I’m thrilled to feature another fabulous idea sourced from a friend. After all, we
celebrate inspired living with a little help from our friends!
This winter I asked tSt if she was stir-crazy yet from being side-lined after foot surgery for several weeks. She responded that she was consumed with an alphabet photo book project for her granddaughter. When she said she was making it old-school style, not digitally, I became enamored of the idea and told her I had to see it.
When I showed up, she was midway through the planning stage.
She creates a page for each letter of the alphabet with family photos her granddaughter will recognize. After the pages are compiled and the photos cropped with craft scissors, she hand-letters the text, uses stickers for the alphabet letters, and adheres the photos to the paper with a glue stick.
When all the pages were completed, she took them to Pro Print, a local printer, for heavy-duty lamination and spiral binding, all for a grand total of $20. The result
made my heart sing.
P was my favorite page, of course.
The rounded corners of the laminated pages mean no painful pokes to the little one. See F page below.
I couldn’t wait to see what she did for the challenging letters.
X marks the spot for a kiss. Very Clever!
The back cover shows Grace with her brother Coleman.
The final test of approval came last weekend when tSt delivered the book to Grace.
This joyous moment says it all.
I especially love the handwritten text because I believe our handwriting is a characteristic of our persona that our ancestors once valued. Grace will know her grandmother’s hand, as my grandmother called it. You can’t duplicate that in a digitally-generated book.
Tuck this idea away for when a child arrives in your life. tSt began this tradition with her first grandchild and believes age 3 is a perfect age for a child to receive one. Advanced planning for photo ops at family events will reduce the scramble when the time comes to compile the book.
tSt readily credits the idea to the book, Grand Loving. I applaud her for turning the idea into a tactile and relevant teaching tool. Its durability ensures its legacy as an heirloom.
March 7, 2017