Category: Book Making

Handmade Gifts for our Little June-Bug

county fair birthday invitation Handmade gifts are a part of the family traditions Josh and I are building.  Ever since we have dated, handmade gifts have always been something we have made for each other.  And now that our family has grown, handmade gifts continue to be a theme in our holiday and birthday celebrations.

Monet turns two in about a week, and Josh and I are spending our spare time getting ready for her County Fair themed birthday party, along with finishing up the handmade gifts we have made for her.

This year, for Monet’s birthday, I made her an interactive photo album of her birth.  Since I’m currently pregnant, and the baby’s ultrasound is scheduled for the day before Monet’s birthday, I wanted to take this birthday as an opportunity to talk to her about her birth.  Do you remember the Moda Bake Shop feature I had a few months back, where I wrote a tutorial on how to make a Fabric Photo Album?  Well that’s the book I used for Monet’s gift.  Here are a few pictures of the book:

handmade gifts fabric photo album

The book is filled with photos and memorabilia that Monet can touch and play with.

handmade gifts fabric photo album
handmade gifts fabric photo album

The book also has slots for scrapbook pages and the last page of the book is one big vinyl envelop filled with cards, letters, and other precious items that Monet can pull out and look at.  Each piece tells a story.

handmade gifts fabric photo album

Josh finished making Monet a play kitchen for her bedroom.  Can you believe how cute this is?  Here are a few photos:

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Oh, and did I ever show you the bike that Josh made for Monet a while back?  Here are a few photos:

handmade gifts a wood bike for kidshandmade gifts a wood bike for kidsMonet loves this bike, and I can absolutely see why.  I think she senses how special it is, since it was made for her.  Soon we will be able to flip it over, to make it taller, and turn it into a two-wheel bike.

If you also want to make handmade, here are some past handmade gifts we have made that could inspire you:

A Handmade Holiday Fabric Photo Book

Handmade Accordion Fold Book

Handmade Sock Monkey Art

Handmade Charley Harper Quilt

Handmade Gift Tutorials

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A Handmade Holiday Fabric Photo Book

A Handmade Holiday Fabric Photo Book sewnEvery Christmas my husband and I give each other a handmade gift.  This year, I made Josh and Monet a photo book by basically sewing photos onto felt along with other memorable items like old letters, ribbon, keys, and rings.

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a handmade holiday fabric photo book sewn

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a handmade holiday fabric photo book sewn

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a handmade holiday fabric photo book sewn

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A Handmade Holiday Fabric Photo Book sewn

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What do you think?

Did you ever see the accordion style book that Josh made for me last year?  If you haven’t you must, it’s amazing!  One of the nicest things he has ever made for me.

And while I’m happy with how the book I made turned out, I fear it doesn’t even compare to the book he made for me.   That’s how it goes when you’re married to an artist. It’s the thought that counts –right!?

I hope you and your family had a Merry Christmas and blessings for the New Year!

A Book Without a Title

Last night we bound this beautiful book that Josh made… 
and added more precious birds to the front.
From there, we looked through it again…
… and again.  
I really can’t get enough of this amazing book.
Today’s question, what should the title of this book be?  Josh and I are still undecided.

Homemade Accordion Fold Book

This is an accordion-fold book I made for my daughter Monet to help her know her family and how they are all connected to her despite distance. It measures about 20 feet long. If you have a strong scroll finger feel free to check out the whole length of the book. You may also want to turn your computer 90 degrees counter clockwise to get the best effect. I apologize in advance for the seams. -Joshua

Happy Scrolling…


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