Mini Quiet Books

Ever since I used name badges to make mini photo books, I’ve been in love with all their possibilities.

This week I made darling little quiet books for my one year olds, and really love how they turned out. The size is perfect for their little hands, and the plastic protects the pages from chewing and spills. They are easily tucked in to a diaper bag or purse, taking up hardly any room at all.

They’re simple to make…here’s how:

Mini Quiet Books

ITEMS YOU NEED:

  • plastic name badges (12 pack for $2.44 at Walmart)
  • silver book rings (16 pack for around $3 at Staples)
  • scrapbook paper
  • cardstock
  • ribbon
  • double stick tape
  • distress ink
DIRECTIONS:

1. I opened up a new Word document, then inserted all my desired pictures and re-sized them. The name badges were 2.55×3.35, so I tried to get them as close to that as possible, while maintaining the proportions.

2. I printed the document out on a light cardstock. After cutting them out, I matted them on some cardstock that I cut to fit the name badge exactly. This made up for the pictures not being exactly the same size, offering some uniformity, and filling each name badge completely.

3. When all the pictures were matted, I slid them into the name badges.

4. I created my desired text in another Word document (font Gentle Redhead), printed it, cut it out, distressed the edges, matted it on cardstock, then again on to my scrapbook paper. Once I placed it in the top name badge, I slid each of them on to the book ring, and finished it off with the ribbon.





I just love the look of this! For Christmas, I’m making the babies ABC/number books using these name badges, and I’m excited to see how they’ll look. Other ideas?

  • a great place to keep color and fabric swatches! When we were building out house, I kept all my swatches and color samples on book rings, but after being carried around in my purse forever, they were worse for the wear. I wish I had just tucked them inside the name badges–
  • themed mini-scrapbooks (vacation, holiday, etc.)
  • baby’s first year scrapbook
  • baby’s first words book
  • birthday calendar
  • YW values book


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30 Comments

  1. Kierste…these are too cute!! Perfect stocking stuffers :) Thanks for sharing! BTW…I featured them here:

    http://thecreativecrate.blogspot.com/2010/10/mini-quiet-books.html

    Thanks again! :)

  2. What a wonderful idea! I love your blog & all of your awesome ideas! Would you be interested in doing a blogswap with me sometime? I would love to feature on of your projects! Let me know what you think!
    http://craftycierra.blogspot.com/

  3. Love this idea, but I am going to use the badge holders for all the wallet size pictures of not only my children but my friends children…and maybe make one for Grandma so she has all her grandkids pictures in one place…thank you so much for the idea

  4. What a great idea. I'm new to your blog and I love it! Will you tell me how you distressed the edges of this project? I don't think you used a drummel :) Thanks. alysawhitlock@yahoo.com

  5. This is a great idea! I may use it for my daughter's flash cards for school. Having them all connected and in something cute might make practicing more appealing. Thanks!!

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