One small problem: I've never made a board book before. No big deal. I did some interneting and found surprisingly few tutorials on the subject: most sites claiming DIY board books just told you where to buy blank ones you could decorate yourself. But luckily perserverence paid off and I found a site that was helpful. It didn't have any pictures—which I hate!—but the directions were clear enough that it worked out. It suggests using cereal box cardboard for the pages, but I wanted something thicker, so I used thin corrugated board. (For the actual commission I would use some thickness of binder's board, but I don't have much of that just lying around and it's a huge pain to cut without a board shear, which, due to them being insanely big and expensive, I do not have, but do deeply covet.) I just used scrap paper for the actual pages, but once it was all done it seemed like it wasn't quite enough, so I dug through my stamps and did a little stamping on each spread just for fun.
This paper was an old envelope. The small and large A's are prints from a wood block and a rubber stamp: I uses a letter from each of these sets for the other vowels as well: the only letter that differs is the third since I don't have a third set of letters. With the A's the third A is made from a star-shaped eraser: I taped off two of the arms to make the A shape. I like it: it looks a little Treky to me.
The third E was a rubber stamp that I bought at a foundry sale somewhere. When your last name starts with E you tend to end up with a lot of them, which is lucky because it's hard to fake an E shape from something else.
The first I is a rubber birthday candle stamp.
The third O is a rubber pumpkin stamp.
This one is a little sketchy. I didn't have a U wood block (I had the others because they were letters in my first and last names, so that means no U) so I covered up the top of the O to make it a U. The third U here is a shape made from setting a line of U's on my re-setable stamp set. I only had 5 U's so I had to re-set them to make the lines going in different directions. (If you look to the left of the big U you can see a single line of U's that I stamped first. The page looked too empty with the bottom right corner empty, so I did the U shape of U's to compensate.)
And that's that. Even if the job doesn't come through it was definitely fun to figure out how to make a board book. I wish I'd done this research a little sooner: It would have been a really fun thing to do for the kids while I was in Ecuador.