Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Benjamin's ABC Picture Book

This is the post I wanted to post before we headed to Florida but I had to retake the pictures because somehow my husband lost them when he was updating my computer. No worries though because these pictures turned out better anyway.

I had lots of fun making this ABC Picture Book for my Grandson this year for Christmas. I have yet to give it to him as we were apart during the holiday but I will be giving it to him in the next few days when I see him. I know he's going to love it because he love's books and looking at pictures too.

The idea for the book came from a scrapbooking type blog I came across a few months ago now. She had taken the pictures that coordinated with each letter of the alphabet and made a scrapbook page for each letter. She used at least one picture on each page. Then she decorated the pages with paper and stickers before laminating each page. Then the holes were punched and the book was bound with either ribbon or metal rings, I can't quite remember. This was such a great idea and it really resonated with me. I hope you enjoy it and remember that you can file it away for a special birthday or next Christmas. I'm sorry I can't give credit where credit is due, but if you had the idea and you happen across this blog post feel free to let me know and I will make sure to link your post about it. It's an awesome idea!!!!

I've made a few books on my MAC and I love the results as you can see from the pictures below. You may use any of my IDEAS for each LETTER in making your own book or just customize the letter to your own children or granchildren's lives, pictures, and experiences. I LOVE taking pictures so I had a lot to choose from for most of the letters and only had one picture for some of the other letters. I was lucky to have the majority of pictures that I used already taken and only had to get a picture or two from my daughter (the mom).

Benjamin's ABC Book
(Front of Book Jacket Cover)


A is for my Auntie Kenna & Auntie Ariel.


B is for Benjamin.

C is for Christmas and Candy.


D is for Dirt and Dinosaurs.


E is for Easter Eggs.



F is for Father's and Families. They are Fantastic.

G is for Grammi & Grampin. They are really GREAT!



H is for Hats and Haircuts.

I is for Ice Cream. I love ice cream!



J is for Juice. The kind Grammi makes.

K is for Kora. My sister she is.


L is for Love. I LOVE to Play!

M is for My Mother. She's the Very Best!



N is for "Grammi" Noodles. Nummy Num Num!

O is for Outside. I love to be Outside!


P is for Pirates. Arrrr Matey!

Q is for Quilts that Grammi makes for me.


R is for Remembering that Families are Forever!

S is for Scary Spiders. I'll save you Kenna & .....


T is for Tinkering, Toys, & Trains.

U is for Uncle Mark. I love hanging out with him.


V is for a Velociraptor named Benji-Raptor.

W is for Water. Way Wet & Wild Fun!!!


X Marks the Spot on My Map.

Y is for YOU and I definitely LOVE YOU!!!


Z is for Zoo. I LOVE the ZOO!!

The END!


Back of the jacket cover.



34 comments:

Material Mary said...

Kim that book is just adorable and so personalized that he will love it forever and ever.
Mary

Patty said...

Very nice something he'll be able to show his grandchildren.

Natalia said...

That is darling! What a great idea!

Trisha said...

So cool Kim! What a great, personal gift. And he will be able to have it forever. What a nice grandma you are.

Nedra said...

Beautiful job on your book, Kim. How you can scrapbook, quilt, work and blog all at the same time is amazing!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a great book! I hope you enjoyed your time here in Florida. But I think you brought the cold weather with you :-(

Jo-Anne said...

This is such a great book, Kim!! I love it. I have seen them before and want to make them for my grandchildren--when they come, of course. :)

Jenibelle said...

Very cute and I will totally be stealing the idea for my Grami files!!! (Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery! I want to be as creative as you, but I'm not. So I will "steal" your cute ideas!!!!)

Quilt Hollow said...

Oh my gosh this book is awesome! Love it and someday when I am a Grandma may have to do something very similiar! This would even make wonderful graduation gifts! How did you put the book together? Would you be willing to give more of a tutorial on the process?

Pokey said...

Such a sweet, personalized alphabet book! As a primary teacher, I have a collection of alphabet books, so you'll know where to look if this one shows up missing....
Thank you for sharing every page, really cute!

Terry said...

What a great idea! I love it! :0)

Mary said...

Way cool!! What a great gift with lots of memories!!

Shiree said...

Kim that is such a wonderful book, and a present that Ben will treasure forever. How clever of you!

Robin said...

What a treasure! And such a great idea. I may have to try something like that for my boy. Thanks so much for sharing! :)

Thimbleanna said...

Wow! What a cool idea Kim! Your book turned out great. Definitely an idea I'll have to remember -- for my someday grandbabies!

Little Green Doll said...

Wow! What a great idea for a present!!! The book is so nice!!! It will be a success!! Have a Happy New Year!!

Lori Holt said...

Hi Kim...your book turned out great! Ben will enjoy that book for a long time I'm sure.
I hope you had a great vacation...welcome back.
lori

Évi kreatív oldala said...

Hi Kim!
It's good idea! Congratulations!:)
I wish you a Happy New Year!
Évi

Patchwork Penguin said...

What a wonderful idea!! Where did you get it bound? THat would make a great graduation gift for the twins in two years Now you have me thinkin' LOL

Hugs!

Nancy

Sally K said...

What an awesome book! I'm going to pass a link to your blog onto my sister for her son. Thanks for sharing such a great idea.

Jan said...

What a wonderful idea and it turned out soooooo nice! It will be cherished his entire life :)

Purple Quilter Queen said...

Kim - that's an adorable book! What a great special gift that Benjamin will always have to treasure! Jenn

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh my heavens!!!! I love it!!! and he will too. It will be special for the rest of his life, his kids, thier kids and on and on!! I just may have to sneek that idea too.
Job well done, enjoy reading it together!

Pretty Things said...

That is so clever, and beautifully done!

Jackie said...

What a fantastic idea! I'm sure this book is going to be a family treasure!

Jackie said...

Just a fantastic book and a spectacular Grammi!

Kathie said...

Wow, what a wonderful book , full of memories.
a treasure for sure
thanks for sharing
Kathie

Dawn said...

What a great idea! I need to remember this one. Your grandson will love it. Hope your trip was super fun...welcome back!

Shari Knudsen said...

I hope you had an awesome trip. It was nice seeing summer clothes in your picture to Florida. How awesome. I loved your book I have a neighbor who does lots of little mini books instead of scrapbooking. I think it is a cool idea.

Liz said...

Very cute. I love it!

amy smart said...

What a special book, Kim! That is a treasure. Happy 2010!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

What a fabulous idea. Laura's kids made a book for them for Christmas similar idea.

Helen said...

This is awesome.
We are going to be first time grandparents in July. I will have to remember this idea for a future gift.

a fan of anything chocolate said...

This is my first visit to your entertaining blog. As a constant picture taker, I was very taken by this clever idea. I have done some hardcover photo books through kodakgallery but this ABC idea is fabulous and since I just found out the first grandchild is on the way, I will be revisiting this idea in the future!