A few years ago, my family (the hubbs, the girls and I) lived in "hot as heck" Florida. The rest of my family was here in NY. My girls were little then, They're still little so I guess I should say littler. I took tons of pictures of them! My Jewish, loves-to-lay-on-the-guilt-without-even-knowing-it mom loved to get photos in her e-mail from me...EVERYDAY!!!! If I skipped a day, believe me, I would hear it.
"I see you didn't get a chance to send pictures today. What do the girls look like?"
It's hard to explain that they really didn't change much in 24 hours. It was so much easier to just keep sending the photos. Now it's even easier since we're back home and only 10 blocks away. She can see them whenever she wants!
So, it was January of 2007 and the hubbs' birthday was coming up and I didn't have a gift for him. Ding Ding!! I DID have all those photos I took! I decided rather than going out in the FL heat to buy a gift, I would just make him one with some of the photos. I decided to make a book - an accordion scrapbook, but I wanted to make the actual book myself.
The thought of scrapbooking always appealed to me but I could never get into the larger 12 X 12 books. I just didn't have the time. Plus, there are so many great papers out there that I wanted to use the paper that I loved for the covers of the book. I also wanted to make it smaller - 6 1/2 inch square would be a perfect size for me. So, I figured out how to make it and this was the result...
I picked that particular paper because I really liked the pattern and color scheme.
Then I looked through a bunch of my photos and selected the ones I liked best. Since it was an accordion book, I dedicated one side of the book to my little one and the other side to my older daughter.
Here's a sampling of what I did - my older one:
I showed it to my friends and they really liked it as well. So much so that they started asking me to make books for them!
Since then, I have been selling them at local fairs and I even had them at a store in FL.
Now I am still making them and will soon be adding them to my ETSY Shop as well as my website (once I get that darn shopping cart done!)
Here's a sneak peek at what I've been working on.
I always start with the covers. PVA glue and a bone folder are a bookmaker's best friends!
Do you like to scrapbook? How about taking photographs? Do they all just end up on your camera? You can tell us!