"Art is my vehicle through life; may we share the ride together." Ron Wickersham

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Personalized Baby Board Book

I finally finished this little personalized board book for my grandbaby, Carl.  The idea came from Kimberly Petersen's post which I found here on Pinterest.

This took me far longer than I thought it would!  I had to find the photos, edit and enlarge and add text, then decoupage them all into the prepared book. I had bought two little 6" square board books years ago to alter and they worked perfectly. They had too many pages, so I just cut several out. Since the pages were glossy, I gessoed them all to give the pages some tooth for the decoupage glue to stick.

This is the cover. I was going to use duct tape for the binding but didn't want to buy a large roll for two (yes, I'm also doing one for my other little grandson) 6" strips! I found a strip of black plasticized webbing (from garage - have no idea what it's for) and this worked perfectly to glue over the spine.

Here's a peek inside the book. There is a page each for Daddy, Mommy, Grams, Pops, 3 aunts and 2 uncles, 1 cousin and both great-grandmothers.

I needed one more photo, so used our dog on the back cover.

I first tried using Photoshop Elements to create the pages, but after a few days of trial, error and lots of frustration, I simply opened a blank page in my word processing program (Pages, Mac) and dragged the photo into the page! How easy was that!  I resized it so the smallest dimension was 6" and added a text box. The text was typed in either black or white depending on the photo. Then I printed a copy on regular copy paper and cut it to fit the book page. I used Mod Podge to decoupage the photo to the book and then Mod Podged over each page to protect it from wear and tear.

I hope this will be a fun book for Carl to remember his extended family (maternal) and to put faces to names.  Drew's book is almost complete too - just need to add a few more photos.


Kim's Creations said...

I love this idea, I will be doing this for my grandson. Thanks for sharing!!

Robin said...

What a great idea and I'm sure it will be treasured for many years to come.


Vicki Chrisman said...

Darling Susan!

Sugar Lump Studios said...

What an adorable book and Carl is such a handsome little fellow!