Hey there crafty friends! With the school year ending and summer vacation on the horizon, we’re throwing it back to last spring with this amazing interactive alphabet flipbook. It’s the perfect craft to keep the kids entertained this summer and to keep them learning too!
Hello and welcome back to the blog! Chantalle with you today to chat about a way to make learning your ABC’s a bit more fun for kids. I was inspired by a project I saw on Pinterest involving a book bound from paper bags. It was such a sweet way of storing memories but I also loved the interactive element of it and thought I could combine my alphabet punchboard and my Cinch Binding Tool to create something fun and interactive for my little learner!
My ‘super fun’ alphabet pad consists of several pockets, bound together. I’ll admit, I did worry it was too fat to bind at one stage! Lol. But my awesome Cinch made light work of the 26 pages plus chipboard covers!
Let’s learn our ABC’s by sliding out the cards! Let’s see what word starts with the letter ‘A’… yep, you guessed it, ‘Apple’!
I found this pack of flashcards at my local Target store. The cards were a great size and have been printed onto a sturdy cardstock with a gloss finish, so I knew they would be hard wearing for what I had in mind. (Plus, this works out cheaper than if I were to print the sheets out on my inkjet printer at home and then laminate them!)
To make my cards slide in and out of custom pockets, I had to cut them down a bit, to be able to secure them inside, without falling out when pulled. To do this, I popped each of them onto my Trim & Score Board and measured about a quarter inch down from the top and up from the bottom. I left another quarter inch on the left hand side where I would be inserting them into the sleeves later on. I then cut along the top and bottom guide marks I had made, leaving the left hand side as is.
For my sleeves, I created 26 pockets using coordinating shades of Bazzill Cardstock (see materials list for colours used) I left a quarter inch extra at the bottom of the pocket and half an inch at the top to accommodate for binding.
I rounded the corners of my flashcards using my Crop a Dile Corner Chomper and then inserted them into their sleeves. In order for them to stay in place during use, I had to sew them inside the sleeves – just a little bit above and below the card as shown in the picture below. The quarter inch or so of stitching will allow the cut out area to slide out but hold the area that I left at the original height of the card, inside the sleeve.
Once all my sleeves were sewn, it was time to start putting the pad together. For kids, a sturdy cover is a must. I’ve used some 8×8 Cinch Designer Book Board which I cut down to size and then covered with some gorgeously fun Amy Tangerine ‘On a Whim’ papers. The image below shows just how easy it is to create a bound item using The Cinch. Simply pull out the corresponding peg to choose how many holes to punch. Note: In this picture you will see I punched my holes before I covered my board. I would recommend covering your chipboard before you punch, for a neater finish.
Now that my cover was sorted, it was time to move on to embellishing my sleeves. I wanted corresponding letters to match my flashcards. Enter my Alphabet Punch Board! This clever punch board allowed me to create matching lettering for each letter of the alphabet. The ‘m’ and ‘w’ turned out to be a bit too wide for the size of my sleeves, so I used the adorable (seriously, you have to have one they are SO cute!!) Mini Alphabet Punch Board to whip up two of each letter and mount them underneath each other.
The final piece that I needed on each were the words ‘is for…’ so I popped some grid paper from my Typecast 8.5 x 11” pad into my Typecast typewriter and started typing up my text. I chose to use the grid paper so they would all look uniform.
Here are all the letters, bound in to the pad. ‘A’ through to ‘H’…
… and ‘I’ to ‘Z’.
For an extra fun element, each of the cards has a reusable area to practice lettering on! This is especially handy for my little bug, who sometimes writes her letters back to front. Simply lay the pad flat, grab a whiteboard marker and you’re all set!
I hope you have enjoyed my post today. If you decide to give this idea a try, please tag us in your pictures on social media – we would love to see them!
Until next time,
Alphabet Punch Board
Mini Alphabet Punch Board
Crop a Dile Corner Chomper
Trim & Score Board
Cinch Binding Tool
Cinch binding combs
Cinch Designer Book Board 8×8