Monday, August 23, 2010

The yearly birthday book

Each year I make a birthday book for the children. It is a gathering of highlights from the year that passed, pictures that appeal to their memories and are sure to stay with them as they leaf through the pages. The books are greatly loved, and both children enjoy coming back and looking through the pages again and again. Once the excitement wears off, I keep them in a safe place and bring them them out on occasion, so that they will last for years to come. I make them very simply, 
and each year they are a little different.
If all my things were not packed up, I would show examples of previous years, however this is what Kaleena's will look like this year.
I used brown paper bags for the book cover, I made it a double layer for durability and because one side of the paper bag had writing. For the pages I used watercolor paper because I had it on hand, usually I might use card stock. To the front i Mod Podged a pressed flower.
Here it is all dry and shiny. I folded up all my paper, chose the pictures I wanted to use, cut them to size and glued them in the pages.
Then I used a strong household needle and waxed cotton string to sew up the middle
And here it is all finished. I keep it simple, with simple drawings and crayon colors.
I love how it turned out, and I am looking forward to give it to Kaleena.
~Thank you for sharing with me, and a very happy monday to you all~

21 comments:

  1. You did a gorgeous job!! I have promised myself year after year I would do this and I only did it for age 1 (bad mama!) I need to get back in the saddle. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  2. That is such a beautiful idea!

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  3. Wow, it's so beautiful and simple. The pics are wonderful!

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  4. this is so beautifull and made with such love. what a wonderful idea.
    Somthing to look back on.
    XX

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  5. what a treasure, to have you as a mom. ;) this is so beautiful! looks like quite an adventure filled year!

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  6. Wow, wow, wow. This book is gorgeous. You are such an inspiration to me. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  7. That is just amazing. What a fantastic idea and this book is so beautiful. Incredible pics and the cover is awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Oooh another lovely idea to borrow. Certainly more impressive than our little birthday book. xx

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  9. What a beautiful idea. I'm sure your kids will treasure those books for all of their lives.

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  10. I love this - so simple and sweet. We'll be adding birthday books to our celebrations this year - thank you. :)

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  11. this is a wonderful idea and the finished book turned out gorgeous!

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  12. What a great idea! I love it. Did you glue the brown bags together for the cover?

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  13. Wildviolets,
    Yes I did glue them together back to back:) Christina

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  14. what a wonderful and thoughtful way to preserve memories.

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  15. hi, its so lovely , beautiful girl.x

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  16. You must have the most wonderful birthday celebrations in your house. Lovely keepsake.

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  17. What a store of valued memories and such a precious gift to your children. An idea full of love. I love it!

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  18. Oh how beatiful, what a treasure, I will pass it on to my sister, cheers Marie

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