One of the things Rugrat received for Easter was a hardback photobook that was completely about her. It had pictures of pretty much everyone in her family and extended family.
It was written storybook style and quickly became her favorite book. Because it was hardback, it stood up to her constant handling. And that of course made it even more like a story book.
She routinely asks for it as a bedtime story and still is just in love with every picture in it. She even comments about every page when we read it.
When Chick and Dude were little, I tried making similar things for them. Unfortunately, we didn't have Shutterfly and Vistaprint and so forth then. And to order such a thing would have been crazy expensive then anyway.
So I used markers and decorative printer paper to make pages. I glued on pictures and then covered the whole page in clear contact paper.
I made the little storybooks and put them in three ring binders when the clasp folders I put them in initially fell apart. They still loved them but they weren't anywhere near as sturdy.
These photobooks are truly cool in my opinion -- a better version of those attempts.
Right now, in case you haven't heard, you can use the code "Summerbook" to get a free 8x8 one. You only pay shipping.
So, for the next holiday or special event, Rugrat will receive the second book in her little series.
But since she can't read the blog yet, I figured it would be okay to give you a sneak peek.
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