4th Week of Christmas – Baby “Facebook”

Naptime Gnome Idea #10

Water Resistant Teething Book with Sensory Ribbons

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I love making books for the kids, we’ve done songbooks, coloring books, even storybooks, and they seem to like having their own personalized reading material. This is one of my simplest concepts and it has remained a fave since last Christmas, being dragged from home to car and everywhere in between.  I just used a small laminator and printed photos of our extended family (Mommy, Daddy, and Brother, along with cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents and great grandparents), some scraps of ribbon, paper cutter (if you have one), scissors and a hole punch. If you don’t have a laminator, contact paper or even packing tape would work fairly well or you can go down to a copy and shipping store front and have it laminated before putting it together.

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I started cultivating the idea when Little Bug started showing an interest in photo albums, but I was nervous about how her own photo book would hold up, so I thought it may be better to have all the photos encased in plastic. Each page has one of her favorite people, with the name we call them on a bright background. At first I considered punching just two holes along the “spine” and tying a pretty bow across the two, but I didn’t like the idea of her having access to that much ribbon, and opted to knot it to keep little fingers from undoing my handy work. Then I realized it was a perfect opportunity to expose her to multiple textures and colors, so after a prompt raid of the ribbon, here’s what I came up with.

The best part is it’s virtually baby proof.  It’s been nibbled, and thrown in bags, leaked on, dropped, kicked, stepped on, fought over, and even survived a dip in the kiddie pool last Summer!

Quick and Dirty Run-Down:

  • Format your pages: I chose a square shape, but you could do virtually anything.  I found it easiest to format the pictures on the computer and print four on a sheet, with two sharing one edge so they can be folded along one side to create a front and back (this way they don’t walk all over when laminating), if you fold along one side, you won’t have to flip anything, but if you want your folded edge on the “top” you’ll have to flip the picture and the text upside down on one… I did this because I opted to have the text at the bottom and I didn’t want any of the colored text box to be visible along the fold.  You could do just about any size but I wanted to fit two “pages,” front and back, to each printed page, which allowed four pages (8 pictures) to fit in each laminator sleeve, saving material (laminator sleeves are a little pricey for my taste), so my pages (picture with text) are 4″x4.”
  • Once they are printed, use a paper cutter or scissors to cut your pages out how you want them to appear (if you are folding, don’t cut along the intended fold… I seem to do stuff like that on a regular basis <:’/ ).
  • Fold your pages to create a front and back.
  • Arrange on your laminator plastic, or in a laminator sleeve, with enough space on one side to allow for binding, I left an inch.
  • Run through the laminator.
  • Cut out (I like the paper cutter for this too), and round edges (with a punch or scissors) so they don’t poke little faces.
  • Punch your holes where you want them along the spine of the first page.
  • Then align your first page over the next page and punch in the same holes, repeating until all your pages have holes in exactly the same location.
  • Cut and tie your ribbon as you wish!
  • It’s a wrap, or at least it’s ready for wrap!

Other Ideas:

  • Since each page is totally encased in plastic, you could use the same idea to make bath books for older kids too!  Just remember, to keep it “waterproof” the laminant has to seal all the way around the picture, and the holes need to be spaced away from the paper.
  • If you’re in to scrapbooking (a “scrapper,” if you will <;’), you could make a little mini drool-proof scrapbook this way!

ENJOY!

-The Naptime Gnome <;’)

 

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