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!
ITEMS YOU NEED:
- 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
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!