For Little Man’s 18month mile-stone I decided to create him a quiet book. I usually try to make more than one at a time in order to cut down on actual “work” time that one takes to make. So I created a birthday book for a little girl that turned two in May. I just forgot to take pictures of it before I gave it to her, so I’m going to have to see if I can grab some pictures of the pages that are different from LM’s at church some Sunday.
These books were a lot different from the ones I’ve made earlier because the kids are so much younger. I had to think of pages that would help them learn some simple skills, but at the same time, be easy enough for them to use without parental help (especially when we’re sitting in church!).
One thing I did differently with LM’s book from all the others I’ve done, was to stitch his name on the front. It was so incredibly tedious! I like the look…but it definitely took a long time! I also hand stitched most of the pages themselves. It’s definitely a lot neater than hot gluing, but I will admit that I ended up hot gluing some parts of the book because sewing just took soooooooo long! So far the parts that were hot glued have held up well so I’m not concerned about it. Anyway, here are the pages. I might end up doing a tutorial some day on how I put together some of my pages but for right now I’m just going to show them to you. None of them are actually “originals” so I will try to re-find the links to the pages I took them from and post them along with the pics of my finished pages. Any questions? Feel free to leave me a comment or message me through the “Contact Me” link in the above menu.
Page 1 is a lacing page from nap-timecreations.com – help the mouse eat the cheese. When LM first got the book this page was never touched (guess he was a little young for it) but just a couple of months later he’s lacing the mouse through the holes…although not in the right order just yet, hehe.
Page 2 is a shape page. I don’t have an actual blog to refer you back to here but there are so many of them out there that have done a page like this. I don’t think I actually followed any particular tute on this page. I made it the way I thought it would work and it does work, very well. It was the first page LM went for and still does! He has a hard time pulling the shapes off the buttons – we’re working on learning how to slide the button through the hole – but if he pulls hard enough he can generally pull the shapes off..and after he has them all off he puts them back in the right spot and has me re-button them for him. I like that he’s figured out how to match the colours and shapes.
As you can see I’m missing a piece. He had his book out in nursery on Sunday and it came home missing a few pieces, sigh.
Page 3 and 4 are my farm pages from tjmontoya
Little Man snagged his cow to play with as I was taking pictures but here are the pig and horse finger puppets. There is also a sheep, somewhere at church I’m sure, lol. These are probably his favorites to play with after the shape page. He LOVES putting them on his fingers. He usually tries to put all four on one hand. It’s quite funny actually.
We’d already lost a couple of apples (from him playing here at home) so I need to replenish those when I get a chance…and maybe add a few extra to the basket in case we lose more! The only thing I would have done differently on this page is to make the apples bigger. He has a hard time with the size of them.
Pages 5 and 6 are from Diary of a Crafty Lady. However, hers is an American flag so I had to create my own patterns for the Canadian ones.
Here’s my OCD coming through when it comes to teaching my children about Canada, lol. Of course the Canadian flag is pretty easy to duplicate so I guess I got away scot free on that one.
Now the Nova Scotia flag is a little harder. I simplified it by just having the four blue parts that create an “x” shape with the yellow shield in the middle of them. The shield is supposed to have an orange outline with an orange lion in the middle, but that was a little too small and finicky and I figured those pieces would probably end up getting lost at some point. I also lucked out that both flags have a white background – pretty easy to duplicate, hehe.
Pages 7 and 8 are from Meli Melo – she has translated her pages into English along with her own so you can read what she’s done. There are no patterns for anything so I had to free-hand. I’ve only gotten the panda done (my favorite animal of all time!) so I have some work to do to finish this page. I’m debating about whether or not to make some of them finger puppets (since those were such a big hit!).
As you can see Little Man was anxious to get his hands on this as I was trying to get pictures ((smile)). This page isn’t used a whole lot because of the lack of pieces to go in it but he has used his farm finger puppets with it. There are little hidey holes all over…in the ponds, trees, mountains, etc. Lots of fun for little animals once they’re created. Can’t wait to finish it off. Maybe I’ll take some time today, hmmmm.
What crafty projects are you all working on? Do you have any plans for future projects? My brain is already buzzing with thoughts of an all-Bible quiet book. I’ve even been toying with the idea of making some for the church library for when we have visitors come. Since we don’t run a junior church right now they do come in handy. So many ideas!!!! =)
Happy Wednesday Crafting!