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Make a Brag Book for the Grandparent's in Your Life

Posted on 8th May 2018

Mother's day is a few short weeks away!  I like to make a homemade gift every year with items reflecting the kids from the past year.  I know the Great Grandmother's treasure items like this the most since they already own everything they could ever need.

This year's gift is going to be mini brag books for them to keep in their purses.  I used wood boards as the covers so it can withstand the abuse we all know happens inside of a woman's purse.

The Supplies:

First things first, you have to go through all those pictures you took on your phone and pick out the ones you want to use for this project.  This might take awhile if you're like me and have tons to go through.

Once you have them figured out, open the cut file I linked above and scale the photos to fit inside of the pages.  I stretched the square design to be rectangles instead.

I also wanted it to be bigger than the original little book so I needed more tabs, simply just delete the non-tab style and replicate the tabbed one instead for any additional pages.



Move your images to the design page space and add the registration marks so you can print them out.



Send it to print and then cut it out with your cutting machine.



A trick for pulling the cardstock off the cutting mat without it tearing or curling up is to set it paper side down on the table and pull the mat away instead.



Now you're ready to start assembling the books.  I cut my wood down using a miter saw but with this thin wood a handsaw would work just fine too.


Use the tape runner to attach the cards together.  I found by slightly offsetting them down about 1/16" helps actually keep the pages straighter once it's folded up.



I love the accordion look just laid out on the table like this, so much cuteness in one spot!



Every book needs a title right?!?  We call our grandma's Gaga, something my oldest came up with once he began talking.

I'm using the Amastery Font duo for this project from the Best Sellers Bundle Vol. V.  I love using duo's like this, makes pairing fonts quick and easy!



A trick to not needing to weld the script font together is selecting to "cut edge" when you are ready to send it to be cut.



After you cut the vinyl, weed it, and apply the transfer tape.  Attach the vinyl to the wood board and use the application tool to get a firm grip.



Instead of using a rubber band or hair tie to hold the book together (which you can totally do by the way) I chose to buy some elastic cording and make my own ties.  Simply cut a piece of cord and tie the ends in a knot.



Finally, attach the wood pieces to the back and front with the tape runner and bind it together with the bands.





That's it!  You're ready to wrap this up and give it to some very lucky grandma's on Mother's day (or any day!!).  They will be showing off those beautiful grandbabies to everyone they meet, no smartphones required.

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