Kids love books. But littler kids also have a tendency to destroy them. Making your own books using sheet protectors as page covers is a great way to create personal books that your child can enjoy for a loooong time. It's fun to include things they see everyday and can recognize on their own, or to include new things to help them learn about the world around them.
Today I'll be showing you how to do this with photographs, but the options for variations are really limitless here. You could easily use fabric, paper, or other mediums instead. And how fun would it be to add velcro to the top of some of the pages to make a quiet book or matching activity? It's so easy to think of fun ways to use this simple method of book making!
Here's what you'll need:
(I recommend using a standard weight or heavier for durability)
-cereal boxes or card stock*
*In this tutorial I used white card stock that was left over from another project, but if I hadn't had that on hand I would have just used cereal boxes. It's a great way to recycle and it all gets covered up anyway!
Step 1: Preparing your photographs and card stock
Decide how big you'd like your book pages to be. Cut your photographs and card stock accordingly.
Step 2: Sewing your pictures inside the sheet protectors
Beginning at the top right corner of your photograph (the folded edge of the sheet protector) carefully stitch around the top and side of your photograph, ending at the row of stitching you previously did along the bottom.
Step 3: Cutting your pages apart
Step 4: Preparing your book for binding
First, double check and make sure that your pages are in the order you want them to be in the finished book.
Step 5: Sewing the binding
Step 6: Removing the excess sheet protector
"I put on my shoes and I walk to her house."
"We play with toys."
"We learn alphabet letters."
I gave each of them their books along with some other goodies the night before they left and they were a big hit. They loved looking at the pictures and pointing out themselves, each other, mommy, daddy, Auntie Katie and Uncle B, and especially their cousin Olivia.
I've also made other variations of these books in the past.
The possibilities are endless! I hope you'll enjoy making some of your own!