Create a Book Blog Hop – Read Across America Day

Mentioned in the Nov. 1st, 2011 Cricut Chirp

My book, “Find It! :The Grocery Store edition”

To celebrate Read Across America Day today, I’ve made a book for my cutie pie nephew.  The theory behind this book is that he can take it to the grocery store and while his Mom is shopping he can point out things from his book that he sees in the store!  I’ve also put the names of the items he is searching for on each page.  Hopefully, he’ll learn to associate those words with the items and will learn to identify/read those words.  YAY!

I used my Sizzix Big Shot along with the Sizzix Bigz XL Heart Pop Up Die to cut hearts out of paper, very thick chip board and acrylic.  The coolest thing about this is that I made use of the heart part of this die that is on one end only.  YAY!  Remember to think about the various ways you can use your tools.

It’s true that you can cut chipboard using your Cricut, but typically that chipboard has to be relatively thin.  I’ve had best results using cereal boxes with the Cricut.  They cut out GREAT.

I used my Cricut Imagine and the Snapshot Everyday cartridge to create those pictures.  I cut them out in scalloped circle shapes with my Imagine because I was originally going to use them for something else.  I decided they’d be great in this book!  So, I cut them all down using the very same Sizzix die I talked about above.  Then I taped them to each piece of cardstock using a Xyron tape runner and my ATG (when I ran out of Xyron tape).

I used my Gypsy and the Sesame Street Font cartridge to create these words.  I cut them out in vinyl to save me time.  How does that save time?  Vinyl has an adhesive back, so all I had to do was peel it up using transfer tape (my preferred method) and stick it to the pages that I had already laminated.

Want to know all about using vinyl in your Cricut? Check out my Cricut Vinylology DVD!

I layered vinyl for the cover.  It’s easy!  That’s also something I cover in my Cricut Vinylology DVD. I really love that Sesame Street font.  It’s easy to identify each letter.  That’s so important for a young reader.  My little nephew is not quite four, so I have to keep these things in mind for him.

I used my YourStory to laminate all of the pages inside this book.  I buy the Universal Clear Laminating Pouches in a box of 100 for around $10 from Amazon.  They work GREAT in my Your Story!!  Plus, I have so many that I don’t mind making a mistake OR laminating everything I come in contact with, LOL!  For the book back and cover, I cut a clear acetate heart that I didn’t glue down.

Here’s a Bingo game I made with my Your Story.

Here’s a video about How to Laminate using the Your Story.

I used my Crop A Dile Big Bite to punch a hole through the acetate, thick chipboard and the laminated paper.  The Crop A Dile is sooo useful!  Last night when I was working on this book, DH came into the craft cave. (Super Joy’s Fortress of Solitude – I’m sure Superman doesn’t mind me stealing that name.) Anyway, DH needed me to bind a super thick geek report for him.  I was too busy to use my Cinch or Bind it All and he didn’t need that much binding anyway, so Crop A Dile Big Bite to the rescue!!  I LOVE that thing.

Here’s a video about how to use the Crop A Dile and the Crop A Dile Big Bite.

Mmmm…Cookies… Peanut Butter cookies are my favorite.

Ahhh…chocolate…  Shoot!  I forgot to take a photo of the flowers page.  Well, it was pretty. πŸ˜‰

Alrighty!  That’s it!  I hope you enjoyed my book. πŸ™‚

Let’s do a GIVE AWAY!!  Leave a comment and I will use Random.org to choose one winner on March 7, 2011 to win a $10 Amazon.comgift card. I chose that gift in honor of Read Across America Day, but you don’t have to buy a book.  You can buy just about anything at Amazon! πŸ™‚


sewblue50 Says:
March 2nd, 2011 at 3:38 PM e

Hey Joy, what a great idea for your nephew to have in the grocery store. I know it was a lot of work. But the book is adorable!!  i love Amazon!

Time for you to get hoppin!  Go check out these wonderful crafters next!

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Amanda – http://amandascraftsandmore.blogspot.com
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Suzanne – http://cricutcraftingrammy.blogspot.com/
Sandra – http://365daysofcricut.blogspot.com/
Becky – http://www.cricutinmyclassroom.blogspot.com/
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Have a Hoppy Day!!  Hope to See you here tomorrow for Design Team Thursday!


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  1. Fantastic idea! This is great for any young child and will put your nephew steps ahead of the others when he starts school.

  2. Amazing project…perfect for shopping with my 3 BOYS!! LOL….TFS, will defiantly be paper lifting this one;0)

    Did you laminate the pictures or are they cut out on photo paper…LOVE IT…TFS again;0)

    Sheri G

    1. Hey Sglup/Sheri G,
      I laminated each page using my Your Story. πŸ™‚

  3. My k/1st grade special education class would love your book as much as I do. It is colorful and absolutely breathtaking – I really loved it.
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  4. What a clever idea! I am going to have to make this for my new grandchild. It is my first πŸ™‚ Can you tell I am excited? Cute idea though. Love your site!

