Tuesday, 1 January 2013

A commission for a special little lady (part one).

Happy New Year  to you all! 

Did you have a good night? Are you feeling a little fragile today? I don't want to sound smug (ok ok maybe i do. Just a little bit) but i am fine and dandy and clear headed. I spent a wonderful evening playing boardgames and eating good food with my lovely boyfriend. A brilliant way to ring in the new year if you ask me!

I am therefore spending today in my pj's taking down my Christmas decorations (boo) and generally having a bit of a life laundry day. And literally doing laundry. How do i always end up with some much washing to do?!?

I can also now show you a wonderful little commission i've been working on recently. For a little girl called Maisie who was born just before Christmas. Her newly appointed Godfather asked me to help and make something to celebrate her birth and wondered if i could maybe make her a baby book.

Well, i'd never thought about making books. But i thought why not! So i said yes, and then later on i started to worry about what i was going to do and how i wanted it to look. Yikes!

So i had a look through all the endless bits and pieces i have dotted about my work area and found this wonderful vintage Secret Seven book (see below) so i decided to use that as the basis for my book. I then planned how many pages i wanted the book to have and cut out the pages i didn't want and glued the rest together to form ten or so thick pages of my new baby book.

I then set about finding all sorts of bit and pieces i wanted to stick onto my pages and generally having a bit of a play with the layout. The whole book was also personalised to Maisie and her family.

I cut parallel slits so that Maisie's hospital tag could be attached to the page documenting the day she was born. As well as including space so information could be recorded such as the time and her weight at birth. 

On some of the pages i secured picture corners so that photos could be put into the book. And i included a page where a little footprint and handprint could be recorded.

On two of the pages i created a layout where Maisie's height and weight could be entered at various stages over the next four years on little note cards. The note cards are pull outs so they can be put back and kept secured within the page when not being used.


I also included a envelope on one page where a lock of Maisie's hair from her first haircut could be kept and a page that can be filled in with facts about her name.

The whole family were added to a family tree.

There was a page for first times. I wanted the book to be something that Maisie's parents could love and have fun filling out as Maisie grew.


And finally on the last page there was a little envelope for any keepsakes.  So what do you think? Do you like it? I am so so pleased with how it turned out. It took me quite a while to finish it but i think it's fab!

If you know anyone who would like a personalised baby book please get in touch as i would be happy to work with you on any future commissions.

I also made Maisie something else to go with the book but i'll show you that in my next post.......(hee hee).

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