This year, I decided I would go back through my year's worth of Facebook status updates as a way to remember all the funny stuff my kids said and turn it into a little book. It's the perfect last minute gift idea for daddy...or if you're a dad, mommy...or grammy or pops or whoever! I can just see my husband now flipping through it while sitting at his office....those little nuggets of kid wisdom melting the frustrations and stress of work away.
I know I say this about every project, but this one was really easy to do. I worked in Powerpoint because, well, that's just what I do.
I started by dividing a slide into four equal sections with one vertical and one horizontal line. I used the lines as a guide for my pages. Each of the rectangles is one page. The vertical line is the center fold line and the horizontal line is where I cut the two pages in half. TIP: To add more slides, DUPLICATE the first slide so the lines are in the exact same spot.
Now just go through and type in the funny quotes and/or pictures of your kids....
Print half of the slides on card stock (or regular paper, although you may be able to see through the pages if you don't use card stock). Once they are printed, load the pages back into your printer so they're oriented in a way that when you print the other half of the slides, they will print on the backs.
Print the second half of the slides.
Cut your pages apart...ONLY cutting on the horizontal line. I bet you can tell why that picture my daughter drew is included in our 2013 funny stuff book, eh?
Take half the stack of pages and sew - like with an actual sewing machine - down that center line to bind the pages together. I used a pretty large (#3) straight stitch. Repeat with the other half of the pages.
And here's what it looks like after it's bound.
The cover design should be in one of the right boxes so that when you fold it, the fold is on the left. Print out the cover.
Now stack the cover piece and the two previously-bound sections of pages together. Sew them all together to bind the whole book together. Fold down the center binding and you're done!
I told you it was super easy and what a great way to preserve all those funny things your kids say.
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