This month I have done 2 books for Jacs. The first one was another shutterfly book (thanks to my brother Robert). I love how professional shutterfly books are- and they are super easy to make. This book was all about our forever family week in May- from the legalization of Jacsie’s adoption, to her sealing, and then all about her blessing.
The second book I made for Jacsie was more out of desperation than anything. We are passing out Halloween duckies at her birthday party and Aaron’s planning on reading a corresponding story. Problem: we couldn’t find a story about Halloween and a duck. Solution: Keri makes a book. So, after coming up with a very simple story line and gimping some pics, this is the final result. (based on the 5 little ducks went out to play, over the hill and far away song)
This month I was sifting through my options on what kind of book I would make for Jacs. I started on a “Let’s Eat!” book- taking various pictures and writing the story line. And then, suddenly- a miraculous gift appeared through email. Well, maybe not miraculous, but a great opportunity nonetheless. I recieved a free offer to make a photobook through Shutterfly. I put the food book on hold and spent the late night hours creating a book about our family vacation to Canada. So although this will be more of a family keepsake book rather than a bedtime book, I am still counting it for this month’s homemade baby book. And to all those that believe that I could go into business creating homemade books- thank you. It means the world to me.
This month I have been working on making Jacs a book that describes her bath time. The purpose is to build vocabulary with things that are familiar to her. Instead of reading about another baby’s bath time experience, why not read about her own? It would be more meaningful.
She also loves taking baths (just yesterday we were splashing around in the water when she got a big case of the giggles- she would look at me and laugh, which would make me laugh, which in turn made her laugh harder… It was SO adorable- I love it when she laughs!).
This book was made using a blank board book (you can purchase online at www.barebooks.com). I designed the pages on the computer, making sure that the pages were the correct size. The board books are 5″ by 5″. I then printed them on sticker paper, cut them to the right size, and then put them in the book! Very simple and very cute!!!
OK, so you might think I have way to much time on my hands…I have made another Mommy-made Baby Book for Jacs. I really don’t have extra time, I just never sleep! This book is a baggie book- the bags protect the pages,plus you can unseal a baggie to update your story. This new book is called “My Room”. I took pictures of items in Jackie’s room- her crib, rocking chair, dresser, etc. I used the GIMP- amazing, opensource photo editing software- to get rid of the background so all you could see was the object I was going to write about. It made it all worth it to see Jackie’s face light up and hear her sweet little shrieks of excitement when I showed her the pages of her room! Now all she wants to do is crinkle the pages- at least she has her hands on a book!
I finished making Jacs her first mommy-made baby book. She loves Bill Martin/ Eric Carle books- the “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?”, “Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?”, and “Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?”. That inspired me to make a picture album of our extended family using a similar repeating pattern. I love Eric Carle’s tissue paper art, so I made several different pages using tissue paper and then scanned them into our computer so I could reuse the same pattern. After inserting family photos and text using the Gimp (my favorite photo editing software), I was ready to print, laminate, and bind! The whole process took about a week and a half from conception to finalization- and we have already read it to little Jacs many times. This will be a fabulous book to take with us to church, too! I am excited to start our next baby-Boo book!
Here are some pictures of the finished product/ sample pages: