Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Crafting: A First Birthday Book

If you follow me on Instagram, you'll have seen a few sneaky photos over the last few weeks of this book in the making. My amazing little niece turned one on Sunday and I wanted to make her something special - a book seemed like a pretty good place to start!
I spent a few evenings on Pinterest looking at felt activity books (I think they're called Quiet books in America) and started to sketch out some pages that I thought would be fun. I wanted the whole book to be colourful, fun and interactive and to hopefully be something that my niece can grow up with over the next few years.

I originally intended to share this as a DIY post, but to be honest I ended up free styling most of it; I got very caught up in the whole thing and loved every minute of it! ...Apart from the last part which originally involved using eyelets to join the pages together. Alas, the layers proved to be too thick and I ended up hand sewing the eyelets instead. Considering this was a bump in the road I'm pretty happy with how they turned out, and I think that they really tie the whole thing together (no pun intended!)
Also as a sidenote, velcro dots were my best friend for this project!

FYI - be prepared for a lot of photos!

On the first page I made an envelope with a little note in it addressed to my niece - she loved taking this out and putting it back again!

I wanted to include some learning pages and had seen versions of these on Pinterest - learn how to tie laces and matching shapes.

This spread is just for fun - make your own pizza and solve the puzzle to find a cute cat.

In my head this spread was the centrepiece and one of my favourites to work on. The orchard has a big picnic basket to fill with apples from the tree and carrots and parsnips from the soil. This was also another very well received spread from the birthday girl!

More learning pages; I loved the idea of a page for learning colours, and decided to create a little ode to Up with these rainbow balloons. The cupcakes are for learning to count to five - if learning to count with chocolate buttons on cupcakes isn't a good idea then I don't know what is :)

And finally on the last page I added a big pocket for any loose shapes, pieces of fruit etc. (I didn't think this page was essential, but the pocket came in handy almost immediately). I also embroidered the year on the back page.

Thankfully, the book went down really well with the birthday girl and it was actually quite emotional watching her with it. She got stuck in straight away with every page and my brother and his girlfriend loved it too - definitely a successful DIY :)

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