Turn Baby's Board Books Into Mini Scrapbooks

How to Make Something Old Into Something Special

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Reading to your baby is a great way to spend quality time together, but hearing the same stories night after night can become a bit tiresome. If you've read through your collection of board books ad nauseam, give them a second life by turning them into mini scrapbook albums. Their sturdy construction makes board books the perfect medium for this decoupage DIY project.

Once you've made one scrapbook, you'll likely find all sorts of clever uses for old board books.

They make great gifts for friends and family. Don't be afraid to experiment to see what creative scrapbooks you can come up with. Transforming your board books into something special is fun and easy.

Scrapbook Ideas:

When turning your board book into a mini scrapbook, be conscious of the number of pages you have to work with. Most board books have 10 pages at the most, so it may be helpful to follow a specific theme. Scrapbook album ideas include:

  • Our family vacation
  • Baby's first Christmas
  • Baby's first birthday
  • Baby and siblings
  • Baby and grandparents
  • Baby and parents

Alternatively you could create an educational board book. Topics include:

How to Make a Mini Scrapbook:

Board book scrapbooks are relatively easy to make. You can typically make one in an hour or less, although you'll need to account for dry time before you can show off your creation.


  • Board book
  • Photos
  • Patterned scrapbook paper
  • Glue stick or tape
  • Mod Podge or white school glue
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Scrapbooking stickers and decorations
  • Craft paint (optional)
  • Paper trimmer (optional)
  • Scrapbooking punches (optional)


  1. Measure the pages of the board book with a ruler. You'll want to cut your patterned paper to be about 1/4 inch less than this measurement. If the design on your book doesn't to the very edge of the page, you can cover up the empty space with a bit of craft paint.
  1. Trace the pages on scrapbooking paper with a pencil and cut the shapes. You could use a paper trimmer to ensure straight cuts. If the board book has rounded corners, use a scrapbooking corner punch to get the perfect cut.
  2. Adhere the patterned scrapbooking paper to each page of the board book using a glue stick or tape. Press firmly to make sure there are no air bubbles.
  3. Add photos. Since board books tend to be relatively small in size, there is probably room for just one or two pictures per page. Use software like Adobe Photoshop Elements to resize images or use a scrapbooking punch.
  4. Jot down a few notes using your own handwriting, letter stickers, alphabet stamps or rub-on letters.
  5. Decorate with stickers or other embellishments as desired. One or two accents per page is probably sufficient to add visual interest and reinforce the theme of your board book scrapbook.
  6. Seal your work by coating each page with a thin layer of Mod Podge or white school glue and let dry.

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