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DIY Brag Book ~ A Great DIY Christmas Gift!

DIY Brag Book Finished

This year my family decided to make gifts instead of buying them.  We still have a set limit to spend, but felt that the gifts would mean more if they were from the heart.  Having chosen my mom’s name out of a hat, I decided to try and make her one of the top gifts I sell this time of year – brag books.  Brag books are a great gift for grandparents since they fit perfectly in a purse or attached to a key chain and are great for people who may not always carry a smart phone.

Brag Book Supplies needed

Materials you will need:

Card stock

Photo safe glue

Glue gun

Fabric for front cover

Needle and thread




#1) Choose how many pages you want your book to have (I suggest between 6-10)

#2) Choose your photos.

#3) Measure your card stock according to the size you want to make your book (mine was 2×3 inches)

#4) Measure and cut your photos

Brag Book Steps 1 to 4

#5) Fold card stock and photos in half

#6) Pile the cut card stock sheets on top of one another and sew together at the fold

Brag Book Steps 5 to 6

#7) Cut the cover a bit bigger that the rest of the card stock (I used card stock for the cover but would suggest using cardboard for a nicer finish)

#8) Cut fabric 1/2 inch wider than the cover

#9) Lay the cover on the fabric and using a glue gun stick the sides down all the way around

Brag Book Steps Final

#10) Take a smaller piece of card stock and glue it over the inside of the cover to hide the seams

#11) Put hot glue on the middle fold of the cover and glue in the sewn together card stock (don’t put too much glue or the book won’t close properly)

#12) Finally take your photos and glue them to the card stock using the photo safe glue.

And… Voila! You have your very own brag book!

Brag Book Finished

I’m hoping after a few more tries I will have a perfect book that I can be proud to give to my mom. Wish me luck!


Nadine is a stay at home mom/professional photographer from Winnipeg who specializes in children and newborn photography. You can see some of her work at She has 3 wonderful children Caleb 9, Amélie 7 and Leia 2 and has been married to her best friend for the past 10 years. Nadine loves photography, baking, reading, crafting, helping people and finding daily ways to teach all these loves to her children and others around her.

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Wednesday 25th of June 2014

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angie andrews

Saturday 4th of January 2014

Love this idea will be making one of these for next christmas to give the grandparents :)

Debbie S.

Monday 30th of December 2013

Brag books are priceless! Great instructions! Love it! Thanks for sharing!

Tara Gauthier

Monday 30th of December 2013

This would make such a great grandparent gift!

Teresa Claire

Saturday 28th of December 2013

This craft isn't as difficult to do as I first thought. Plus the supplies we already have in our home because we love doing crafts as a way to spend time together creatively.