Two weeks until my brother Roge, Shelly and Josh come to visit. I can’t wait. I haven’t seen Josh since April, and he’s turned three since then. Three is my favourite kids age, because its a time when they can hold conversations yet they are still trying to figure out the logic of the world. It’s at this age that they say the funniest things. I remember when my nephew Luke was three. During a car journey to Enniskillen someone said the phrase money doesn’t grow on trees, which obviously got Luke thinking. “Auntie Lesley”, says Luke, “where does money come from? After a second or two of thinking, I tried to choose my words carefully: “There are special factories called mints where people make the money”.
Luke: “Can I make the money?”
Me: “No, no; only special people can make the money”.
At this point, Luke looks to my mum in the drivers seat and pipes up “but Nannie Coalter, I AM special, aren’t I?”.
The kid had a point.
As I couldn’t spend the day with Josh on his third birthday :0( I spent the day thinking of him, or perhaps I should say crafting about him. I am constantly chasing and pestering my family to send me photos of all the kids so I can keep track of how big they’ve got and see how much they have changed as the weeks and months go by. So I made a little mini book showcasing a selection of the photos I had of Josh throughout the first 24 months of his life.
For the basis of the book, I used some papers from the My Minds Eye Bloom and Grow 6×6 paper pack. i love MME’s products and was delighted that I could get my hands on a small pack for an affordable price of £3.75. When it arrived I was surprised to see a sticker on the pack that said that this pack is a UK and Europe exclusive pack. I’d never seen that before.
I was also pleasantly surprised to see that the pack was mixed with single sided paper, double sided paper, lightweight patterned cardstock and embossed papers. What a bargain, and such great designs.
This mini book was also a great opportunity for me to use the new journaling stamps I bought on holiday. I think they are awesome, and i can’t get enough of them. they are made by ‘Tampons maniak’ and I have found a site that sells them if you want to get your hands on them, just click here.
Hope you enjoy looking through the photos and please leave me a comment here.
My Minds Eye Bloom & grow 6×6 paper pack
American Crafts thickers
Journaling stamps from Tampons maniak
Journaling cards from Toga
Martha Stewart’s Butterfly punch
Heroarts flourish stamp
Selection of Studio G acrylic stamps
Selection of Basic grey alphabet stickers
Heidi Swapp Writers Block journaling spots
Making Memories tiny alphas
Dragonfly stamp – free with Simply Stamping magazine
Tree stamp – Imaginisce
Bind it all
I love your mini books Lesley – the recipients are so lucky to get them. What a difference in some ways from the beginning photo to the end but then in other ways he almost hasn’t changed at all… if that makes sense. Gorgeous book 🙂 Love all the little touches as always.
I was looking through your older posts and I love this mini album! it’s just so bright and happy, like your nephew josh. keep up the good work!