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Friday, May 25, 2012

Guest Post: Meredith from Wait Til Your Father Gets Home


Hi everyone! I'm Meredith from Wait Til Your Father Gets Home, a crafty and diy blog that I recently started since becoming a stay at home mom to my little guy, Jackson.
I'm a former teacher, addicted to Pinterest , and love to read crafty & diy blogs as often as possible! Allison has been sweet enough to invite me to guest post for her while she's on maternity leave, and I couldn't be more thrilled! 

For those of you that follow my blog, I'm sure you're aware that my little guy's 1st birthday is coming up! He was originally due on July 16th but decided to surprise us early on July 3rd, just shy of Independence Day! So this year we're going with a baseball/red, white, and blue theme. Who am I kidding? This kid's birthday will probably always have some sort of red, white, and blue decor...and fireworks, lots of fireworks! 

 A while back I was inspired by Pinterest and Nicole at Reaves, Party of Four to make this adorable 20 Questions Birthday Memory Book for my niece. 
Here's her version...  

And here's mine...



Well, I definitely wanted to make one for my little guy too, and of course got busy gathering red, white, and blue scrapbook paper, stickers, and embellishments! I collected everything over a course of about 3 weeks, just slowly purchasing materials as I had coupons and found major sales. My total cost for my son's birthday memory book (including paper, stickers, an 8 x 8 scrapbook, and a package of 10 refill pages) was about $24! Everything I bought was either on sale or clearance or I had a coupon. I even found the scrapbook on clearance at Michael's for $5.99 (plus got to use a 15% off total purchase coupon that included clearance items). I was one happy mama!

Here are some of the supplies I worked with:
{red, white, and blue scrapbook paper...these are only a few of the designs I used}

{stickers and embellishments}

{the super cheap, fabric covered 8 x 8 scrapbook I scored, complete with my little guy's sweet face...I added that when we got home}

To get started, I modified some of the original 20 questions that I had gotten from Nicole's blog, changed the font from my niece's book, and printed out 18 copies since the book will be from ages 1-18. I'm happy to share my questions with you if you want to get in touch with me via email at meredith@waittilyourfathergetshome.com or through Facebook!

You could also go to Nicole's Etsy shop to purchase her Printable PDF of the 20 Questions she uses if you prefer.
Once I printed out all 18 copies, I sized them down to an 8 x 8 page using my paper trimmer. I then did the same with the scrapbook paper, making 8 x 8 pages for the left side of the layout. For each birthday, I included scrapbook paper as the entire background on the left side and the questions, ready to be filled in on the right side. That way, after each birthday, I simply have to add a favorite photo or two on the left side and have Jackson answer the questions on the right side. I also used my star punch to use as the background of each age sticker as well. 

Here are a couple as an example...


I used some super cute red, sparkly letter stickers for the inside front and back covers...
{inside front cover}

{inside back cover}

And on the second page of the album, explained the book and wished Jackson a Happy Birthday!
This project is not only super easy to make and fairly inexpensive (if you take the time to find good deals), but it's something that you and your child will treasure for years to come! I love the idea of giving it as a gift for a baby shower or 1st birthday as well!

Thanks again to Allison for inviting me to guest post today and (enjoy that precious little one of yours). Please come check out {Wait Til Your Father Gets Home} for more crafty ideas, diy projects and yummy recipes! You can also connect with me on Facebook and Pinterest. I look forward to hearing from some of you soon!
 



Thanks for sharing that cute idea Meredith!



allison

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