Category: How To

How to: Photobook DVD Insert

So now that Christmas has finally passed I can finally blog about all the fun crafty gifts I made for the fam! First up, our wedding photobooks! They turned out simply fabulous. We used the book printing service offered by Apple through iPhoto. It’s a little more expensive than some of the other online photobook services, but we went through hundreds of photos to make these books and I can’t imagine dealing with that many photos through a web interface – having something on the desktop was just so much easier.


They turned out just lovely, printing quality was great. We also used iDVD to make a compilation DVD with the video from the ceremony, a slideshow version of the wedding photos and a fun compilation of the photos from our MacBook “photobooth”.

We needed a safe place to keep the DVD with the photobook so I inserted a DVD holder in the back of each book using the “backer boards” from our invitation, but any 5“ x 7” postcard or sturdy card stock could be used.


Card Stock or 5“ x 7” Postcards (1-2 for each book)
X-acto Knife and Straight Edge
Scratch Cleaning Pad or Sand Paper (optional)
Craft Glue (Sobo)
Stamp or Label

Cut the cards to 7“ x 5”

Score them at .5“ from the bottom and 1” from each side

Cut off the corners


If your cards are glossy use a clean scratch pad or sand paper to score surfaces that will be glued down to aid adherence.


Put a moderate amount of glue on the edges and place in the back of the book (or wherever you want the DVD insert to be.)


Close book, and stack under other heavy books. Leave overnight.


While books are drying, label your DVDs. I chose to use a stamp we had made for stamping our invitation
envelopes to add a flourish to the DVD.


After the glue has dried, insert DVD and you are done!


Wrap and then distribute for an amazing Christmas morning – your family will flip out. 🙂

DIY Sewable Electronics Round Up – Any Other Ideas?

I’m looking for some ideas for practical projects for wearable and interactive textiles. LilyPad is a company that, in combination with Sparkfun Electronics, has developed affordable round-edged circuit components meant to be used in clothing and textiles. They are even washable!!


(Photo from – one of the best sources for Lilypad projects I’ve found)

If you are interested in trying out this combo of high and low tech crafting, there is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get a jump start. Sparkfun Electronics is having a Free Day on Jan. 7, 2010! They are offering each household the opportunity to purchase $100 of free materials – just pay shipping! How amazing is that!

Using conductive thread and small, lightweight batteries, you can combine their different products to create amazing interactive pieces of clothing!

This is simple stuff that can be combined for awesome results! They have sensors that can detect changes in:

  • Light
  • Temperature
  • Movement and vibrations (accelerometer)

You can complete your circuit using:

  • Push button
  • Switch
  • Magnetic Snap

They interface with components that can give you:

  • Lights
  • Sounds
  • Vibrations

You can even program behavior into your circuit boards using a USB cable that links to your computer – WAY COOL!picture53.png
(Photo from

The best idea I’ve seen online so far is a jacket that lets bikers signal their turns with buttons on their sleeves:


You’ve got to check out this video – posted on and created by Lilypad founder Leah Buechley:

(Electronic Material components for this project on are $113 + $9 shipping to Chicago – but only $22 total if you get in on Free Day!)


Other cool projects I’ve found that use these types of electronics:

An adorable frog and firefly embroidery from Becky Stern:


Gloves that work with the iPhone with the use of conductive thread – (An tutorial for a DIY version here.)


A GORGEOUS Wind-sensitive electronic dress:


I’m not super interested in just making purses or jewelry with blinking lights – though this purse with a light inside is wicked cool:


I just know there are more awesome ways to utilize this technology in a way that will solve problems that I’m currently having (the conductive finger iPhone gloves are BRILLIANT).

I’ve got an idea for a purse that alerts you when your phone is vibrating inspired by a project in the book Fashioning Technology that you will hopefully see realized in a future blog post.

This stuff is only just becoming affordable so I know there are new uses that haven’t been thought of yet. Please let me know if you can think of any projects and I’ll attempt to prototype them!