It won’t be long before Christmas is here again and you will be rushing around trying to find that perfect gift for a child in your life. But sometimes a perfect gift is not about the amount of money you spend on the latest gadget. Most of these things quickly become old news, where as the best gift is something you lovingly made and is more personal. So why not make a book?
Yesterday afternoon and this morning I made two such books from start to finish, including write the stories for both. Now I am going to share with you what I did.
After this past Easter 2016, we happened to be in WalMart and they had just gone to 75% off all the Easter supplies. Among them were sets of reusable stickers and there were backgrounds in the package where each could be stuck and then pulled off and stuck on again. I was not interested in those so I put them in recycling. I just wanted the stickers because they only cost 75cents a package and they were bright and colorful. This one was a mermaid theme.
The other theme I bought was about a princess and ponies except they were unicorns. I loved the colors and both themes and I put them beside my computer until I was ready to write a story for each. Life being life, I only just got around to it.
I decided to call the mermaid book ‘Home in the Sea’ because it most described the stickers.
When you open the book this is what you see. I had some 12″ scrapbook cardstock that was perfect for a sea background. Think of the stickers as tiny illustrations for your book and buy some that most describes the child you are making it for, such as a hobby or something they love. Color is very important for a child’s book.
You will note that the story part of each page is not in great length. Each part I wrote to go with the stickers I was going to use on a page.
In the stickers there was also a merman and treasure hunting things, so I wrote this next page to go with them.
There was not enough mermaid or merman stickers for every page, so one page I wrote about the fish she played with when she was swimming.
This is the final pages and I used the last page to make a point to the child reading it. Now I will give you the story.
I’d rather be swimming
Or lying in sun
I live in the ocean
All day I have fun
I swim with a turtle
And play with a whale
I climb on a seahorse
And ride on its tail
My best friend’s a merman
We swim night or day
We search for some treasure
For dress up and play
The fish love to greet me
They call me their Queen
They swim in a circle
Through plants that are green
I’m glad I’m a Mermaid
And all things I do
I hope you remember
To keep being YOU
Copyright@2016 Linda Kilpatrick
A young child cannot comprehend too much information at one time, so it is imperative you write a small amount for each page. It does not have to be poetry; it can be something about the child or about the theme you chose in reference to the child.
Now for the second book. I decided after looking at the stickers, the title should be The Unicorn Princess.
I used a very pale green cardstock for the background and this is the first page when you open the book.
The next page shares how she loves to dress up like the color of one of her Unicorns.
Once again there were only 4 princess stickers, but there was a castle. So I incorporated the story to talk about where she lived and her animal friends.
This is the next page.
On the last page I wrote something to make a point about caring for animals. Here is the story.
There is a little Princess
Who loves her Unicorns
To her they’re very special
Because they all have horns
They come in many colors
A rainbow blend of hues
She loves to dress to match them
By wearing colored shoes
Her home is very beautiful
With creatures everywhere
Frogs and owls and squirrels
She gives them loving care
Her Unicorns are special
Quite Magical indeed
Where Princess goes, they follow her
They are a loving breed
Remember, love your animals
And treat them with great care
And you will too be special
A Princess brave and fair
Copyright@2016 Linda Kilpatrick
A young child does not need a lengthy book and they are easy to please. So now I will share with you the materials I used.
For the inside pages, I used 3 sheets of 12″ x 12″ scrapbook cardstock and cut out 5 pieces, 5 ½” by 11″. Set the 6th piece aside.
You can fold each piece easily but I use a folding board which really helps to do it straight and makes it more accurate. If you don’t have one, hand fold them in half.
You now have 5 inside pages for your story.
I printed out the short story, allowing enough space between each section and then I cut it out in one strip.
This ensures each story section will be the same size.
Then I cut them apart.
My five story sections are now ready.
Next I use mounting squares on the back.
They are all ready to add to the pages.
I chose to use a different color for my book covers, but you can use the last piece you laid aside from the 3 sheets and keep it all one color. The cover piece has to be 6″ by 11 ¾”. You will make your folds at 5 ¾”, then at six inches, to leave the ¼” spine of the book.
To finish putting your book together, go to this blog to learn more. http://teapapers.com/silly-monkey-book/
I have written other blogs to share how I make my little books. This one will show you a way to make a board book.
This is a unique way to make a pop-up book http://teapapers.com/catch-a-fairy-pop-up-book/
Another pop-up book. http://teapapers.com/a-gnome-needs-a-home/
This book in a box shows you how to make a very unique story board book. http://teapapers.com/crystal-birds-story-box-gift/
You can use stickers, pictures or anything you like to make your book. http://teapapers.com/key-to-fairyland-book/
You can take any box and turn it into a book. http://teapapers.com/down-on-the-farm-box-book/