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. 

  • Alycia

    Just uploading mine to have them printed.  So excited! Thanks for all your hard work.  

  • Brooke Hedin

    I’d love to be able to customize!  Thanks.  brooke.hedin@gmail.com

  • Blrhoton

    I would love the copy right please. Walmart is getting more and more strict, got to keep everyone honest :) thanks a bunch Lindsay

  • Celeste Brown

    I would love to customize this.  Thanks.

  • kathy

    I would appreciate a copyright release please.  I use costco and sounds like it might need it. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work.
    Johnson781@comcast.net

  • Daisila

    I absolutely love this, thank you for sharing.  I actually tried to do something similar but haven’t had the time to give in order to make it look this nice. So truly thank you!  I am sending mine to Costco, and if an earlier person needed the release there, I guess I will need it too.  Please check your email address listed above for my address.  Thank you thank you again!

  • Alison

    I would LOVE the copyright release as well as the customizable pages!  My email is adallon@hotmail.com

  • CB

    I would also love to get the copyright release as well as the customizable pages!  My email is panachecatering@ymail.com, thanks so much!  This is perfect! :)

  • Hrobison2

    I am sending this to Walmart today and would love a copyright release. My email is hrobison2@gmail.com.  Thanks so much for all your hard work this is beautiful!

  • Justplainjesse

    Thank you so much for sharing this! This is great not only for sacrament meeting, but in the car when running errands. My children have visitation with their father every other weekend, and he is not a member. So this is another great way I can get them thinking about the gospel. Can you please email me a copyright release to justplainjesse@gmail.com. Thank you again!

  • bcjackman

    I would love the customizable pages. I love that the letter/scripture and picture are one page. I’ve got one that takes 2 pages. This will be 1/2 the price :) Thank you so much! It is beautiful! bcjackman@hotmail.com Might as well throw in the copyright release, too…just in case :)

  • kevinsjenn

    Thank you so much!! I would love to get the copyright release if possible to jenn@abetterisp.net.  Great work! Can’t wait to get these printed.

  • Ashleysealhall

    Youre amazing! Thanks so much! Can I also please get the customizable pages and the copyright? Ashleysealhall@gmail.com

  • Annieostler

    This is amazing, thank you!

  • Eden

    This is wonderful!  I’m thinking they’d be great Christmas presents for our family who still have young ones.  Now to find something for the older kids :)

  • Kkelly1235

     You’re amazing! Thanks so much! Can I also please get the customizable pages and the copyright?

  • Dlprincess8

    I would love the copyright and the customizable pages.. dlprincess8@hotmail.com

  • Joanhummell

    This is a wonderful book.  Thank you for sharing.  I would also like a copy of tghe copyright and the customizable pages, if I may. 
    joanhummell@hotmail.com

  • Heatherhoo

    I love this. Could I get the customizable pages and copyright? heatherhoo@gmail.com

  • Kuroanders

    This is amazing!  Could I get a customizable one too please? kuroanders@yahoo.com  Thank you so much for your hard work and sharing.  It’s great vocabulary for the littler ones too.

  • Kierste

    Would you mind sending me the customizable files, as well as the copyright release?  Thank you so much!

    brownpaper_packages@yahoo.com

  • Kristine

    What a fantastic book, thank you so much.  I would love a copy of the customizable pages and the copyright, thank you:)
    kristinejessop @ yahoo .com

  • Layne Fender

    i would love a copyright release and copy of the customizable pages.  thanks so much layne.fender@gmail 

  • emily

    Wow! This is so amazing! Great job! If you could send me the copy release and customizable pages, I would appreciate it so much! Great Job! Thanks:) emily_furse@hotmail.com

  • Chantel Jarrett

    I would also like the copyright release and customizable pages. Thanks, it looks amazing!!! chantel.jarrett@gmail.com

  • Stanton Valerie

    I would like the link too! stanton.valerie@yahoo:disqus@.com.  Thanks for sharing!
     

  • Shandiin

    Could I also get a release and customizable pages. Thanks. Ksschwendiman@hotmail.com

  • laura

    Me too.  Thanks!  dyphilla@sbcglobal.net

  • Rosaboynton

    May I also please have the link & pages to customize? Thanks so much for making this and sharing it! We look forward to using it for Sacrament Meetings. :) rosaboynton@yahoo.com

  • Pedrin Bueno

    I would like to have the pages to customize, the indesign file… could you send them to me too? thanks! pedrobueno.pb@gmail.com

  • Kaila

    I would love to get the pages to customize and the copy right release too! You did a great job on this book and I can’t wait to print it for my baby! Thank you! kaila.clark@yahoo.com

  • Frances Egbert

    I would love to customize the pages. I am very familiar with InDesign as well, if you just wanted to send me the file… I can do it. Thank you for this!!! Awesome Awesome!

