Wednesday, February 9, 2011

my baby book.

Of all 3 projects that I did for Crafting with the Stars, this is by far the one I am most proud of.  You can see my other 2 projects here and here.  When I found out the theme for the week was "baby", I knew what I wanted to do.  I figured if I was going to spend all day and night working on something, I should make something that I could use in my business afterwards. I am SO happy with the finished product. Let me tell you a bit about it, and the inspiration behind it!

The things in my life that have always been most sentimental have been the sweet words written to me by the ones that I love. When I left home for college, the thing most precious to me was a little tin of letters and cards that I saved from my parents, my siblings, and my close friends. Reading the words they wrote to me was always a comfort and made me remember my love for them.  This book is  something that will create a link forever between a child and his parents..something they can look back at for years and remember the love of their parents.

The book (for this week at least) I chose to name Baby Love.  It is a baby book compiled of over 60 pages, each designed by me, with prompts and room to write down and record special moments from the time a mother finds out she is pregnant, through the baby's first few years of life. This is no baby book filled with stuffed animals and cheesy illustrations, but a fresh and modern design for the hip mommy. There is room for photos and extra pages to record milestones, memories, and their first words.
My only worry with doing this book for the contest, was that people see a f
inished product..a book and say, "It's just a book." The hard thing with such a project is that you cannot show every page that you designed by hand on a computer..not with elements from others kits, but from scratch.  It is impossible in just 3 pictures to show everything!:)
So here it is..
I LOVE the color theme for this particular book..gray, golden yellow, a blush pink and an olive green.
 
When the book comes out in print there will be versions for a girl and a boy, both in a traditional pregnancy and for adoption!

There will also be a version that will be unisex..for those who are not finding out what they are having!


See there really are over 60 pages in the book..and there will be more in the upcoming version:




Included in the book is a 12 month calendar with stats and picture room for each month.

One of my favorite pages is the Family Tree page..



and some unique pages:
What is happening in the world today? a place to write current events and pop culture.

as well as "The cost of life on my birthday"...what fun stats to look back at when you are grown!
There is a whole section all about the baby's birthday...the birth story, who was there to meet you, places for pics of your doctor and nurses...
I love my finished product, and yes, I am consulting with printers right now to figure out the best way to print it and am hoping to have it for sale soon!

 and there it is, folks!
These are just a few of the many pages that will be in the book, but now I want to open it up to you...any pages you wish you had in your baby books to record the perfect memory?

22 comments:

cheeks said...

kiki! you really are amazing! congrats on going as far as you did in the competition....i am in LOVE with your book....and it's perfect timing for our little one!! i'm really hoping i can buy one ASAP!

Jill said...

I thought you did a WONDERFUL job on this, and loved how you really followed the theme of baby! You competed well!

Lorie said...

Kiki, the book is amazing and I am so glad that you now have this beautiful book to add to your shop.

All three of your projects are amazing. I am so glad I got to know you a little through this competition and cannot wait to see what beautiful things you create next!

Nicole said...

I started following your blog before the competition and I am even more in love with what you create now! I LOVE this book. I cannot wait to get my hands on one. It is beautiful,stylish,and simple. I might have to toss out my little guy's and start over with this one.
All of your crafts were my favs. I am determined to redo my room now thanks to you! Even my hubby was impressed (especially with the budget!) Thanks!!

Sara&Eva said...

I love the "What is happening in the world today?" part, this is a very good idea!

Kara said...

Of all of your projects, this one is my very favorite. It's just the best little book ever and I can't wait to buy it for every one of our babies. But mostly I'm just depressed that the ugly clock beat the amazing baby book, seriously? I didn't get that one! Anyway...can't wait to see you in April!

Tam @ Sew Dang Cute said...

I LOVED this book and am so sad you didn't get to advance! You did such an amazing job!!! Thank you so much for being part of Season 2!

kate said...

I loved this Kiki! So perfect! I'm really surprised it didn't move on! Good job with all the projects!

willow said...

Wow, that is so sharp looking. I really like that you made it more contemporay looking. Great job!

Anonymous said...

I love love love this book. I only wish that it was around when my babies were born, they have to suffer with my homemade scapbook/journal. I can't wait for you to have it for sale. Great job.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! When will it be available in your etsy shop? I want one for myself and can't wait to give it to friends who are pregnant!

Katherine & Jesus said...

I want one!!!

Brian, Jami, Paige, Austin and Bryn said...

Oh my goodness. This book is amazing! Kiki, you are truly talented! I'm so sorry you didn't make it through to the next round. If everyone could have seen all that is in this book, they would have voted for it hands down. I agree with Kara, can't believe the clock-thing made it through and not the book!! Can't wait for it to go on sale. I would love to have one for each of my kiddos!!

Ashley said...

This is so amazing and adorable! You are very talented! Thank you for stopping by my blog, now seeing your work I feel so honored:)
Hope to get to know you better, following!

Lexi said...

Have never visited your blog before but LOVED your book! So excited to have you "revealed" AND to find out when this book will be available! Adding you to my reader so I can order on for a friend due in June as soon as it's ready! (Think it will be ready by then?)

Chelsey/InspiredMama said...

Seriously, this is THE BEST. I didn't buy baby books for my daughter or my son because I never found any that I really liked. I have always planned to make them myself on Blurb. Now my daughter is FOUR. I still recorded everything in a journal, but I would definitely buy one... or two... or three of your books! I will be waiting to hear the announcement of when they are available!

Hope said...

Are you going to be selling this? I love it and wonder where I can get one.
Thanks
Hope

kiki comin said...

Hi Hope, Thanks..yes, I will be selling it. Stay tuned..printers are almost all lined up!:)

Gee said...

I love this! Can you put me on a pre-order list? This is better than any baby book out there!

Bella Storia said...

Holey moley! I'm really enjoying your blog (found it through The Shabby Nest) and L-O-V-E your "Baby Love" book! I wish you all the best in it's printing/publishing, and you HAVE to promise to tell us all at least a dozen times when it's for sale!

Lisa Hodnet Photography said...

so i have to ask.....any luck on getting these printed? i seriously want 3 for me... :)

nye.jessica@gmail.com said...

I'm telling you girl, you've got a gift. Lots of them.