Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Toddler Personality Books

I've been MIA the past few weeks with compture trouble and I've been focusing on my other love ... photography!  However, I have accomplished a couple of things during that time :) This album is for my awesome little boy.  Here is the story ....
(How To .... is further down the post, so keep reading)

My favorite age (so far) is between 2 and 5 years old.  Their personalities are starting to really poke out, shine, and they are gaining a little bit of independence.  I love the way they talk, what they say, their little attitudes, etc.  Although their are moments of struggle, for the most part, they keep me laughing and smiling.  However, they are still moldable and teachable (mostly), with a little patience and love.  When my first boy was this little I made a 'personaity book' of all the little bits and pieces that made up him.  I wrote down stories and took pictures to compliment them.  Then I compiled them (see pictures below for that book).  As each of  my children have grown up, I've written them a book about this ages also (only one more to go). 
 These books are fun, and have been cherished and read throughout the years. Im so glad these stories have been written or they would have been lost and forgotten, even though my kids personalities haven't really changed that much, just matured :) 
Jouraling goes on the main pages, under the pictures.
There are two pictures for each personalilty trait, and they are short pages that hide the journaling.
 The book shown above is my awesome baby number 4 :)  It was made digitally using the "Big Adventure" freebie collecion by Heather Roselli Designs, that was on the Sweet Shoppe Designs website this year. 
I printed my completed pages on 100 lb. silk cover paper, adhered them back to back, chopped the corners, and had it bound.  My little guy has been carrying it around, looking at the pictures, and having me read the stories to him ever since (so rewarding)!
How to:
I wanted to share how I made these albums... my first two kids albums were done with traditional scrapbooking supplies (before I got into digital), and the last couple I did digitally, but the concept and sizes are the same. 
Main pages - 5x5 inches (usually plain cardstock, because the journaling goes there)
The little decorative edging (with the personality trait on it) is - 2 x 5
Embelish as desired.
Adhere these pages back to back.
Photo pages - 3 x 5 inch photos
Adhere them back to back
(note: I have two pictures to show each personality trait)
The book has large pages for the journaling and the short pages are the pictures.
Assemble and bind.
This is the order my album was made:
Front cover
Mommy love you note (with two favorite photos)
Quote/Dedication page (with two favorite photos)
Personality pages (with two photos showing the personality trait on the page)
My wish for you page (with two favorite photos)
Back cover

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