  5. Great idea Joy!!! TFS

  6. CathyinMN says:

    Joy, I love your book! If my son were younger, I’d be scraplifting this idea. You did an amazing job on it. TFS!

  7. very cute book and I love all the bright colors in it! TFS!

  8. I have been saving cereal boxes. That’s a great idea for my Granddaughter.

  9. What a clever idea!

  10. oh I love this idea JOY! I am going to do a book like this with colors and the words for my 3 year old to learn how to read and recognize the word with the color. TFS!

  11. What a great little book for a child to go shopping with. Thanks for sharing and I am a follower. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

  12. What a great project and teaching aid for the kids.

    Katsews at gmail dotcom

  13. I love it! Everytime you use your Big Shot I get so excited since I get mine in May. TFS

  14. Hey Joy, what a great idea for your nephew to have in the grocery store. I know it was a lot of work. But the book is adorable!!
    i love Amazon!

  15. GIJoesWife says:

    That is such a cute idea. I love books and it’s a great way to encourage a young child to play with and use books. TFS. This is a great blog hop!!!

    GIJoesbarbie22@aim dot com

  16. BulldogMommy says:

    This is a great book! I’m sure your nephew will have fun on his “scavenger hunt” at the grocery store, and it’ll make the trip easier on his Mom, having him occupied with something fun.

    This is a wonderful idea for a blog hop!

  17. Joydee1963 says:

    Joy,You have great Ideas!! Love it! Joy

  18. mom2tayandbay says:

    OH MY! I love it! what an awesome little book! TFS

    dessaucier at bellsouth dot net

  19. What a great idea! I am going to have to make on for my 2 1/2 year old. I’m sure it would take some of the drama out of grocery shopping! Thanks for the giveaway as well!

  20. That is go cute!

  21. clairbear3 says:

    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  22. So cute! What a lucky nephew you have:-)

  23. Great idea for those with littler ones! They can keep busy while mom is doing her chores…heehee. That way they won’t get bored! πŸ™‚

    nginerd at gmail dot com

  24. Great book! I think I will have to make on for my little grandson.

  25. Super cute book. You are so clever. Thanks for sharing how this was made.

    vwilson577 at yahoo.com

  26. I love this idea. I need to make something like that for my nephew and my friend’s son. Great idea. Thanks for sharing this and the info on where to get a good deal on laminating pouches for the Your Story.
    I will check out your other books too.

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    http://www.annlenth.blogspot.com – help me get to 150 followers!

  27. JerseyJenn says:

    Great idea! Thanks for the detailed instructions.

  28. I love your creation. What a great way to keep my children busy while grocery shopping!

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  29. mcbridem2 says:

    Fantastic idea! This gives me idea’s for some things I could make for the kids I teach lifeskills too.
    Thanks so much for the detailed instructions too!
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  30. blessingstou2 says:

    Thanks for the inspiration!!

  31. What an awesome idea. So very creative.
    annadowdy at gmail dot com

  32. Love the little book. Wish I knew about these things when my kids and grandkids were little.

  33. What a wonderful book. I have a 6 month old grandson and I gotta make him one! Thanks for sharing this with us and for the great giveaway. I am new to your blog and will be back often. Thank you.

  34. Janet Licari says:

    Great project for early learning. Thank You for having the hop
    quilt 4 fun 2 at hot mail dot com

  35. I love this what a great thing to make for kids they can play and learn

    teri dot barefoot at gmail dot com

  36. Love this book you made. My 5 yr old would love this. Love the pictures in there. Very bright and colorful. Thanks for a chance to win.
    tabitha4cm at yahoo dot com

  37. dolfnz777 says:

    Such a great idea! I love the learning that goes along with your book!

    dolfnz777 at yahoo dot com

  38. sy3_smith says:

    that book is sooo cute!
    I love laminating! it’s sooooo fun!

  39. Joy thank you for having this book hop I wish I could have made it happen to hop along with you all.
    I love your book and I have the paper so I thinking this book is getting made…
    Thanks for all you do
    The Scrapbooking Queen

  40. you are always full of great ideas!!!! I love this idea, how fun and being laminated they could check tings off in the book – ohhhhhh I think I NEED a your story now!!!!!!!!! ~lori

  41. Joy, I just love all these projects…..you and your team are sooooo talented.

    Thanks for sharing!!


  42. SOOOO Cute! I can think of a few more ideas to use the same technique with!


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  43. oh! I am SO in trouble πŸ™‚ As and educator and lover of books…now I’ll be trying to make all these word books (great idea and share) rather than doing my homework for my PhD class..uggggg
    thanks for sharing! [email protected]

  44. mom2molly says:

    That “Find It” book was such a great idea! How cute! Your nephew is a lucky little guy! πŸ™‚

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