Several months ago, one of my life long friends, Roberta, ask me to do a special book for her niece's baby shower as a gift from her. Of course I said yes, took on the challenge and set out to do what I love to do.
Without knowing where to begin or how I was going to construct this book I did know that Roberta wanted each guest at the shower to be able to write a meaningful quote or some words of wisdom for the new mother to be. There were going to be around 25 guests so I knew the book was going to be substantial. I had a few photos, an invitation to the shower, a poem the grandmother wrote and the fact that Sheri (the honoree) had a very difficult time conceiving this child. I decided that this book should be filled with lots of important reasons why couples decide to have a child even through difficult obstacles.
I needed something to remain constant throughout the book which was one of the bigger challenges for me. In my stash I found a sheet of wrapping paper with childlike illustrations and the alphabet on it so I used that. It turned out to be the perfect constant element since I was able to use each of the 26 letters as pockets to hold the tags which each guest would be writing their words of wisdom on and could be easily put back in it's appropriate pocket afterwards since the tags had a corresponding letter on them.
That being solved construction was another hurtle. I decided to take the easy road and use 3 ring clips to hold all the pages together since I wasn't quite sure how thick the book would become. It turned out to be the ideal solution.
Two months later and all pages completed, I felt quite happy with the results. Roberta seemed extremely please with her gift for her niece and as I've been told, it was a big hit at the shower.
Now on to the next challenge.