The mechanism I used to create this, is actually -- a store bought card! Yep, the blue background has a white tab that pulls when the card is opened to create the sound already built into the original card. I simply cut the card to fit the size of my book and created all my own thematic embellishments using my Cricut.
I made the water elements, dolphins, swimmers, etc from the Cricut Life is a Beach cartridge, adding ink and gel pen highlights. I gotta say...some of the smaller pieces (such as the bubbles & stripes on the trunks) were a little persnickety to play around with, but they were so worth it -- I really was pleased to make it unique.
And what Pirate could be complete without his own pirate treasure map? I used my circle punch for the half circle punched out of the page, and adhered it to a cardstock map which I put my own spin on.
I used a black sharpie to write the page being referenced, then I used a silver gel pen for all that pages information. Depending on how you look at the map in the light will depend on what you'll be able to read with the silver pen. Finally, I used a fine red tip marker to separate each page layout...he's just been reading a bit at five years old, but maybe this will be a good incentive to help him learn. And of course his parents are there to help as well.
Funny thing about this map...when I was showing the book on YouTube and got to this map, I'm glad I read part of it. Turned out I forgot to show the secret hidden pocket I made for the Star Wars page. I had to go to back to show it...but I guess you could say the map worked! Ha ha...
|COUSINS: Cody & Marty|
If you've missed the other book posts....
YouTube Mini Book
Book info & Bug Tag
Dragon Slayer pages
Star Wars pages
Thanks for hanging in there...Lisa