Step 2: Cut an Old Board Book to Size

On your way to pick up your photos at the print shop swing by your local thrift store and get a board book to use as a base. The book should be at least 4x6 inches in order to fit the prints. I cut mine down to exactly 4x6 inches to match the prints using a saber saw with a fine blade. You could also use a utility knife to cut one page at a time. I spray painted the binding black to hide the old book title.

As another alternative (which I'll probably try on my next book) you could glue the photos onto individual pieces of cardboard and then bind it yourself or take it to a print shop and get it spiral bound. Using an old board book as my base spared me from dealing with binding the thick pages but it ended up making it difficult to close the book due to the extra thickness of the four prints between pages. This isn't all bad though because it makes it much easier for a toddler to turn the pages since they stand apart.
<p>Looks hard... but going to attempt!</p>
&nbsp;Awesome Idea. &nbsp;I'd love to make one of San Francisco for my kids who love board books....
dude i was thinking the same things i liv in the mission , cool to have my lil ones bear hiding on the bridge ...
&nbsp;wow! such an awesome instructable!
What a great idea! This would make a great gift!
This is great! I'm planning on making one of me hiding in or behind different toys and things that belong to my daughter to encourage her to call me mama.
That was way cool! I'll definitely have to make some of these to add to all the other <a rel="nofollow" href="http://parentricity.com/great-toddler-books">great toddler books</a> I've got! I'm probably not going to be as successful as the ones outlined here, but it looks like a fun project to do with the kids.<br/>
This is simply fabulous! I love Photoshop and also my new nephew, Max. Now I have an awesome way to bring the two loves together. By the time I complete this project, Max will be just at the right age for his very own first book. Thanks for the wonderfully concise instructions!
Thanks for the compliment, I hope you will share a few pictures of your project when your book is completed. :)
Love it!!!! There are blank board books for sale on internet. I got some on a reading instruction website. Probably couldn't/shouldn't mention website name if I remembered it or looked it up. Set came with sticker sheets the size of the books to print pages - then stick them on. I added a mirror to one page with same idea as the cutout of the flaps -- putting a mirror in the cutout part. I'd post it, but gave the book away. Be sure to get UNBREAKABLE mirror. I got metal one at science supply store. Since it's framed out, plastic would likely be ok too (toxicity not a problem, kid will chew edges of book not the mirror itself). Speaking of toxicity, folks- consider using white glue and other less-toxic stuff. The really great graphics spray adhesive has GOT to be bad for little people who will chew on the books.
Ok, I am marking this as a project for Christmas. Great instructable
nice and cool
This si so beautifully done! What a wonderful idea. I know my girls would love this, especially my 1 yr old who is beginning to really explore books. Thank you for this instructable!
Nice. I'd been meaning to do something like this but never got around to it. As far as how to make a board book from scratch, have a look at this: <br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://degroof.home.mindspring.com/boardbook/boardbook.html">http://degroof.home.mindspring.com/boardbook/boardbook.html</a><br/><br/>One of these days, I'll get around to making that into an Instructable.<br/>
That was an awesome instructable. Great Job! Now I want to go out a purchase photoshop.
Thanks! Unless you are a professional graphic designer I would recommend just buying Photoshop Elements. I'm still using version 2.0 and It's met my needs as an amateur photographer very well.
Just use GIMP - its free and easy
Try Paint.NET. One review says, "It's the free equivalent of Photoshop!"
Beautiful! I have done this on scrapbooks, but will have to make one of these as a card for a friend's birthday. Maybe a title of "Oh Where Have the Years Gone?".
Great instructable, can't wait to make one for my kids!
I agree with everybody, this is an AWESOME Instructable, the pictures are great, and the steps are very easy to follow too, great job.
Very well made Instructable, with very good directions.
nice, i´ll defintely will make one for my son!
Very nice!

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