Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Easy to make treasure for baby……….

Three years ago, one of our oldest Granddaughter’s gave birth to our first Great-granddaughter, considering how YOUNG I am, I know you are shocked!

Wanting to do something unique, I decided to design and make a PERSONALIZED baby book!  Trust me this is a very entry level craft but, also, a very special keepsake for baby and parents.

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I started with an 8” by 6” artist sketch pad with a metal ring binding.

Each page is covered with scrapes of scrapbook paper, embellishments, stickers, brown paper bags and ribbons.

book 002  There are 34 pages in my book, I’m not sure it is necessary to have that many. 

I created many pages with scrapbook paper pockets or used brown paper bags for pockets/memorabilia/photo holders.

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Then the fun began…the first page was reserved, of course, for the basic baby stats.  Her mom used stickers to fill in the info.

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Then I added prompt questions i.e. “This is how and where my Mom told her family that she was expecting me and what they said”, same for telling Dad’s family.  Next, “Which friends my Mom and Dad told and what they said!”.

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Then a pocket labeled “The first pictures of me, in my Mommy’s tummy!”  and “Place I went with my Mom and my Dad (sometimes) before I was born, the facing page is a brown paper bag for saved receipts and tickets.

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Place for a picture of Emma’s first room, along with paint, fabric and carpet samples.  I included questions about how Mom and Dad celebrated their first Mother and Father’s Day.

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Other fun stuff included how much weight Mom AND Dad gained!  Also, included is a page for both Mom and Dad to write a message to Emma expressing some of their special thoughts about having this beautiful baby girl.

Mom’s friends and relatives held five separate baby showers, so, I left lots of room for invitations, gift lists and pictures.

emma's book 016 You can create this memory filled baby book.  It is a way to encourage Mom and Dad to write down some of the “little” things, that years later when that baby is 16 and six inches taller than them, they might wonder about but can’t remember.  If, you’ve have children you’ll know the questions or you can ask someone who has.

Have fun and if you make a book, I’d love to see the photos………I’m off to make another baby book, Emma is expecting a sister in a couple months. 

1 comment:

Romeo said...

Congrats on being a YOUNG grandmother - you get to enjoy the best part of having children AND are still young enough to keep up with them ;)

I love the idea and your creation gets top paw marks in my world!!!

Hope you are having a purrfect weekend!