And in true obsessy-Jessie fashion I went a little crazy. But I am so pleased with how they turned out. I'm sure all of you that are reading have heard about this project and have had imput, lent me materials -- thanks Kendra and Sandra! -- and watched Noah while I ran around the city looking for materials -- thanks Ellen! -- so that I could actually finish it on time! (oh how I long for a Michael's in this city...)
I bought an accordian album and printed 12 of b&w pictures of Noah from every month of the year. Then I mounted the pictures on cute paper (hours spent in the Target scrapbooking section ) and cardstock. After a trip down to M&J Trimming and $30 later (you can't just buy 1 yard of ribbon) I found the perfect ribbon to label the months with. I embroidered (really just a glorified back-stitch) the names of the months into the ribbon under each picture. Then I changed out the original ribbon that tied the album together and added a cute polka-dot one to finish it off.
The album came in a display box, so I decided to decorate that also. I wasn't really planning on doing that, but it kind of just came together (after another Target trip to find the perfect letter-stickers for his name, of course!)
(note the detail of the green frame around his b-day #s... I couldn't just use the paper as a backing, I had to cut out a frame with an exacto-knife to mimic the framing of the sticker letters. I also had to have Kendra's scalloped trimming scissors to cut the edge of the blue paper to match the stickers. )
So, this is pretty much what kept me up until 11pm every night last week. But it was well worth-it. I love the way it turned out.
I have the materials to make one for myself, but I'm not quite sure how soon that is going to happen! (hopefully by his 2nd b-day!)