When I received my books the other day, I decided I wanted a practice book. This became my "Book of Shapes."
At a young age it is said that babies focus best on simple shapes with black and white colors. So that is what we did. :) We meaning my brother and me. He was a terrific help. As I put together the book, I was really happy I made a practice one as I got a lot of flaws worked out (although there are still some I am actively working on!).
First step was I set up my powerpoint with my black and white shapes. Then I printed them on a test sheet of paper to make sure I had the proper layout. When I found that I did, I printed them on the labels that Blank Slate Books sent to me. From there, I took those labels and stuck each label on a page. I found I needed to be careful not to smudge the ink while putting them on and not to crinkle the stickers as I laid them down.
However, I realized that this is a boardbook for a baby. It is going to get sucked, chewed, drooled, and spit-up on - among other things, I am sure. And my printer is ink...that smears. These books weren't going to work as just a sticker with ink slapped on the book. So I found some one-sided self-laminating sheets. I cut them to appropriate sizes (or rather, my brother did) and then we covered each sticker with those. Now they are more "baby-proof!" I was thrilled. The "My Book of Shapes" has its flaws, for sure - crinkled stickers, some smeared ink, and crinkled laminating sheets... But all around, I think it is a great "first-made board book" and I still plan on using it for my little boy.
Then I started working on the ones I REALLY wanted. The one I wanted to share with you all today is the "Daddy & Me" book. Since my husband is gone so much, I wanted to have a book that I could read to our little guy every evening about him and his daddy on the nights that daddy cannot be there to tuck him in to bed. So I made one. I haven't finished it, as I wanted to save some space for upcoming times. Because of this, I left three blank pages and the back of the board book for new events that I am sure will happen shortly. :) The first 7 pages and the front of the boardbook I completed. There are some flaws, for sure. Still some crinkled stickers and laminating sheets -- but definitely NOT as many as the shapes book. And all around -- I LOVE it. I thought you would like to see it, too.
Hope you enjoy it! I am in the process of making a "My Family" book for our little one now - featuring a page for us (my husband and I), and then one page for each of his grandparents, aunts, and uncles. I am excited to see how it turns out! :)