Sunday, September 30, 2012

You Wrote the Book of Love!


In August, I came across this craft on Etsy. It's a book called "How to Pray for Your Sailor." Essentially, each prayer or verse is on a 4x6 card and is laminated and spiral bound. It's made to be durable and portable. ...And it's $18. 

Yes. Eighteen. Dollars. 

My first thought when I saw the book? "Wow, that's super cool!" And when I saw the price? "Yeesh. I can do that myself." 

And I did! And so can you! 

 
Cost:  $2ish without shipping , $4ish with First Class shipping 
(Even if you have no materials at home, it won't cost you more than $5!)

Materials: 
  • a 4x6 photo book
  • colored cardstock
  • photos
  • markers
The photo books I found at Wal-Mart were $1 and came with removable cards for the front and back covers. I decorated both. The front you see here, and the back is in the below photo collage.




I cut each card to 4x6 and then added either a favorite Bible verse, a happy thought, something super mushy and romantic, a promise for when he comes home, or a photo that I know John doesn't have a hard copy of in Afghanistan. I slid two cards into each photo sleeve (one facing forward, one facing backward) so each page was double-sided.

If you throw it in a 5x7 envelope, it should ship First Class at no more than $2.  I put this in the 100 Days Box, but I have another photo book that I'm going to gussy up and send John's way... sometime in the future.

Et voila! You have a really personal, cute book and you just saved $16. That's $16 for a manicure... or 4 boxes of Oreos... or shipping for a large Priority Mail box... or... !

-Jo