ABC Kids Book
I have really been getting into crafts ever since becoming a stay-at-home mom and what can I say…I am lovin’ it! I have never been a scrap booking, crafty, “from scratch” kind-of gal , but that has completely changed. Which is probably a good thing, since I was born into a hive of breeding Martha Stewarts. Seriously…my mom, my sisters and even sister-in-laws are amazing at cooking, cleaning, crafts, and just being all around miraculous moms.
One of the crafts I have been doing lately is a personalized ABC book. Besides being cute and a fun, they are pretty indestructible even if your kids do think they are Super Man. These books are wonderful because they can either be super easy to make or a little more in-depth, depends on which way you want to go.
First you will need to get…
- A photo book, preferably 8 x 8 (make sure there is enough pages in it for 26 letters of the alphabet - 13 pages- buy extra sheet protectors if needed)
- Alphabet stickers or if you want to make your own letters, get paper to cut them out.
- Card stock for the back ground border, if desired.
- And stickers, stickers, STICKERS. You don’t have to get stickers if you rather save some money and use old magazines to cut out pictures.
Your album should already come with white pages in the sheet protectors. I took those white pages out and trim them on two sides by ½ inch. Then glue them onto my card stock that I had cut into 8 x 8 squares, so background being 8x8 and the white paper 7.5 x 7.5.
Then place the letters on the pages. I put a colorful box behind the letters too, to give more color. Make sure to rotate the positioning of the letters on the pages, so when the book is closed it won’t make the book too fat. I made that mistake with the first one I made and couldn’t close the darn thing because all the lettering was in the same corner….yea that was a hard lesson learned.
Now it is up to you to decide if you want to use stickers/pictures to represent the letters, like ‘A’ for apple - 'B' for balloon. Or if you want your child to make this part, let them go through the magazines or stickers to figure out what should go on what page.
What's really nice about these books is that they don’t have to be limited to just the alphabet… you can make books for locations around the world, shapes, colors, or even take your own family photos and make a family tree book for the children. I really do love these books cause they are tear free, stain free, and spill proof…and with kids, could you really ask for anything more?
P.S. Fun tip - get an album with a window on the front for a photo and then you can place your child's photo on the cover.