with a free .png download that Ali Edwards just released on her blog, which was perfect. Until I saw that blog post, I was stumped about what the cover should look like. I converted the .png to a cut file for my Silhouette and added a little banner to finish the title.
I am looking forward to making more! I think that I’d like to make the next ones to showcase trips/vacations we’ve taken together. But for now, I’m really excited with how this one came out, and I think my little girl likes it, too!