I threw together a quick project on Friday night.
Last year at Thanksgiving I whipped together one of Cathy Zielske's "2009 Thankful Albums" as a hostess gift for my sister-in-law. It was a great little thank you. And a way for those in attendance to make some remarks about what they are thankful for. Too fun.
Cathy has just introduced a 2010 version. You can read about that HERE.
This Thanksgiving - I've got a lot on my mind besides turkey, stuffing, and good times. So I decided to modify Cathy's templates to make a little guest book for when the baby arrives.
First I purchased a cute little 4x6 photo album at Target. They have these in a variety of colors, and I wanted to know what colors I'd be using so I could design my pages around that scheme.
This is the finished product, mind you. When I bought it - there was no "hello" tag... but I forgot to take a pic of it until it was done. :) Just imagine it without the tag.
Then, I opened my Cathy Zielske 2009 Thankful Album Kit:
and with a little Photoshop trickery... modified the 4x6 cards to look like this:
Then I printed them out on 4x6 index cards. It was easier than printing them onto 8.5 x 11 cardstock and trimming them. Especially since I did 48 of them. Not that I'm expecting 48 guests after the baby arrives, but I don't want to have to go back and print more. I'd rather have MORE than enough - than to have to do a reprint.
Once they were done printing, I stuffed them into the slots in the album (leaving the first two pages blank).
And added these title pages to the beginning.
And finally I printed off the tag onto some cardstock and adhered it to a metal rimmed office tag (this element was also modified from Cathy's 2009 Thankful Album kit). And then I stapled it to the elastic band that wraps around the album. (see the pic above)
Now comes the really cool part. You see that block of white space on the right side of the index card?
Well, I ordered this cute little polaroid style camera from Amazon (hopefully it will come in before I head to the hospital!) on Friday too.
Basically, when folks come to say hello to the new bambina - I'll have the guest book, some pens, and the camera ready to go. They can write down their sentiment, and get their mugshot taken, and in a matter of minutes I can stick their "photo booth style pic" right down on the card and back into the album.
I'm rather excited to see this little keepsake be put to good use.
Here are a few more shots of the project as it stands now....