Free Photo book Revamped

Hi everybody so sorry that has been a while since I have been crafty.  There has been so much going on, but I have my list of things that I want to post so I should be around a lot more.  I know you are excited!!!!

So I got this free photo book from CVS and I wanted to give it to my Mother-In-Law for her birthday and well it wasn’t what I thought it was going to be so here is how I fixed it.

Here is the free book

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It looks nice and then I opened it up and this is what I found.

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IMG_8243The pages were stapled together and just slipped into the cover.  There was a 5×7 option of the book, probably should have went that route, but then I probably wouldn’t have a blog post, so it’s a win win.

So, knowing that I had to fix the book to make it more to my standards I took it apart.

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I cut 5×7 mats out of white cardstock.  You can use any color you want, but I have an obscene amount of white cardstock that I need to use.  If any readers have some thoughts on what I can do with white cardstock please leave me some comments.

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I ❤ my rotary trimmer!!!!

So after I had all of the mats cut, 10 pages worth.  I taped the pictures to the mats.  I had to keep it single sided.  If you look carefully at the picture below you will see there is more black spacing on the left so I couldn’t do double sided without it looking even more silly.

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The velum cover that was stapled to the pictures I taped directly to the book cover for the window.

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I assembled the book and to bind it I used binder clips

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Yes I know black probably would have been more professional, but I love fun colored supplies and this is all I had so that is what I used.

The probably I now faced was that the book didn’t shut nice with the prongs of the binder clips.  So easy fix.  I took them off.  It’s not like my Mother-In-Law is ever going to unbind the book.  Geeze at least I hope not.

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Now the book laid really flat and nice, and it felt more like a book.

The gift was a success and my Mother-In-Law is still talking about it weeks later.  However it could be because her grandson drew her a picture that is in the back of the book.  So what if it’s just a page of scribbles.

Hope you liked this crafty idea and revamp. Stay tuned for more!

Happy Friday everybody!!

-Stef

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