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Creativity Prompt – Make a Hybrid Board Book

November 13th, 2009 by Avital

Hybrid Board BookThis time I revisit an oldie, but a goodie – the altered board book.

This week there is a twist – I am going hybrid.

That means that part of the book is designed digitally and part of it – traditionally. Together it’s a great mix of new & old.

Using digital elements, such as patterned papers, word art and other digital embellishments helps in keeping a theme and a color scheme for the book. If you want to make this book as a gift, in multiples, then starting on your computer also allows you to include all your journaling on the pages and then printing them either once or a million times, with no extra effort.

Cool, huh?

Tools & Supply

How To

[Watch on You Tube]

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Start this project on the computer. Open your photo editing software and either crop or resize the digital patterned papers to the same width and height of your board book.

    Don’t forget to count the spine while making the pages for the cover, leave a gap the same width as your spine between them.

  2. Print your pages on cardstock. Plain paper won’t be opaque over the altered pages of the board book.

    Use the borderless printing setting, otherwise the printer will scale down your images to allow a white border around them and it’ll distort your measurement.

  3. Start working on the cover – trim off the excess paper and score your spine’s fold lines to get crisp creases. You may also go over the folds again with the bone folder, for an even crisper look.
  4. Adhere the cover by applying a generous layer of glue stick on the board book cover and burnish with a brayer. Let dry.
  5. In the meantime, start cutting the pages and your photos and any other digital element you have printed (word art, embellishments, journaling tags, etc.)
  6. Once the glue has dried, turn your page around and cut off the excess with a very sharp craft knife. If you get uneven edges, you can file them down with sand paper.
  7. Repeat the same process with the rest of the pages: adhere, go over it with a brayer, let dry and trim off the excess.

    Make sure you trim off the edges of a page before adhering the printed cardstock to the other side.

  8. Some ideas for embellishing your mini altered book:

    • Adhere your titles with foam pop-dots to give some extra dimension.
    • Stick to one type of embellishment (buttons in my case) to maintain cohesion.
    • Use different sizes of pen tips to create interesting handmade word art.
    • Outline your pictures, letter stickers and other elements with your journaling pen to anchor them to the page and add dimension.
    • Using 3D embellishments can make dents in your photos, so make sure both pages have the same “elevation” so the elements won’t touch the pictures themselves.
    • Have fun!!!

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If you have any question, suggestion or remark – don’t hesitate to contact me – either leave a comment here, use the contact form or start a new thread on the Creativity Prompt Flickr Group!!!

I would also be very happy to see your own creations, so don’t be shy and share 🙂

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13 Comments to “Creativity Prompt – Make a Hybrid Board Book”

  1. Dear Avital,

    Here is my idea of starting Friday morning in a perfect way:

    1. Make yourself a nice cup of coffee
    2. open computer
    3. go to creativityprompt.com
    4. sit back, relax, Avital has done all the work for you
    5. drink up, nod, smile as your watching a great project onfold
    6. smile some more, feel energized and grateful
    7. tell Avital she rocks because that’s exactly how you feel
    8. smile some more
    9. think again about all the time, effort she put in that post, hear yourseld think “wow”
    10. Feel happy.

    Thank You my Friend 😉

    • Avital says:

      Alexandra, my friend.

      I am speechless. This must have been the nicest, sweetest, awesomest thing anyone has ever told me!

      You are THE BEST!

      You’ve made my day!
      Thank you!

  2. Ashlee says:

    Wow! You are amazing. First taking over my planner and now this! I haven’t read the older posts.. I think I’m in trouble! Thank you!

  3. Elisa says:

    That’s so creative, Avital. I love everything about it – the combination of Shimelle colourful papers with the b&w dotty cover made it!

    • Avital says:

      Thank you, Elisa! I actually heat-embossed the dots on the cover in a messy way, to make it look “manly” and grungy 🙂

  4. Melanie K. says:

    It is GREAT to finally hear your voice! I loved seeing you make this … great tut! (as always!)

  5. Sheri Twing says:

    Wow Avital! Awesome video….I love your album….makes me want to go check out the dollar bin at Target now!

  6. Rachel says:

    Aww, I am loving all these comments as much as I’m loving today’s project. your blog is so happy!

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