For this project I used:
|1) a stack of baby pictures: birth announcements, invitations, pictures|
|2) 5 pieces of illustration board, cut into 6" x 6" squares.|
|3) 10 pieces of felt in different colors cut into approximately 7" x 7.5"|
|The felt has to be bigger than your cardboard for seam allowance and one side need to have a wider allowance.|
5) sewing machine
7) different pieces of trim/items you can use to decorate the pages.
The first step is to arrange the felt squares into how I wanted the colors arranged from cover page to the back page. Step 2... decorate each page.It's like scrap booking (which I'm not very good at). Here's the thing... the first few pages I made were nice... I had several ideas. But for the last pages.. I kinda ran out of ideas so I just glued the pictures and glued a few items... I will probably add more to those pages when I find time. Make sure to put a wider allowance on one side... this is where each page will be glued to the other pages.
After each page is decorated... put 2 pieces of felt squares together and sew 3 sides together. Slip the cardboard on the open side and then sew shut. You should have 5 pieces of cardboard pages covered in felt. Using the glue gun, attach each page to each where the allowance is wider. Since some of the stuff I glued on some pages were bulky... I had to insert a thin strip of cardboard between each page.
Here's my finished book:
|The cover :)|
|Page 1 and 2|
On Page 2: A picture of Andrea with a felt flower which resembles the flower print on the blanket on the photo.
|Page 3 and 4|
On Page 4: A picture from cousin Skylar's birth announcement, decorated with felt hearts.
|Page 5 and 6|
On Page 6, a picture of cousin Rizal from his birth announcement card, decorated with polka dots which match part of the color scheme of the card.
|Page 7 and 8|
On Page 8, 2 pockets sewn onto the felt each pocket contains a picture of Andrea as a little baby attached to cardboard and secured with ribbons glued to the inside of the pocket(so she can't pull them out), a felt caterpillar with plastic eyes, and a felt flower.
|Here's a closer look at the photo inside the pocket... she was so small then! Only a few days old|
Andrea loves playing with her new book and the pictures will last a little longer since they won't get wrinkled every time she grabs them.