How I Made Books for My Daughter
For my daughter’s 2nd birthday I wanted to make her a gift, a gift I knew she would use and love. I knew she loved to read and she also loved Strawberry Shortcake so I combined the two. I decided to make her Strawberry Shortcake books.
I looked through Strawberry Shortcake books online and found them, and they had specific stories from the series geared for older reading levels. I wanted books that were more general and geared more to my 2 year old’s level, so I decided to make my own. I got just what I wanted for my daughter and the joy of making something that she loves reading over and over again.
First I bought a Strawberry Shortcake coloring book from the Dollar Tree. Actually I bought about 3 or 4 coloring books… Hey, they were only $1.00!!
Then I went to Michael’s and got the 96 pack of Crayola Crayons for 50% off!! I wanted the option of having lots of colors at my disposal when I was creating these books.
I took a trip to Hobby Lobby when their cardstock paper went to 50% off and got a big multicolored pack of paper for around $5.00. I also used a coupon and got 40% off page protectors because I wanted these books to last for more than a week. I looked into laminating but page protectors are better economically.
I colored and colored and colored Strawberry Shortcake, friends and dogs!!! It took a while because I wanted to do several different themed books. The coloring process was long, but therapeutic. After I colored a page, I put a blank piece of paper over the work so the ink and crayon wouldn’t transfer to another page.
When the coloring process was done I cut along the edges where I tore the pages from the coloring book with shaped edged scissors. Then I glued the colored pages to the cardstock paper, two coloring pages to one piece of cardstock (double sided) and put them in the page protectors. After that I simply put the pages into three ringed folders and voila I had made books. I made 6 books for around $20 and my daughter loved them!!! In fact as I’m writing this she is carrying the Strawberry Shortcake books to me wanting to read them. 🙂
I had 6 different themes to my books. There was the princess book:
There was a music theme:
There was a general theme that centered around each girl’s specific talent:
There was a country theme:
There was a dance theme:
And a dog theme:
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