Face Book: DIY Toddler Board Book

Emmie loves her people. She loves nothing more than to look at pictures of everyone and loudly proclaim their names. Rather than constantly shooing her away from the pictures on my phone, (I’m on my fourth phone in two years from her dropping and breaking them, even with Otterboxes) I figured she’d like a book of her favorite people to toss around willy-nilly. I found out that you can have a board book printed. Adorable, I thought. Then I looked at the price tag. $24.95 each plus shipping and handling. For a toddler. No.

I decided to make Emmie a book instead. It’s not quite as tidy as the custom-printed one, but it does the job.

First I found pictures of all her people, cropped them, and added names. Then I printed them all out at 3.5 x 5 inches. I cut some card stock into the same size for the pages.

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I cut out the pictures and stuck them on using double-stick tape. Then I covered them with Con-Tact paper. This stuff and I do not get along. I always end up with bubbles and creases in it. It was a necessary evil in this case. It turned out alright, though not as pretty as I would have liked.

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To bind the book, I just sewed through the crease. I made two of these stitches, one near the top and one near the bottom.

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Yay! Her own little family book.

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