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Friday, September 25, 2009

{abc books}

This was one of my first posts, and didn't include a tutorial. After several requests, I am re-posting to include it.


The Christmas my girls were 2 years old (2008), I really wanted to make them ABC books. I absolutely love the way they turned out, but I learned some definite do's and don'ts along the way, and I'm going to share them with you!

  • 8 /12 x 11 white cardstock, 14 pieces (not textured)
  • scrapbook paper for front cover
  • 2 other coordinating colors of cardstock
  • ***no-heat lamination sheets--repositionable ones are best (Office Max, Staples, etc.)
  • double stick tape
  • ribbon

1. Gather and print your pictures. This will probably be the most time consuming part of the whole process, but it can also be really fun. Now for decision time. (This is where the major learning part came in...) Actual photos cannot be laminated with a heat laminator, which is what any print shop or store will use. So, you can either make color copies and print them on cardstock, or you can purchase the self laminating sheets and do it yourself. I would price out both, and decide which one you would rather do. I didn't realize this until I had already put my whole book together and ready to laminate, so I laminated them myself.

2. Cut the white cardstock into half, width-wise. I would suggest not using textured paper--you really want to reduce the bulk as much as possible.

3. Trim your pictures to fit the space, and mat onto one of your coordinating cardstock colors.

4. Print out your text. I wanted very plain, classic letters, so I used a basic font. You can format this however you'd like. Trim your text, then mat on the other coordinating cardstock color. *I actually alternated this pattern on every other page--on one page I would mat the picture in brown and the text in pink, then on the next page I matted the picture in pink and the text in brown. You can really use as many colors as you like--just decide ahead of time what your pattern will be. You'll also want to create

4. Now you can start putting your pages together. You should have 28 half sheets of white cardstock, but you'll use only 27--the front cover plus the 26 letters of the alphabet. Using the double stick tape, create each page with the picture and coordinating text.

5. Now you're ready for lamination! If you used color copies, you can take it to get laminated and bound. If you used actual pictures, then you will need to use the no-heat lamination sheets. If you do use those, I would high suggest using the ones that are re-positionable. They are worth the cost! If not, then you need to be extra careful about laying down the lamination in order to avoid any wrinkles or bumps.

6. I went to a large office supply store for the binding--it was around $6. There were less expensive options as well.

7. To add a little more flair, I tied ribbon on each spiral of the binding.

Ta-da! Darling ABC books that any child would love!



Blogger Lift Up Your Hearts said...

Oh, this is adorable - will you be doing a tutorial?

May 30, 2010 at 8:12 PM  
Blogger Jess Welch said...

Love this idea! Cannot wait to see how your name badge version turns out! I have got to make one for my son for Christmas now. :)

November 16, 2010 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger Jess Welch said...

Hi! I just wanted to let you know that I tried making the little quiet book version of your ABC book and made 2 of them! They turned out super cute! I couldn't find the metal binder rings so I used a keychain with the stretchy wristband. Thank you so much for your creative posts!!! Here is the link to my post:

December 17, 2010 at 2:54 PM  
Blogger Dan and LaVon said...

I love these ABC books. Just starting to make one for each of my grandchildren for thier birthdays this year. THANK YOU for such a great idea. (What happens if you laminate actual photos?)

January 28, 2011 at 12:22 PM  
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March 7, 2011 at 4:30 PM  
Blogger GramMO said...

I love these!! I have had this in my mind for sometime but here you have it in reality. My suggestion for mom's making these for their kindergarten, 1st or pre kindergarten children is to put both the capital and lowercase letter side by side. Ex:
is for

In my experience as a Kdg teacher for 34 years, the more you can expose and connect the upper and lower case letters, the better. Beautiful work!

March 9, 2011 at 7:35 PM  
Blogger Mom said...


Love your stuff - especially the ABC book. On my list to make for CHristmas gifts this year for two of my little grand-daughters. Would you suggest using the actual photos or color copies? I printed one photo and it wasn't very clear. Please help! Thanks so much, CIndy

September 11, 2011 at 8:33 PM  

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