Lately, Jonah has been swiping all of the Christmas cards we've been receiving and loving them to little bits. He's got a thing for photos, both of people he knows and of people he doesn't. I've been meaning to get him one of those little squashy baby photo albums, the kind where you just slide a few photos in and hope they don't get too mangled. But then I had this idea, instead.
You get the idea.
Earlier this year, Wendy's was handing out board books in their kids meal, so that's where this one came from. You could use any old board book, though. The only other thing you need is some double-stick tape and some basic photoshop skills. This is how I did it:
Make a 8.5x11 page in Photoshop, or any program that will let you do measured squares. Measure the pages of your board book, and then make a rectangle that is a quarter inch taller and wider than your pages. In the layer styles tab, click the second to the last box, the one called "1 px stroke." Bump back the opacity in the layer tab until it shows up as a light gray. This makes your template. Save this page so you can use it over and over again.
Hmm, sorry, that's all really tiny. Lemme try this...
(The steps are almost the same for the cover. Just make three separate template rectangles, two the same size as your pages and one the width of the book spine, and plunk them together with the spine in the center.)
Choose a photo and crop it to the size of your template box, minus an inch or so at the bottom for your text. Select all and copy, then pop it into your template page.
Type text at the bottom, position it where you like it, and then flatten the whole thing. Is that all clear and making sense? I never know what to assume as far as how much people know about Photoshop. Seems like everyone is using it these days.
Print on cardstock (if you don't have a color printer, Kinkos/Fedex does nice color printing--you just have to email them the files saved as PDF), cut it out, and then stick it to your board book pages with your favorite adhesive (I just used double-stick scotch tape, which worked great). Trim the spare paper down to the edges with either an exacto knife or really snippy scissors. Repeat for as many pages as you have in your board book, and you're done!