Document Your Children With a Memory Book

Find out how to craft a personalized memory book.

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Gwen Taylor of Mesa, Ariz., was walking through a crafting store with her children and overheard two women talking about the memory books they make for their children. The conversation caught her attention, so she thought she would give it a try. Now she has made hundreds of books for her children and friends.

Materials and Tools:

3 sheets of 6 x 9.75" text paper
awl or needles
decorative fiber
2 pieces of chipboard
card stock
patterned paper
clear glue
Japanese screw punch
2 large wooden beads
wooden dowel
acrylic paint
rubber mallet
various beads and charms
paper cutter

Steps for making the signatures:

  1. Nestle the text paper together and fold in half.

  2. Use an awl or needle to make holes in the folded edge an inch from each end.

  3. Sew a length of fiber through the holes, leaving the fiber tails on the outside.

  4. Make four signatures and set aside.

Steps for making the covers:

  1. Cut two pieces of chipboard to 5 x 6 inches.

  2. Trim patterned paper to an inch larger than chipboard on all sides.

  3. Place chipboard to the center, score along all four edges, then cut each corner at an angle. Leave enough room to cover the edges.

  4. Use adhesive around the edges and fold down.

  5. Cover the exposed inside covers with card stock.

Here's how to put it all together:

  1. Using a Japanese screw punch (or regular hole punch) to put holes in front. Be sure it covers an inch from the top and bottom and at least a half-inch from the spine.

  2. Thread a few fibers through the holes with a slipknot.

  3. Place four signatures between the covers and then gather all the fibers together on one end. Twist together and feed through one of the large wooden bead. Do the same on the other end.

  4. Paint a wooden dowel and let dry.

  5. After painting the wooden dowel, divide the fibers and place the dowel on top.

  6. Tie fibers in a square knot over the dowel.

  7. Secure fibers to the dowel with a drop of clear glue.

  8. To embellish the cover, hit a bottle cap (with no copyrighted logo) with a rubber mallet to flatten.

  9. Paint with acrylic paint.

  10. Attach to cover and then add any other embellishments to cover.

  11. Affix beads and charms to the cover and side fibers.

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