Baby memory book - the Illustrations

Did you ever have an idea for a great project? Did you follow through with it? What was it like in the end, like you thought or different...better maybe?

My idea was to create a baby keepsake book! My inspiration - my babies of course- when Skyler 2 yrs. old and Julia was 2 months old. I started thinking about how Skyler had a photo album that I made (of course, I am a bookbinder), an iPhoto book of my favorite first year pictures, AND I had a little journal that I wrote all the milestones and moments in. I didn't want to have 3 separate books for Julia too....

The thinking started and the project officially began 2 years later in the summer of 2012. 

 Baby Keepsake Book - inspiration from letterpress images that I love and things I did with my own kids when they were little.

Baby Keepsake Book - inspiration from letterpress images that I love and things I did with my own kids when they were little.

The original photo above is my daughter in Boston at the Rings Fountain on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. I wanted the illustration to capture the fun toddlers have with water play. But instead of being in a fountain like above I wanted it to be bubbles. 

 This is the final illustration that we used on the "How We Spent our Days" page and on the box cover. 

This is the final illustration that we used on the "How We Spent our Days" page and on the box cover. 

There is a property near us called Long Hill in Beverly, MA. We've been bringing the girls there since they were born. Now they hike, but when we first started we had them in the backpack. I would alway say "There's my favorite tree. Do you know what kind it is?" They know now that it's a copper beach. When I was designing the pages for the book I knew immediately that this was my family tree. 

 My Family Tree - a STUNNING copper beach. 

My Family Tree - a STUNNING copper beach. 

 The finished Family Tree illustration. I'm so proud of how amazing this turned out!

The finished Family Tree illustration. I'm so proud of how amazing this turned out!

I was so thrilled with my frog photo (also from Long Hill) showing this little guy's crazy foot. It wasn't this frog pond, but the one around the corner that my Julia, the ever curious toddler, FELL into. I am not the mom that carries an extra change of clothes in the car so we stripped her down and wrapped her up in my husband's t-shirt. 

 This is the illustration that we ended up with based on my photograph. I just love the flowers, the rain,  the expressions on both the moms face and the baby's, AND those crazy frog feet. 

This is the illustration that we ended up with based on my photograph. I just love the flowers, the rain,  the expressions on both the moms face and the baby's, AND those crazy frog feet. 

Below are some of the other images that we created. I'm so thankful to Malathip Kriheli and Carrie Tomaschko, the amazing artists that brought my vision to life.