It’s my niece’s first Christmas, she’ll be almost five months by the time December 25th rolls around, so I wanted to give her something special. As a writer and book-lover I wanted to combine both of my passions to give her a gift that she can appreciate as she gets older. Yes, I could get her toys or dolls or stuffed animals, but I could get her that any time I want. For Christmas I decided to make her a book and after wracking my brain over what kind of book to make her or how to do it, I found Shutterfly.
With so many sizes and styles it was super easy to create a beautiful photo-book for my niece. I love all of the idea pages, background colours, and embellishments, it allowed me to create something that I love and that I hope my niece will love too.
BUT I couldn’t just throw a bunch of photos the the two of us in a book, I needed some direction. So, I wrote her a little poem. On each page I typed out a different stanza and tried to find a photo of her (or the two of us) that matched. The poem is actually a letter that I wrote for her, that I planned on giving her when she got older. It’s all of my hopes and dreams and good wishes for my darling niece. It’s something I hope she can look back on and read over and over again when the sky is tray I hope she’ll appreciate and enjoy it, and maybe it will make her day. It’s something tangible that will remind her how much I believed in her from the moment I laid eyes on her.
I hope you go outside to play
shoes off in summer rain
feel the grass between your toes
feel the sun and rain upon your face
I hope you lay down on the grass
to see the great big sky
see the clouds change from shape to shape
right before your eyes
I hope you love your body
that lovely skin you’re in
don’t let them question your beauty
you’re even prettier than YOU think!
I hope you find your voice
and talk all of the time
I’d rather hear your angry thoughts
then to see you as a mime
My little niece stole my heart and this photo book is the perfect gift to remind her of that.
Read more on Vanessa’s blog at My Pen, My Voice.
Other Ways to Connect"Like" us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
Visit our YouTube Channel
Visit our Celebrations Digital Scrapbooking Blog