Monday, May 13, 2013

Update on Assembling Children's Board Book

In early April I posted a process for creating a Board Book for my granddaughter.  I am happy to report that she is quite pleased with her book and loves seeing her own toys and other familiar items in a book. She is enjoying it so much that we decided to add more pages.

Today was 'book construction' day and things went much more quickly and smoothly this second time - the biggest issue was that it took me a bit to remember where I had stored the roll of laminate. :)

I had said in my last post that I used some Illustration Board for the pages last time. Since I had already cut into the board cut some 8 1/2" x 11" sheets previously, this time I was able to manouevre the board so I could use a paper cutter. That was incredibly easier than cutting with a scissor. If you have access to some cardboard 8 1/2" x 11" sheets that you could use for backing for the pages, you could really do yourself a favor!

8 1/2 x 11 Post-It sheets attached to backing and ready for laminating

Secondly, I mentioned that I discovered cutting the laminate larger than the pages and trimming it after made it easier to work with. I want to underscore that. This time I allowed about an extra 1/4" to 1/2" and that gave me plenty of leeway for error as I mounted the laminate.

Finally, I came up with a technique for mounting both the large post-it notes and the laminate on the 8 1/2" x 11" pages. Basically allign a corner of the sheet on one side of the page and then peel off the backing on the catty-corner of the sheet  and fold it back. Set down the sheet and affix that corner to the page and then simply peel back the rest of the backing of the post-it note or laminate.

Happy to report that I was done with the project very quickly and now have more pages for our granddaughter's book to go in the mail to her. (The holes to add them to the rings will have to be done out west so they match up with the existing pages. )

Finished pages ready for mailing.

1 comment:

  1. What a good idea! I'm sure she loves it, and that her parents appreciate your making such a personalized book.