Little Board Book

Okay, this is THE coolest thing ever! Kimberly came over and used my paper crafting stuff to make hers a few months ago – and I knew I had to learn to do it! So, first I’ll show it to you, then I’ll explain what it is and how to do it!


Isn’t that the cutest thing?? A little board book!



These are just some of the inside pages. Total it is 6 coasters (so 12 pages).


Okay, how cool is that?? Don’t you want to make one now too? And it was SO easy! Here’s what I used on it and then I’ll get into the how part.


Splash Piece A Cake Album from The Shabby Shoppe

King Cook KC font by Kimberly Geswein (

6 chipboard coasters (I got mine through a group share on SCS)

Bind it All (you can also use a crop a dial and rings)


mod podge

sanding blocks

Ok, and for the how. A piece-a-cake album is made to be up to 8×8 in size (usually) and you just pop your picture in and layer the pre-done page on top of it. You can move your photo around, mess with the size, etc til it looks how you want it. Then you are done! You can add to it – journaling, etc if you want. (You can get these at other digi stores, I’ve just only bought mine at The Shabby Shoppe.)

Then you print your ‘pages’ as 4×6 prints. Some places (walgreen’s for example) have software that screws this up and resizes it. You don’t want that. You want it to print on a 4×6 but with 2 inches of white space so it is really a 4×4 pic. I did mine at Costco (make sure you get matte/lustre finish – glossy would show way too many fingerprints!). It was about $2 for the pics and they were done in an hour. I put all the pages together in one 2 hr session with Kimberly at the coffee shop a few nights ago.

When you get your prints, you trim the 2 inches of white off. So you have a stack of 4×4 pictures. Then decide what order you want them to go in. Mod podge the backs of the pics and stick them on the coasters. Trim corners and then sand the edges a bit so they look softer. When I was done with that I put them in my Bind-it-All one at a time then used a white 7/8 coil. I think that turned out to be a pretty accurate size for the 6 coasters. Tied on some ribbons and that’s it!!

Seriously, can you believe it was that easy? I am so in love with this idea! I see many of them in my future – talk about a wonderful gift for grandparents or whatever – I’m thinking Christmas gifts!! I cannot take any credit for this idea – Kimberly said she saw it somewhere else. I just loved hers!

Ok, I’m off to spend the day helping out at the Doodliedoo booth at the Great American Scrapbooking Convention in Arlington. If you happen to be there, it’s booth #919 across from Heidi Swapp. Stop by and say hi!

34 comments to Little Board Book

  • SHUT-UP!!! OMGoodness, Emily — this is SO cool! I’m SOOOO doing this — what an adorable idea! Thanks to Kimberly, too, for showing you how to do and share with us!

  • Oh my!!! FANTASTIC Emily!! It is very cool…you make it sound so simple too! Thanks for sharing how you did it. Maybe now I’ll use that Bind It All…that I just HAD to have but haven’t….lol

  • Dawn

    This is awesome! I’m heading over to check out those digi kits!
    All of your work is absolutely beautiful and inspiring! Thank you so much for sharing it!

  • Julie C.

    GET OUT!!! This is absolutely A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E!!! How far would we all be back in the dark ages if it weren’t for our sweet Kimberly? Love you both!! See you at the convention!

  • Doreen

    OMG! What a GREAT idea! I feel the inspiration for a Father’s Day gift coming on. BTW, are these pictures from Ocean City? I live on the Eastern Shore of MD. We spend a lot of time at the beach in the summer. Anyway… keep creating… your are fabulous!

  • What an awesome board book!!! And the subjects are adorable too. 😉 Wonderful!

  • I’m a hybrid scrapper and really just starting to discover cool ways to combline my digi stuff with cards and other crafts. This is (seriously) one of the cutest thigngs I’ve ever seen. Right in time for Father’s Day too! You rock.

  • Barb Hendrickson

    This is so awesome and it is all digital? I think I am going to have to start digi scrapping, seriously. This sounds like so much fun and really alot easier than “real” scrapping. How do you get started?

    barb h

  • OMG, this is fantastic, thanks for sharing your talent, love the book, the colors, design and of course your cute boys

  • Love the book…and you make it sound sooooo easy! Your boys are adorable.

