Monday, March 19, 2012

A Busy Book Project

I don't sew. At all. I don't think it's fun, I don't think it saves me money. So I don't do it.

And that makes making a busy book hard.

I considered making laminated velcro busy books. But, I want to use my book at Church. And doesn't it seem like that would be loud?

So one day I was browsing Pinterest and found this gal who has made a magnetic busy book. Perfect solution, right? Problem is, she doesn't go into great detail about how she has done it. After experimenting a little, I realize that I'm going to have to make some adjustments. I'll share my progress if any of you are interested.

Anyway, I have started making my own pages. Seriously. Non-creative, non-artistic me has started producing original busy book pages. Aren't you impressed?!

Try to ignore the fact that I did no freehanding and just used the shape tools in Photoshop.

Still. It took me a lot of time. So I thought I would share. If anybody actually ends up using it, I can tell you how to print and use your own images and put it together.

Okay. The end.

Annoucing page #1: Family Tree.


  1. I'm absolutely going to copy it... if that's okay. I like how you fit so many people on the family tree. I've never liked the velcro in church either, so I like this alternative. Thanks for sharing your creative side. :)

  2. Ha! I hardly have a creative side. But you're welcome to use it!

  3. Very cool! You ARE creative.

  4. Oh my goodness, that is darling! Very creative, actually. Stop saying you're not. I was all excited to find my picture on there.... then realized that's not the setup. Oh well. :) I am almost done with a SEWED quiet book, not that it's better it's just that my other SIL wanted to do one together for Christmas, obviously we didn't get it done. Long story short I don't want to start over so I just need to finish this one. They're so much work. I'm proud of you for starting one. Your kids will love it 30 years later, Kelly's mom still has the one she made them growing up, it's ragged but super special, it's an antique!

  5. WOW! I LOVE your first page ... show more!!!

  6. I want a magnet quiet book for church!

  7. OH my gawsh, Elise. Seriously. You rock, times ten. I totally want to do one of these. How adorable is this?!!!

  8. let me know what you figure out. I tried it with magnets and when I folded it up (i used folders) the magnets from the opposite side pulled the others and everything fell off.

  9. what a great idea. we've done the velcro books in church and yes - magnets would be better. I would love to see more.