Monday, May 16, 2011

How To Make a Sticker Book

If you have kids under the age of 10 in your life, especially girls, chances are you also have a lot of stickers.  The stickers in our house are out of control - they are everywhere. Em is pretty good about not putting them where they don't belong, but we do have to watch the laundry to make sure we get all of the stickers off of our clothes or else run the risk of winding up with sticker residue.  

Over the weekend, we cleaned up her room and the paint room and I discovered how many sheets of stickers she really had.  I decided it was time to make her a sticker book.  If you've never done this before, it's super easy to do.  Not only will it give your kids a place to put their stickers, but they are reusable since the book's pages are made of wax paper!
Sticker Book Supplies:
Cardstock, construction paper or some type of heavier paper for your cover
Wax Paper
Glue stick or double-sided tape runner 
Paper trimmer or scissors
Ruler
Brads or yard
Hole punch
Step 1.  Decide the size and create your cover.
Since I have a ton of 12" x 12" scrapbook paper, I decided to go with a 6" x 6" book.  So I cut the paper in half, and then folded each half in half to make the covers a little sturdier.  Once I folded them, I used my tape runner to keep the paper folded in place.
Step 2.  Create your pages.
Considering the purpose of this book, I didn't get too fussy with trying to figure out how much wax paper I needed before I started.  I just pulled a big sheet of wax paper off, and figured if it wasn't enough I could always get more.  Once I had my big sheet, I first started by trimming each edge so that I was working with a straight edge.  Next, I grabbed my ruler and folded my first page at the 6" mark.
Step 4.  Fold the pages
I just used a simple accordian fold for the pages.  You can do whatever works for you.  I wound up with a little extra wax paper at the end of my sheet, so I just trimmed that off.
Step 5.  Trim the pages
Again - my rule here was to keep simple, so I did not cut each individual page.  Instead, I left two pages together and cut the third page off, repeating the process until I reached the end of my sheet.  I did have a couple of single pages, but once they were all bound in the book, you can't tell what's where.  Just make sure that once you have all of your pages cut, you have all of the folds on the side that will be bound.  I think I wound up with 9 pages total.
Step 6.  Assemble the cover and pages
Stack the pages the best you can - wax paper can make this a little tricky.  Align your front and back cover, and again - get all of the paper aligned the best you can.  You can trim the excess after the next step, if you want.
Step 7.  Bind the book
For this project, I just used brads.  I eyeballed the holes and punched 3 small holes.  I used brads that I had on hand, but you could also use yarn to tie the pages together, staples or binder rings...whatever works for you.
Step 8.  Trim the excess paper and decorate.
Now that your book cover and pages are secure, you can trim up the edges.  If you have an 7+ year old, they can probably do this entire project on their own and they might not want to trim - which is totally fine.  We finished our book off by adding (mommy's) stickers to the front where we spelled out, "Emily's Sticker Book."
And as soon as that was done, someone had the perfect sheet of SpongeBob stickers to christen the first page with!

5 comments:

  1. This looks awesome! I have to play with this idea.... might use paper pages too. My kids have a little book and a magnet thingy that has a scene (beach and aquarium) and the LOVE putting the stickers/magnets on them.

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  2. Cool idea! I have a birthday party to go to, and had planned to make a goody bag of some sort. This with a couple of sticker pads should be
    perfect!

    ~Another Missy! ;)

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  3. This looks like a great progect for my kid. Yesterday we cleaned out her art room and bed room and she had TONS of stickers I thought we should make a sticker book.

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  4. Awesome idea for a 10 year old who still loves stickers! (me)

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  5. i love stickers and i made like 12 of those things

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