Monday, June 7, 2010

Baby Brag Books

As a veteran breast-feeding mama, I've mastered feeding the baby while typing. Now if only I could figure out how to stamp and nurse...that would be the ultimate multi-tasking!

The kids are out of school for the summer. The night before their last day, I helped them make little brag books to show off pictures of their new baby sister to their classmates. I used a design one of my stamping friends came up with when she made 50 (!) brag books for her daughter's competitive cheerleading team. If I remember correctly, Jen was inspired by an old issue of our demonstrator magazine, Stampin' Success. The article included ideas for several different mini books. I used Jen's measurements for our books. The covers (front and back) are 6" x 6", scored at 3/4" from the top. The pages (our books had four each) are 6" x 5-1/2", also scored at 3/4" from the top.

I let the kids stamp and color the inside pages and then they narrated the "story" for me to write. Note: the stamps they used [Nursery Necessities, Holiday Blitz (rattle), and Taffy Alphabet] are all retiring!

Thomas' (pictured left) says: "This little elephant is singing a song for Anna while he's taking a shower." Claire's (pictured right) says: "The two little birds were finding their two rattles [which are on the moons] so they could share with baby Anna and have a playdate."

I used an old Simply Scrappin' Kit to create my own version for Jim to take to work. It's mostly just photos with a small bit of journaling.

Supplies: Nursery Necessities, Taffy Alphabet, Holiday Blitz, Fundamental Phrases (used on tabs in my book), Pretty in Pink ink & cardstock, Lavender Lace ink & cardstock, Sage Shadow ink & cardstock, Basic Black ink, Whisper White cardstock, Round Tab Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Pewter Jumbo Eyelets, White Satin Ribbon, Crop-a-Dile

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Jeanette said...

So cute. I am going to need to make some of these.

Nancy B. / said...

What a wonderful way to introduce baby Anna to friends and family!

Dawn said...

Congrats on your new addition! Darling daughters and dariling books!

Pam Millis said...

What a great idea, Julie. And what a beautiful family you have!!!

Juliette Chapman said...

What a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing these lovely photos of your beautiful family.