This past weekend I worked on cleaning out part of the garage. Well really, just two big boxes that I had from college. I found all sorts of things (a later post). One thing in particular I was quite excited about was all the leftover mat board from my gum bichromate framing. My mind started thinking to what Camille (who simply loves to create) and I could do using these mats.
I went ahead and gave her a sheet of mat board and she painted both sides (in the morning and then in the afternoon when the one side was dry): After the entire print dried (the next day), I used a mat cutter and cut 5X5 inch squares. If you don’t have a mat cutter, I used to use a simple utility knife up against a metal ruler, to cut these straight lines. After cutting the lines I clamped the squares together and drilled 3 holes. I also pinched the pages together with my fingers close to each hole I was drilling so there was less movement. After I was done drilling, I separated the book in half as though the book was opened for reading. Using a yarn needle, I threaded yarn through each hole twice and then knotted them. Here is the books before any pictures are added: Next I printed off pictures of our family (grandparents, aunts, uncles & cousins) and double taped them in. I think I’m going to give each page a thin coat of mod podge, just to keep the pictures extra secure for little hands. This little book is for Noah & now a Christmas secret between Cami and me. Its fun to have a secret with your four year old, especially when your two year old doesn’t care what you are excitedly whispering about across the table.