Friday, February 6, 2009

Altered Board Book Tutorial


My daughter had a few board books that just did not capture her interest, so I decided to alter them with words and pictures I knew she would like. The one shown above is now filled with pictures of her and her friends and family, cute stickers and paper embellishments. I can't wait to give it to her for Valentine's Day. Here's how I did it. First get an unwanted board book that is in reasonably decent condition (no warped pages, etc.).



Next, trace the front cover of the book onto some heavy cardstock or packing cardboard to make a template for the page liners. Cut it out.



Using your template, cut up scrapbook paper or other patterned paper into as many pieces as you need to cover each page of the book, plus one piece for the front, and one for the back.


If your book has curved edges like mine, use an edge trimmer or scissors to round the edges of your page liners.



Now it's time to cover each of the interior pages of the book. Lightly coat the book page with Mod Podge or watered down Tacky Glue, applied with a sponge for the thinnest coat. Trim your page liner by about 1/8 of an inch along the long, non-round-edge side. This way it won't bump right up agains the inner edge of the book and make the book get too bulky.


Press the page liner onto the Mod Podge-covered page and gently smooth out any wrinkles.



Apply the page liner for the front cover. You will use the full size piece of paper since there is no need to trim away from the margin. Decorate in any way you want. I added ric-rac (see below), a chipboard sticker (see top picture) and scrapbook lettering stickers. For the back cover, you will probably need to trim closer to 1/2 inch from the long side of the page liner because you need to place it beyond the seam where the book folds.



Now the really fun part -- write the story and decorate and/or illustrate the inside pages.







12 comments:

Bizzy Bee Creations said...

OMG!!! How cute is that! I will be doing one of these soon! Thanks for the tutorial!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Aww, that is so sweet! What a fabulous gift, I'll be linking.

Misha said...

So flippin' SMART. Did you invent this? 'cause wow.

I wish I hadn't thrown away the dumb fireman book last week now...

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Melissa said...

Very cute! I've made a few board books for my daughter using blank board books from www.barebooks.com after I failed dismally when trying to redo a dollar store book. Thanks for the tutorial :)

the mama monster said...

oh i was just thinking of trying to come up an idea to use old books the other day! Thank you for the great tutorial!

Melissa ~ A BumbleBaby Mommy said...

You're fabulous!!

Ryan said...

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Tess said...

OMG, This is absolutely precious. I loved the easy tutorial too. Thanks.

Lynette said...

I love this project! I did a couple for kids I tend, and they LOVED them. What a fabulous idea!

vanessa said...

This is such a great idea! We have several duds that I could transform into something fun! Thanks for sharing!

Foster said...

SO awesome. I've been looking for a great tutorial for board books. This one looks really fun and easy.

I'll be linking.

http://fosterandboo.blogspot.com/