Brooke's daughter PB turned 2 recently, and I wanted to make her a couple books to take to church with her. I did something similar for Jordan's children, so I knew I needed to make them more durable.
For the first book I used clear vinyl from the fabric store.
I glued pictures I got online or from the clipart in my word processor onto both sides of heavy cardstock. There is a big library of free images on all sorts of religious, family, and nature topics here .
Then I cut strips of vinyl 2 times as long as the cardstock. PLUS about 2 inches and about 1 inch wider that the cardstock. Since I was using 5" x 7" pictures, I cut my vinyl into 14" x 6" strips. I folded the strips in 2 and placed my cardstock at the fold. I sewed a seam right next to the picture as shown here. I tucked in a 1" strip of vinyl along the top (where the holes are) before to make it stronger.
I punched holes in the top margin. (Ouch! This hurt my hand!) and then used binder rings to hold them together.
The other book is a personalized one to remind PB that Jesus loves her. This one could also be adapted to any topic for any child.
I bought a little 2.5" x 2.5" photo album with a magnetic closure on at a craft store. Any size would work.
I collected clipart and photos and printed them on cardstock the right size. I also glued a picture on the cover. Quick and easy!