printable church abc quiet book

After seeing a few ideas posted on other sites, I decided to take the time to make my own church ABC quiet book for David — one that was a little more my style. It includes all the letters of the alphabet with a corresponding picture and scripture or Primary song.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Church website recently changed their Terms of Use, basically saying that blogs and websites can no longer redistribute artwork owned or licensed with lds.org, so I can no longer share the original ABC book that I made that includes the artwork.

 

HOWEVER, individuals are still free to use artwork found on lds.org for their own personal, family, and Church use, so I made a clear template that you can use over the artwork or photograph of your choice. Basically you find a picture that you would like to represent A – Atonement in your book, scale it to 4×6 and open the clear template that has the text (the letter, gospel principle, and scripture) and place it over your picture and export or save it as a new jpg and voila you have an ABC page (more detailed instructions found below).

 

 

Download the clear alphabet templates HERE.

 

How to use the template:

Download the template zip file containing letters A-Z and corresponding gospel-related theme and description.

Open the computer program of your choice. With programs like Photoshop, open the picture you want to represent the letter and scale to 4×6 then place the corresponding template file over the picture from your computer, OR open the template and then scale the picture of your choice to fit. Export the file as JPG and you’re done. The letter templates are already 4×6, no scaling or changing the size needs to happen.

For MS Word Users:

After downloading the zip file, open MS Word and make the page size 4×6 (File, Page Setup, 4×6), then set all margins to 0 (a dialogue box will pop-up, click okay and continue). Open the picture you want for the letter you’re working on and scale it to fit your 4×6 page or use the Height and Width adjuster found on the Format Picture tab (mine appears as a purple tab when I have the picture selected). Then open the template file  you want to use and drag it over the picture (you may have to adjust the Text Wrap and Order (bring to front/send to back), all found on the Format Picture tab). MS Word doesn’t save/export to JPG formats, but if you can save as a PDF and then open the PDF and save as a JPG. It’s a little tedious, but works. In MS Word, the final image will have a thin white border around it (like the picture below), so far I haven’t been able to find a fix for that, but it’s a minor thing.

*A Note About Scaling: If you scroll back up to the beginning of the post, you’ll notice that for the C – Commandments page the picture of Moses is cropped. The original picture is much larger and when scaled normally to fit a 4×6, didn’t fit well and looked disproportionate. To make it not look “stretched” or “squished” I scaled the picture down a little and then moved the focal point of the picture (in this case Moses) into the 4×6 frame and the rest of the picture overlaps the edges. When it’s printed, only what appears in the 4×6 frame shows, thus Moses fits nicely on the 4×6 page without being all squishy. I hope that made sense.

For my ABC Book, I used pictures from the LDS Image Libraries and personal family photos. Browse the gallery and find the pictures you want and save them to your computer. Use the template to its full potential and use personal pictures for Baptism, Family, Missionary Work (picture of dads, moms, uncles, etc or ward missionaries), Parents, Grandparents, etc. There are a lot of ways to make this unique for your children.

Be aware that when you upload your JPGs to have them printed, the photo lab may ask you for a copyright release for the artwork (this seems to be the case mostly with Walmart). Taking a copy of the Terms of Use from lds.org will be helpful to have in your pocket (highlight the pertinent section to speed things up).

The 4×6 photos fit nicely in the clear, plastic photo albums you can buy at most Walmarts, Targets, Walgreens, and some dollar stores.

A note about printing: If you have a local Walgreens, sign up on their website for their weekly ads. Walgreens has some pretty great monthly photo deals, especially if you plan on having more than one book made (they regularly have buy 25, get 25 free deals or off 40-50% off prints). I’m not affiliated with Walgreens in any way, I just wanted to share the deals. 

  • Erika

    Could I get a copy too? Thanks! erikazimmerman5@yahoo.com

  • Luciana Dangelo

    Can I translate it to Portuguese ? Do you agree?

  • Luciana Dangelo

    Posso refazer alguns em português para usarmos no Brasil? Você me autoriza?

  • Jessica

    Thank you so much for sharing your hard work so we can make these for those we love! I have successfully downloaded your template (again, thank you!) but when I combine it with my picture it looks hazy. I know you get a lot of comments and questions, but any suggestions would be so much appreciated. I am using Picassa to do this…maybe that’s my problem?

  • kitanlurch

    I have been using your templates but I am making 2 different books for my children following the same template just different pictures. I have been running into problems with having to scale A LOT of them. Will they still turn out looking nice? How did you make this amazing clear template? I googled it but maybe I am using a different photo shop that doesn’t do exactly the same thing. Any tips would be GREAT! Thanks feel free to email me at kitanlurch@hotmail.com

  • VisitingTeaching.net

    Ashley, 1st THANK YOU SO MUCH for this amazing project and resource, it’s what I’ve been wanting to do for so long but you’ve done it better than I could ever have done it. :) 2. I just looked on the LDS.org site and maybe the restrictions have changed when you first uploaded these works of art, but I read in their FAQ “All images on the LDS Media Library are available for download, and you are free to use them for noncommercial, personal, and Church-related purposes. We do ask that you be respectful in the way you choose to use them.”So YOU CAN use their images for non-commercial and church related purposes. I don’t know any other purpose you had for those, besides furthering the work of the Lord on the earth. If you get this and would be ok sharing your combined files that would be great and would save me sometime. If not…I get it and understand. Thanks for your hard work and service! The Gospel is true and I love you for your labor of love! Sis. Winegar. – VisitingTeaching.net

    • ashnico

      Sis. Winegar – Thank you so much for your kind words! I will look into the updated Terms of Use and get back to you ASAP. And maybe a post update is in order. :)

  • Aubree Olsen

    These are awesome, I love them! Would you be able to email me the file with the templates? Thank you! aubreejoolsen@gmail.com

  • Olivia States Maxfield

    I am having a hard time downloading the templates. Would you be willing to email them to me? livmaxfield@gmail.com

  • Alexie Sorenson

    I did this using MS Word, but what do you open to be able to save as a JPEG, i’ve had the hardest time trying to open the PDFs i made in a program that can save as a JPEG? Thanks.

  • SG

    Would you be willing to email me the ABC templets with the pictures?
    ldsgoff@msn.com I wanted to do this for my grandson for Christmas
    Thank you so much.

    • Amy M Stauner

      I was wondering if she had emailed you the ABC book? If so would you be willing to email it to me? Thank you.

      • Joy Jarvis Thayn

        I would like a copy of this abc book. Were you able to download it and would you be willing to send it to me please? joythayn@homail.com

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  • Joy Jarvis Thayn

    I would like a copy of this abc book. Were you able to download it and would you be willing to send it to me please?

  • Amber

    I am having troubles getting the templates downloaded to personalize the pictures. Is there anyway you could email me the completed ABC with pictures? thank you!

  • Megan Ware

    Is there anyway to have the completed ABC quiet book with pictures emailed to me? megaroni17@gmail.com My kids would love this!

  • Jessica T

    Is there a way I could have the original book emailed to mama.bear.jlt@gmail.com ? Thanks

  • Rachael

    Hi, just wondering if there’s any chance you could email me the complete original book please?