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Sunday, March 4, 2012

A Birthday Book




Last week saw us celebrate becoming a two vehicle family and also a special birthday. Miss E has turned FOUR!
I am so grateful for photos which help us remember those precious early days. Miss E was 5 days old when I took this one (and many more). As with all our children, we chose not to know their gender before birth, leaving that secret as a surprise, a reward to look forward to at the birth. She was over 4kg/9lb and simply beautiful in every way.




After the success of the Christmas Shutterfly calendars and a family yearbook which I made through Blurb, I thoroughly enjoyed creating a special little book for Miss E, celebrating her year of being three. This time I used Shutterfly for which I had a good discount. If international postage was cheaper I would create books more often.




Blurb and Shutterfly work differently to each other, yet I have been pleased with the quality and service of both.  Most the photos I planned to use I had previously uploaded to Shutterfly's free online storage facility. This made the book creation process much quicker.




I chose a large, easy-to-read font as I hope Miss E will learn to read her own special book. For now she loves to "read" it making up her own sentences to fit the photos.




Another chocolate cake which Miss E very enthusiastically helped Miss E (19) to make, ice and decorate. She was also very determined to cut the cake into pieces, rapidly wielding a large, sharp knife.......thankfully she let someone else help in the end!

Sharing at And Then She Snapped.

38 comments:

Sylvia K said...

A very Happy Birthday to Miss E! What a beautiful baby she was and what beautiful young lady she is! I made no effort to find out ahead of time what gender my four children were either. They were each a miracle as I had been told I would never be able to have a child -- let alone four! Your pictures are so delightful! Thank you for sharing the fun and the excitement! The books look wonderful and so does the cake!! Hope all of your family have a wonderful and blessed Sunday, Karen!

Sylvia

Marty said...

happy birthday Miss E! I really love these images ! the book seems to be wonderful and the cake too !!!
I wish you and your lovely family a happy sunday
kisses from France

Joyful said...

Beautiful photos and beautiful memories for you and your family and Miss E to enjoy. Happy Birthday to the young girl!

Nadege, said...

Happy Birthday Miss E. A beautiful photobook for a gorgeous little girl.

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Cute birthday girl !

Gabi said...

Piękny album i wszystkiego najlepszego pięknej Miss E...
Pozdrawiam.

geanina said...

happy birthday Miss E!:))

s.c said...

That will be a nice remembrance in the future. Well done.

Mathilda said...

Was für eine wunderschöne Idee und Happy Birthday dem hübschen Geburtstagskind.

LG Mathilda

Giga said...

Jesteś wspaniałą i pomysłową Mamą. Śliczną książeczkę dostała córka na urodziny. Pannie E życzę, żeby w życiu ją tylko szczęście spotykało. Pozdrawiam serdecznie. *** You are a wonderful and imaginative mother. Daughter got a pretty little book for my birthday. Miss E I wish that in my life met her only happiness. Best regards.

dandelion67 said...

The nice thing about motherhood is just not knowing the sex of the unborn child.
This allows us to live our waiting with a sense of magical euphoria.
Conlo passage of time, imagination and increases the moment of birth acquires an added value.
The idea of the picture book is wonderful and the girl he seems excited and delighted at the same time.
Congratulations Karen.
A beautiful walk / photo experience.
Serena Sunday ...
Niki

Madge Bloom said...

Very sweet!

Liz said...

Happy birthday to little Miss E. The photo memories are such treasures, aren't they?
Your book gift to her is such a wonderful idea. How wonderful for her to have this. You are so creative and talented.

Angie said...

Awwww... What a precious sweet girl. Happy Birthday to Miss E and I love these photos and your beautiful words. My son will soon turn 17 and I always write something special for him too. I love your blog and have missed reading it. Happy Sunday to you and yours. Angie :) xo

Marie said...

Happy Birthday Miss E!!! That's a wonderful gift for her. And I love the shot of her with her cake! But that baby picture of her just made me want another grandbaby so badly! :-) Alas, we have one grandchild and there won't be any more. I do miss his sweet cuddly baby phase sometimes, but I adore the kid he is now!

hawknitr13 said...

happy birthday, miss E!!! (maybe belated by the time you read this!)
i hope you had a wonderful day! your baby photo was just precious! and you're growing into a very pretty little girl!! you will have a unique collection of your 'own' books if your mom continues that special tradition for you!! your cake looks yummy too!!! ^)^linda

Nona said...

Happy Birthday Miss E. So beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with us all.

Barb said...

A very Happy Birthday to a lovely child. I make books for my Grandchildren, too - they love seeing the photos and "reading" what I've written. That cake looks extra-yummy!

Cathy said...

Your little bundle of joy, is that a cross stitched pocket I see on her sleeper? She has grown into an even larger bundle of joy. You give such celebration of her life, how special she is to her Creator and the famiy He especially chose for her.

I have seen those books made by others though I have yet to make one. I still prefer the old fashion hand done scrapbooks for my children. Yet I am sorely behind! Your way seems more doable.

I love and appreciate each and every one of your thoughtful comments.

Branson said...

I love shutterfly books! My little guy loves to look at the one we made of his first week. I have sooo many photos it is hard to narrow them down to fit into books, lol.

thefisherlady said...

What a wonderful way to celebrate!
My heart bursts for all the love your family shares together. Your photos and story are ... just perfect!

Reena Walkling said...

What a great b-day present! Happy birthday Miss E!

Rena said...

What cutie pics! And what a lovely idea, to make that book. I have shutterfly and even began making a book for my DH, I really should finish it.

Linda R said...

Miss E is so darn cute.. I just love that beautiful hair of hers.. What a great Birthday present.

Hugs, Linda

Seeing Each Day said...

Oh my goodness - don't you just want to fly back to that moment when they're that tiny. How scrumptious she looked as a newborn. Four?! Can't quite comprehend that. Love the book you've made her - especially love that shot of her running in that blue dress. So far, even though I think it's limited in it's capacity compared to shutterfly, I've been using snapfish on the local front - they have lots of deals which if you create the book beforehand (which I never have) you can store it until the deal comes along.

MarieHarmony said...

A lovely birthday to miss E! The idea of a photo book is fabulous and the quality seems very good.
It is a real treat to go through each one of them from time to time and remember these priceless moments.

Pat said...

Happy Birthday to Miss E. Love the photo book - great idea!

Jo`s Garten said...

Happy Birthday to Miss E! I Think she will love the book.
I mad one for each of my sons when they get 18 years old. I hope they will look into them when they grow up to old men and remember our wonderful life together.

Love from Berlin

Jo

LadyFi said...

Miss E is a beauty!

EG Wow said...

They certainly do grow up fast, don't they? Congrats on the new car!

Riet said...

What a little beauty she is, Happy birthay to miss E

Wind-kissed said...

What blessings!

Connie Smiley said...

What a sweetheart! I'm sure she had a very special birthday with her own book. That's quite a treasure.

Gillian Olson said...

What a beautiful remembrance for her. Happy Birthday Miss E!

Zinnia said...

Beautiful hot images. They breathe love and warmth in your family. What a memory this book will be. I wish you a sköndag! Zinnia.

Ruby said...

Belated birthday wishes to Miss. E

Wenche said...

Happy birthday to Miss E :0)

Lisa RedWillow said...

Oh my goodness , This is the sweetest. Loved your images of family. I love all the blogs you put together as you know and I do know each visit will hold nothing but perfection.
hugs my friend.

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