As part of ongoing preparations for a family vacation, I’m preparing items for a welcome bag to surprise my niece and nephew at the hotel.
As always, I browse sites wth every intention of simply buying an item, and the get it in my head that I can make one myself, which will be custom and much cooler.
The item on the list this time was character autograph books.
- Cardstock (20 letter-sized sheets)
- Cardboardsheets (non-corrugated)
- Silhouette Printable Adhesive Kraft sheets
- Binding coils
- Binding Punch
- Photo sleeves
The first step is cutting the pages into 7.5 x 5 inch pages. The idea is that a 4×6 photo sleeve will fit comfortably on the back of each page.
Cut a front and back cover measuring 7.75 x5.5 inches. This allows for a quarter inch on either side, with the exception of the side that will be coil bound.
I tried used a cardboard photobox from Michaels. This failed in typical manner, because the box was too thick to fit in the binding hole punch. Plan B was to raid mom’s craft closet, and find the cardboard that comes with larger photo prints.
Cut the cardboard cover to 7.75 x 5.5 inches
The plan is to glue plastic photo sleeves to the backs of each page, but to keep the books somewhat small and lightweight for carrying around the park, I opted to leave them out and will add them when we get home.
The next step is the artwork. After some brief searching, I found a great website called Tagxedo that will create word clouds in any shape you upload. In order to be able to have a different colour bow, I separated it in Photoshop from the rest of the head.
The result after playing around with Tagxedo and Photoshop. I ended up adding the name of each child to their word cloud as well.
The next step was to print the images on the Silhouette Adhesive Kraft Paper.