Today's "Make" comes from one creative mama! Laina created this very special book for her daughter's first birthday using cherished objects around the house. I am in love with her clever use of Scrabble tiles and the bold use of colors or images. A true online heirloom!
I did see something similar, just a small blurb, in Cookie Magazine and was inspired to do something similar for Annabelle. Her first birthday had just passed so we had flowers and balloons all about the house and I wanted to capture those some way. I also wanted to memorize her favorites right around her first year; she's just begun having a favorite this or a favorite that. And ultimately I thought it would be advantageous to have objects she recognizes as she begins to learn their names.
Favorites and/or items around the house
Large sheets of white paper. For larger objects, a white wall
Simply stated, I built a book of words for Annabelle using objects with which my daughter is familiar (and that are often times her very favorite).
I snapped several shots of each object on a white background without using a flash. I also incorporated the use of Scrabble letters to identify each object and either captured that word as its own image or included it in the picture with the object. From there, I uploaded the images to Shutterfly to build the actual book. The final product is currently featured on the company's community page.
I do think taking each photo on the white background lends a crispness to each image. I also like how clean the images look with the black background Shutterfly offers.