My plan to commemorate a year of blog posts was simple: update my profile photo to reflect my current, non-pregnant self (I've been non-pregnant for last 9 months, which is a record for me lately, so it's about time for a new photo) and identify the last year's most popular posts. I failed to take a new self-portrait (I'll get around to it soon) but did manage to look through my blog statistics and update the "Popular posts" column on the right-hand sidebar. I love that a short essay I wrote about my grandma almost a year ago is still one of the most viewed items.
And with that, I'm moving on to board books. We love them. We can't rip them. We can't eat them. We can flip through them before our fine motor skills are very developed. Last year, one of my nieces received a beautiful board book as a gift from one of her other aunties, who made it using My Custom Story. After admiring the book for a year, I finally ventured to My Custom Story to make a board book for my girls as a Christmas gift. (Nope, the company isn't sponsoring this post. I'm just a fan.)
Below left: Front cover. Below right: Back cover.
I needed a theme. Since the girls get a kick out of photos of themselves and their family, I decided to document the origins of our family. The plot is simple. Mom and Dad met and got married. Cricket arrived. Nora arrived. And they all loved each other and had lots of adventures together.
The software is a bit clunky but manageable, and you can either pre-design your pages or plug your photos into a variety of layouts. It isn't cheap to have the book printed, but the print quality is impressive and the books make great gifts.
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