Frowny Face Chipboard Book

“Always watch where you are going.

Otherwise, you may step on a piece of the forest

that was left out by mistake.”

Winnie-the-Pooh

journal entry:

Board books are everywhere and I love them ! I was skeptical at first about putting Mod Podge on anything, since I had made zillions of silly things in the 1960’s and 1970’s when Mod Podge was also the rage.

Nevertheless . . . I was determined to give it a try. I had many wonderful photographs to choose from, thanks to my trusty friend, my Canon 50D camera. I took lots of close-ups of Andrew during his last visit so I knew that I had both  “frowny faces and smiley faces” to choose from.

While it is true that singing the familiar “frowny face” song to a child who is mad can make the child frown more . . . I decided to do it anyway. When my singing made him laugh, I knew that I was onto something and so Iset out to pick the perfect faces from among the many photographs I had taken on one particular day. I used Picasa (what would I do without it ?) to write the words of the song on each page, printed the pages out as 8x10s, trimmed the photos to 8×8,used a corner rounder to round the edges of the photos, used a Corner Chomper to round the edges of the chipboard, whew . . . . Then, I used spray adhesive to secure the paper to the chipboard, followed by the photographs. I sprayed each page with Krylon Triple Thick Clear Glaze, put three rings through the chipboard holes (which were already punched . . . if they hadn’t been, I would have used a Big Bite Cropo-dile) which my daughters gave to me for Christmas, and almostpresto . . . I had a completed board book. Andrew would have to be the judge. Into the bubble envelope it went and off it flew to Andrew’s house.

Andrew’s mommy tells me that he loves it and so I am happy. Now I have courage . . . and will try board books again.

If a frown should find your face, do not let it stay
Quickly turn it upside down and smile that frown away!
No one likes a frowny face, change it for a smile
Make the world a better place by smiling all the while !

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