Saturday, May 19, 2012

A book for baby………….


Soon, we will be adding a new member to our family!  Her name is Ava Rose and she is due the middle of next month, June.

Previously, I have made two baby books, one for each of my oldest great granddaughters….this week I completed the third one, this one is for Ava.  None too soon, since she could be here at any time!

I recycle old book covers to make my covers, this one is covered with wallpaper and cardboard.  I made the flowers out of an old dress pattern, fabric and buttons then added a torn piece of ticking for the finishing touch.  Ava’s mom prefers simple feminine, not a lot of frilly.


Inside the front cover……




A place for the basics….








Ava’s first picture…and hopefully, her birthday will fall on one of the numbers on the Bingo card, then Mom can circle it or put a heart on it!




Back side of Bingo card and a page, on the right, for the address and a photo of Ava’s first home.







Here, Mom can add photos of the darling room she has decorated for Ava and keep the color samples and receipts, if, she’d like.



IMG_2251 This is one of my favorite pages, just because I love the sentiment….a quote that I don’t remember where I found,  but I love it.  It seemed appropriate to have the ultrasound pictures next to it.  The envelope could hold a lock of hair or a love note from Mom.




This is a book within the book.  It is meant to be a place for Mom to write about the pregnancy.








This starts the record of Ava’s first year!







These pictures were taken at different stages in the project, so if you look closely, you will see the rings that bind the book are different, or there is only one….the finished product looks like the top picture.  I used two black metal rings to hold the book together.  The rings work well for books that are going to expand, as much as I hope this one will, when photos, cards and other memorabilia are added.

For the sake of your eyesight and time….these are about half of the pages in the book, but you get the idea.  To make a book like this, takes some time but you can personalize it in ways that make it a much better book to record Mom’s feelings and baby’s growth than one that is purchased at a store.

This book is made with love and is a way for me to be a meaningful part of Ava Rose’s life….for the rest of her life.  I believe that whenever you give another person something you have made, you are giving them a piece of yourself….something that is unique between the two of you.

Enjoy your weekend and make something you can share…..even if, it’s dinner!


Mary said...

What a precious gift!

elle said...

This is just fabulous, Jan. What a specialkeepsake. The rings are great for these thick books.

Julie said...

This book is so fantastic!!! Congrats on the near birth of your new granddaughter!!!

Halle said...

What a fun book! Congrats on the baby-to-be. So exciting!!

Halle said... Little J's middle name is Rose as well. :)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Now I see where you have been spending your days. What a glorious first book and very inspirational, too. Congratulations on your growing family.

Nicole McCain said...

Thank you SO SO much grandma Jan!! We love this book, and will fill it with all the wonderful things to come. As always, your creativity is astounding and this book is another great example, absolutely beautiful & something Ava and I will treasure forever!! xoxo :)

Dianne said...

Marvelous book! What a terrific idea, and you've left lots of room for memories and photos and stuff! love it...

Sheila said...

Absolutely gorgeous! What a lucky little baby girl she will be!