  • Zoe

    GREAT book. Just love it. Your boy are so cute. Sorry I’ll miss you at the GASC this year. Had planned to go, but hubby had a heart attack, so I’m at home,

  • Bettina

    WOW! What an absolutely adorable book. I love making mini-books and using coasters is an awesome idea. We keep a bowl on the coffee table in our family room and I put the mini-books there. The kids love looking through them and friends will pick them up to admire when they come over. I love the tip about digi-scrapbooking the pages – much cleaner looking.

  • that turned out really nice Emily, what a great little keepsake!

  • Katie

    OMW! That is adorable! I can’t wait for my Bind-it-all to arrive…it’s on it’s way!!! I love the idea of digi-scrapping the pages!

  • Tex

    Good golly!! It’s just irrepressibly CUTE, Emily! I just love the coors, and the combination of digi with the board book! WOWWWWW!

  • Amazing! I am just about to try my first digi layout and I’m pretty excited. I’m trying the one you suggested on your last post. By the way, I TAGGED you on my blog! you’re it!

  • Jean

    Ummmm. I am thinking great gift for a special grandma …especially ME LOL. That is awesome and I am so amazed by your ever increasing talents. hugs, mom

  • Wow, that is SO COOL!!! Thanks so much for the step-by-step instructions, too. This is definitely going into my “try this someday soon” folder. Thanks!

  • AWESOME!!! I SO have to try digiscrapping! You’ve inspired me! 🙂

  • What a great book! I love your simple layouts and pattern combos. Very clever how you followed the circle theme on the papers with your photos.

  • Julie C.

    Oh my gosh!! I got to see this in real life at the scrapbook convention today. It is totally way cool!! Emily is the master! What a day of shopping….hope you had fun too!

  • Awesome! Gorgeous…now I need to get my butt into gear & make some! Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Emily, it’s Amazing, incredible, fantastic–I just can’t think of any good enough adjectives tonight! But seriously, I love it–it has heart!

  • Emily, this is fantastic!!!! Now I want to make one!! 🙂

  • Tamy R.

    Emily, this is unbelievable. Thanks for sharing it with us yesterday at the GASC! You did an AWESOME job! I can’t wait to get my hands into Digiscrapping and try to make one myself! Thanks for all the tips and hints yesterday! I enjoyed visiting with you!

  • OOOOH HOW SWEET is that book!!!!!! WOW..fab. idea, it looks wonderful!! 🙂

  • oh! Get outta town! this is so cute! You have just given me the idea that I desperately needed for father’s day gifts. you and Kimberley are brilliant

  • Your three boys are sooooo cute! My children are all grown on out on their own and I miss them being small. I know you hear this alot and its always from the old (because we know) enjoy them when they are tiny, they are only your children such a short time, then they are someones husband and father. Yours are adorable!

  • Penny H

    This is awesome! I want to try one of these, but I’m not sure about how to do it. First, I don’t know much about computers, so I have no idea if I could figure it out. I’ve never seen something like this done. Only what I see on the computer. Is it easy? I’m dying to try it. I checked out the web site and I’m hesitating on whether I should order one of the piece of cake kits. I really really want to. Help! Should I give it a try? Thanks!

  • Linda (LSN on SCS)

    This is such a cool idea Emily! I so want to get into digi-scrapping bu t have no clue how to even get started. I’m assuming that I would need some good photo-editing softward. I so want to try to make one of these. Thanks for the directions. I’ll be saving them for sure.


  • I luv the album kewl colours and the ribbons added a great tocuh.

  • Emily, I LOVE this and have just tried it. Can I ask what paper you used? Did you print on photo paper to get such good resolution?


  • This coaster book is totally adorable!!!

  • […] was done just like the last board book I made – you can see some instructions on that <here>.  Basically, I use the quick pages, paste them on to a 4×6 blank page in PSE 5 (so that I […]

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