  • Marlaina Bair

    I would love to customize the pages and get the copy right release too. Thanks. 

  • Lori

    Thank you for an amazing idea and for sharing!  I would love the pages to customize and the release as well.  nielsenlori@gmail.com

  • Amy

    This is just lovely! I’m really excited to customize it, thanks for sharing this!
    cachic13@yahoo.com

  • Elizabeth

    Hi! I found your awesome book through pinterest. Love it! Can you send me the customizable pages, emthornton@gmail.com. I have always used Costco for such printing and never been asked for a copyright release, but just in case could I get it. Thanks!

  • Gary

    Hi there thanku for making this available to us as well would like to make  some of these for my grandchildren, i got some books made up for my grandchildren with there names in them which made them personal for them so these would be great for my grandchildren, thanku so much: wihongi55@gmail.com

  • Nancy

    Beautiful! I’d love to customize the pages, too. Please send the indesign files to fabricandpaper@gmail:disqus .com when you get the chance!
     

  • Liz

    I am interested in the text for each picture as well. Please email me and let me know if it is possible to get the text only. Thanks! lizbowman@gmail.com

  • Lori

    So sad, but thank you for sharing your great ideas! I unfortunately didn’t get to the link for the customizable pages quick enough. Would you be willing to share the font that you used? Also, did you make them 4×6 in your program? Thanks! nielsenlori@gmail.com

    • Lori

      Any ideas on how/what program I could recreate your trasparent text box at the bottom of the pages… any ideas? Thank you!

      • Ashley

        I used Century Gothic. I made the document/paper size 4×6 before I started in Adobe InDesign. I haven’t investigated this fully, but I believe you could re-create a similar page in Microsoft Word if you have an updated version. I know that it now has text box capabilities and other functions. Because of my background, Adobe InDesign is easier for me to work in, however if you don’t have that program Microsoft Word *could* work well enough. The only thing MSWord doesn’t do is export/save as JPG; however, if you save it as a PDF, you can then save the PDF as a JPG.

  • Valerie

    I would also love to get the file. Please email it to me at thebybeeclan@gmail.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/nathan.gilson.35 Nathan Gilson

    I see a lot of requests but no responses I’m sure you’re sick of emailing these but I’m not sure if you’d be willing to since there are no responses. If so I would love them as well.
    Belles1fan@hotmail.com
    Thank you!

  • Stephanie Reading

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book you made! I finally had time to sit down and try to print it out and found you changed it to just the templates. I started trying to put the book together and I am having trouble finding images that are not on the lds image library……I really like the pictures you originally had for the book. Is there anyway you could email a copy of your original post of the book that I could just printout???
    Thanks for all your help

    • Ashley

      All of the non-family pictures I used in my book are found on lds.org. The Terms of Use allows individuals and families to download and print content from lds.org for their personal, noncommercial use, so YOU can use all the images you want from their website, the limitations are on my end as a blogger. I hope this helps!

  • Denice

    Thank you so much for sharing! This template is great!!

  • Lisa

    I am trying to make your wonderful ABC book & the pictures that I downloaded from LDS images, when I size them to the 4X6 as you state……..the look distorted. What am I doing wrong? Thanks for your help…….

    • Ashley

      Which program are you using to make the ABC book? Some of the pictures from the Image Libraries are much too big or the wrong overall size to look good as a small, portrait-view 4×6 (as you found out). For those kinds of pictures, I would make the painting larger than 4×6 and then move the focal point of the picture to the 4×6 area — for example, the Commandments page I use in the post; I made the picture of Moses large enough to not be distorted and then made sure Moses was on my 4×6 page (the rest of the picture overlaps, but as long as my page size is 4×6, only what is viewed in that area will print). Also, when you’re sizing images, it helps to hold the SHIFT key down while sizing and it makes it scale more proportionately.

  • Lisa

    One more question for you—–What pictures did you use for ‘Eternal Life’ and Exaltation? Thanks again for your help, I am loving how this book turned out. I couldn’t get my disciple page to work like your ‘custom’ one, but I just improvised. Thanks for sharing your talents.

  • ABB33

    This has been great. I made one for my kids and am helping a family member now. I noticed on the T-Temple template, the text cuts off mid-sentence. Is there a way to fix this?

  • Jamie

    Could you send me the book to my email too? taybugwhite@yahoo.com.
    Thank you!

  • Rakel

    I love this book, it is exactly what I am looking for, could you send this to my email? garddog21@msn.com

  • Aubrey

    I am having a hard time downloading it, would you be willing to send me the templates?