Greeting-Card Quiet Books

A few years ago, when I was our ward librarian, I found many old 9″ by 12″ pictures from outdated Sunday School kits. I covered them with plastic and made four large quiet books for our ward. They are still being used and are in good condition after six years of crunching, chewing, and being stepped on.

Recently I made the same kind of quiet books from a collection of children’s greeting cards that were too beautiful to throw away. This is the method:

1. Cut cardboard, poster board, or construction paper to a uniform size (4 1/2″ by 6 1/2″, or according to your preference).

2. Paste or glue greeting cards (I cut off the message) onto both sides of the stiff paper.

3. Cut pieces of medium-weight plastic (NOT Clear contact paper) one inch larger than the paper page.

4. With a sewing machine, stitch closely around the paper.

5. Trim three sides 1/4″ from the seam line.

6. On one side, leave a border about 3/4″ wide. Using a paper punch, punch a line of holes along this border.

7. When you have completed as many pages as desired, crochet the book together along the punched border. (You might wish to crochet around the front cover for added design.)

The cost of making these quiet books is minimal, and small children enjoy them immensely. Judith A. Gile, Richmond, Vermont

Make Your Own Spotlight

Most 35-mm slide projectors can be adapted to function as a spotlight by cutting a hole in the center of a two-inch-square metal aperature plate or a stiff paper, and inserting it in the projector as you would a slide. The light beam which shines through the opening in the plate can be focused on a subject or actor the same as when projecting slides on a screen. The size and shape of the hole which is cut in the plate is up to the user, and many variations can be devised. Several aperature plates can be made to suit the need, and some experimentation may be required to obtain the desired light pattern. Colors can be added by holding a colored plastic sheet in front of the lens of the projector.

There’s no need to do without a spotlight for your ward productions when you already have one sitting on your library shelf. Arnold J. Gregrich, Tooele, Utah

Family Photo Album for Christmas

Last year I decided that over several months’ time I would take snapshots of my friend, her husband, and her children, all involved in various activities and playing together on special holidays. I also took attractive pictures of their home and pet.

After these were printed, I dated them on the back and arranged them in a photo album. My friends were delighted to receive this very personalized gift! Sharla Luker, Salt Lake City, Utah

[photos] Photography by Eldon K. Linschoten