With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I begin to think about and focus on what is really important in my life, in my heart, to me. The answer is always the same, my family is the reason I am. Every and any opportunity I have to share that with everyone, I take it! This week’s craft was inspired by Broken Treasures, with slight variations…

This is the first “art journal” of sorts that I’ve created ever and as I began creating the book according to the instructions, I ran into some major challenges!




  • Old Children’s Board Book
  • May HipKit (I recently subscribed to a monthly HipKit program, $25 a month, you receive a complete kit that includes scrapbook paper, cardstock, embellishments in a theme)
  • Mod Podge
  • Sanding Block
  • Scissors
  • x-acto knife
  • Tape Adhesive
  • Additional Embellishments not pictured
  • Photos (optional


Steps Simplified

Sand each page of the board book, including cover and spine and wipe down. Once you’ve selected which paper you will use, trace the book on the paper (flattened out or individual pages) and cut it out. Using mod podge paint each page and smooth on the scrapbook paper on to create your designed “pages”. Once everything is dry, add embellishments.


Things to consider 

If you book is really old, it may fall apart, so you’ll want to consider reinforcements. I removed the original spine binding and added my own secure binding using scrapbook paper and packaging tape.

You can create a journal/album of sorts, your only limited by your imagination. I created a mini-board book, but plan on making a larger one for journaling, however this one is much like a brag book!

Make your mistakes work for you. My spines snapped, every page that I tried to create as Broken Treasures did, snapped in half (hey, I’m learning), so I went with the vintage look for the entire book.

My pages were slightly larger than the book (I don’t know why), but I used my x-acto knife to cut off the excess and then sanded it down and that really worked for me!

I do not lie, I am an ADD crafter, because of this, my book is “larger than life”, but I fell in love with the idea without any true vision as to what I’d use the book for, and then it came to me, it became my brag book, but a work of art and I didn’t stop until I was completely satisfied with the end result… (and yes, I’m still adding things and changing things)…

What you will see here as I share my photos is a complete book but without any personalized text, I want to make it count!



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Back Cover

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May 9, 2013

Re-purposed Children’s Board Book #TBCcrafters

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  1. Jamie

    May 9th, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    How adorable – what a great re-use!!! Pinned & Tweeted!!

  2. Ellen Christian

    May 9th, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    What a great idea. This would be perfect for Mother’s Day.

  3. Dawn

    May 16th, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Love it!