For Justin’s birthday in September I organised a home made surprise for Justin – most of you probably saw the blog post about the room filled with almost 100 balloons, each carrying a special new place, new experience, or a birthday wish. If you didn’t catch that blog post, you can see it here.
Even though it was a great surprise, at some time or another, the balloons had to be taken down. We collected all the pictures and messages, and I saved them for Justin. I knew that he would want to keep them so I made him a little book using book-rings.
This is how I did it…
There were tons of photographs, birthday wishes, and some birthday cards that came in the mail. My wonderful mother and father-in-law took all the balloons down while I was out running. Sue probably had fun popping all the balloons!
Assorted-size book rings.
Each photograph was glued to a white piece of paper, and they were a little bent so I cut them all neatly, and roughly the same size (some smaller). I then punched each piece…
and attached them all to the rings.
I had to use the biggest book rings to hold everything together.
**A snack to keep me fuelled **
I wrote a short letter explaining the book (and the balloon surprise) and put that at the front of the book. I will also add a picture of the balloons soon.
The card that I made Justin was quite large, So I cut it up and used pieces of it to make a “first page” for the book. I rewrote what the card had said. I used the original card as the cover of the book because it was made of a thicker cardboard.
The birthday tags were a little more challenging because they were small and already punched.
I decided to tape them together, so there are two or three messages in one place.
The cards that came in the mail where much larger than the photographs, but I didn’t want to throw them away. I trimmed them down to fit the book but made sure all the original writing outside and inside could still be seen. They make a great firm backing to the book because they are thick.
Justin LOVED it!!!
The final product
This is a great thing to do with birthday cards, Christmas cards, or even old love letters.
Justin LOVED it!!!
(And I really enjoyed making it!)