you are my i love you…by sarah little 4

i have read this book so many times…

to my kids, to my pre-kindergarten class…

children need to know they are loved, and this book gives so many wonderful examples of personalities, quirks and traits that parents love about their children.

each time i read it I knew that i had to make a scrapbook project based on this book. our challenge this week to create something based on a book pushed me to get it started.

i created a microsoft word document with the words from the book. there are two quotes to a page in two columns, and can easily be printed and cut in half vertically and/or horizontally to create the pages of the book. be sure to print a test page and adjust the wording once you choose what font you want.

(my book came out to be 4 ¼ x 4 ¾ because I didn’t print a test page. i’m making the mistakes so you don’t have too  : }  )

i wanted a gated album, so i used a piece of chipboard for the back and punched holes on either sides of the quote pages. i used my “cinch” binding tool from We R Memory Keepers to punch the holes and add the wire binding.)

then came the fun task of decorating it. this was a perfect project to use the wide array of Tombow adhesives available. I used Tombow MONO Multi to add pattern paper to the back cover, and Tombow MONO Adhesive Clear to add the “S” and “C” to the Hambly Screen Print/Transparency front cover. I used Tombow Power Bond to add the pictures and Tombow MONO Aqua for the embellishments. i used the strongest stuff, as i anticipate these albums will be looked at a lot. (Paper is from October Afternoon’s “Cherry Hill” and “Fly A Kite” collections)

here is the front cover before i put it together. i used the Dual Brush Pen to ink the edges of the letters, then attached them to the back side of the transparency.
a trick to using the MONO Adhesive Clear is to keep the application of the adhesive smooth. i use a surface i know i can rub the adhesive off of…and i’ll run the adhesive off the edge of the paper. that way it stays smooth and virtually invisible when it is used on the transparency.

i also like to do that when i have a tiny piece to add. take a look at this cherry stem. used the permanent adhesive runner on it and purposefully went off the edge. then i have full coverage and i’m not worried about the shape not sticking.

here are some of the other pages from the album.


did I mention i got a little ambitious and made one for each of my kids, that way it is personal and they don’t fight over it. i divided up the quotes from the story, about half for each book. however I made sure that when the quotes were divided i kept the rhyming ones together (it will make more sense when you read through the quotes listed on the microsoft word document). i also made sure the first two and the last two quotes appeared in each book.

i managed to use lots of my favorite “random” pictures from the last few months.

what book has moved you to create a project about it? let us know! we’d love to see your work!


if you read through to the end…. your reward is the word document (i hope…fingers crossed it links! email me at dolizah at hotmail dot com with “you are my i love you” in the subject line and i’ll send you the document).

you are my i love you

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