Who Lives Here?
When my10 year old granddaughter was just about two years old, I had an idea for a book that I would make for her. Who Lives Here? I wanted a book that would help her to learn to recognize the homes of her grandparents and aunt and uncle and cousin. A learning moment as she and her mommy or daddy looked at the book with her.
I accumulated photos of the houses of the various relatives. Then armed with scrap booking papers and card stock, I started assembling the little book. I also purchased laminating sheets and some comb binders. At that time I was still working and luckily was able to avail myself to a laminator and a comb binder/punch in the office. Those items made the project easier to do and the end product much more attractive.
First, there was a dedication to my granddaughter using one of her princess photos.
Then I laid out the pages using printed scrap book paper and coordinating cover stock. I laminated the photos so that my granddaughter could touch the pages and not leave sticky finger prints behind. Yes, sometimes there are sticky fingers.
On this page I inserted a photo of her younger cousin as a clue since she had never seen the home of her aunt and uncle and cousin.
Of course, I had to have a photo of my house for her to see.
On the remaining pages I included a photo of her home and photos of all the other grandparents’ homes.
On heavier card stock I set up the title page and the back cover. I punched all the pages with the binder punch and bound them together. And, voila – Who Lives Here? was finished.
I made a similar book for my other granddaughter. Her book featured photos of people rather than homes. It was entitled Who Am I? I included photos of her parents and grandparents and cousins and aunts and uncles. Also I included photos of the various families’ pets.
These were such fun projects for me. They took a little time, but the happy, warm feeling I had when they were finished was well worth the time. The granddaughters used them and then when they were followed by little brothers, the fellows could look through the books – often with the help of a big sister.
Thank you for stopping by Grandma in the Mailbox. I hope that you stop again for another visit. Next week I’ll talk about putting memories together.