A Board Book tutorial!

Okay, I am not quite sure how this happened, but I am two months behind cross-posting my CropChocolate tutorials here at Scrappy Canuck Studios.  While you can always find them over on The Crop, I like to have them here as well for all my crafty friends who don’t make it over to CropChocolate.  So, it is time to get the rear in gear and get them posted for you (before the May project is posted and I am three months behind).

First up – A Board Book Tutorial

A top view of the completed book - binding and all!

When Amber posted this month’s challenge, I knew exactly what I wanted to create.  With the Christmas season behind us, and many empty boxes to show for it, I thought it would be great to put all that fantastic chipboard to good use and create a board book for my girls.  I headed straight to Pinterest to check out the board book tutorial I had pinned back in the fall, but was shocked to see that the website that once held the tutorial was now lost in cyberspace somewhere. So, out came the trusty ruler, paper and glue, and after three attempts, here’s what I have to share with you!

Materials:

  • Approximately 7 sheets of chipboard cut from old boxes (5 ½” X 5 ½”) – This will depend on the number of pages you would like for your book.  I wanted a total of 5 pages on the inside, so I cut 7 squares for the pages and the cover (front and back)
  • 1 piece of chipboard cut at ½” X 5 ½” (this will be the spine of your book)
  • 10 pieces of plain coloured cardstock cut to 5 ½” X 5 ½” (to cover each page)
  • 4 pieces of patterned paper cut to 3”X 5 ½” – I used my favourite MME collection Fine and Dandy for all patterned paper.
  • 1 piece of patterned paper cut to 12” X 6”
  • 2 pieces of patterned paper cut to 5 ½” X 7”
  • Liquid adhesive (such as Modge Podge)
  • Brush to apply adhesive
  • Optional – Distress Inks (BrokenChina, Peeled Paint, Worn Lipstick)

Instructions:

  1. Cut paper and chipboard to the listed specifications.

To create the pages:

2.  Start by taking your 10 sheets of plain cardstock and apply them onto 5 pieces of cut chipboard – front and back.  Be generous when applying the adhesive, and place under a heavy book to dry flat.  I also added a bit of extra adhesive to the edges of each finished page to ensure that the little finger that will soon love the pages will not be able to peel off the paper from the chipboard.

3.  Take the four pieces of 3”X 5 ½” patterned paper and score them at the 1 ½” mark.  Fold in half.

Steps 4 and 5 - Connecting your pages together

4.  Apply adhesive to the wrong side of one of the four pieces and glue to the inside edge of one of your pages- being careful to line up the fold with the inside edge of your page.  These four pieces of paper will be what binds one page to the next.

5. Once you are confident with the placement of the paper, apply adhesive to the second side of the folded paper and glue this to the next page of your book.  You should now have two pages that are attached to each other on the inside edge.

6. Repeat with the remaining 3 pieces of 3”X 5 ½” patterned cardstock and the 3 pages.

7. Lay everything under a heavy book to dry. The inside pages of your book are now complete.

 To create the cover:

1.  Lay out your piece of 12” X 6” paper with the wrong side facing up.

2. Place your last two pieces of 5 ½” X 5 ½” chipboard on top, evenly spacing with the chipboard spine in between.  Each of your chipboard squares should be lined up with the left and right edge of your paper

Steps 2 and 3 - Creating the cover

3. Before gluing down, fold over your completed pages to make sure the cover is a good fit. Depending on the thickness of your chipboard pages and the number of pages you use, you may need to modify the width of the spine.  This is the time to do it!

4.  Glue all three pieces down onto the patterned paper.

5.  Fold down and glue the top and bottom edges of the paper over the chipboard.

To attach the cover to the pages:

1.  Take a both pieces of your 5 ½” X 7” and score 1 ½” from one edge (on the long side).  Fold.

Step 2 - Connecting the cover to your first page.

2.  Using your liquid adhesive, glue the 5 ½” x 5 ½” square that was created by the fold into the inside cover – there will be a 1 ½” flap not attached to anything.
3.  Take the loose flap and apply adhesive.  Careful line up this flap with the first completed page.  The first page should now be attached to your cover.
4.  Repeat with the final piece of paper and the last page of your book.

Your board book is now ready to decorate and embellish with a story, photos, letters, numbers – whatever you would like to share with the little people in your lives!

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