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Creativity Prompt – Make a Hybrid Board Book

Friday, November 13th, 2009

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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Creativity Prompt – How To Make A Mini Gate-Album

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Gate Fold Mini-AlbumHow would you like to put together a beautiful mini album – from start to finish – in about an hour?

Sounds good, doesn’t it?

You know what, let me throw in a special feature that will turn your mini album from a beautiful albeit simple board-book into an intricate gate-album that is guaranteed to extract some “oohs and ahs” [I am pretty sure it’s a technical term. Please correct me if I’m wrong].

Are you interested? Yes? Then keep reading.

Oh, wait. Have I mentioned there’s a video tutorial included in the package?

Tools and Supply

How To

[Music with permission is by Josh Woodward from his album “Here Today”]

Step By Step Instructions

  1. Cut all your acetate and chipboard pieces to size and arrange them according to the following chart:
    gate album chart

    The top and bottom acetate (or acrylic) pieces protect your photos. You may leave those pieces out if you wish.

  2. Mark a 1/4″ line – lengthwise – on the respective edges and mark 3 dots on that line – 1 dot in the center and 2 other dots 1″ above and below the center one. Punch these marks with a Crop-A-Dile.

    After you have punched 3 holes on each side on one piece, you may use it to mark the holes on the other pieces and punch them accordingly.

  3. Adhere each photo to the chipboard with a generous application of glue stick. Start with one side, use a brayer to insure strong adhesion, and re-punch the holes before moving on to adhering the photo to the backside.

    You may replace each photo with a 4″ by 6″ sheet of patterned paper or cardstock – whatever works best for your needs.

    If the photo is bigger than the chipboard piece, trim the excess with a sharp craft knife.

    Double check the orientation of each photo, before you adhere it.

  4. Assemble all your layers, following the chart above, and attach together with binding rings.
  5. Embellish!

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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 🙂