Although this mini-album for my Father-in-Law was given as a gift for Father's Day 2009, I wanted to share it with you today. You might be wondering, "Why today?" No special reason other than I think that it's a gift that takes a little time, time to get the photos together that is. There are three months until Christmas, so time you do have.
This would be a gift to your father-in-law at any time of the year that would be treasured more than any expensive trinket you could purchase. Trust me. When I presented this to Gordon's Dad, he was quite touched. From the cover photo above, you can see that it has seen some wear and tear. And I love that it gets looked at. Makes my heart happy.
And, even though I have gifted my mother-in-law with many a special mini-album as a gift, she looked at this album lovingly and in a way that I thought that she might like something like this for herself one day. Who wouldn't like an album full of Papa/Nana/Oma photos with the grandkids over the years?
Throughout the album, all the patterned papers are from K & Company as are the small journaling spots and the cardstock is WorldWin. The brown gingham ribbon is from Hobby Lobby, the heart punch is from Paper Shapers. I used pop dots behind each of the sentiments/quotes on each left side page and I used a brown Zig marker.
Left side and right side of the first spread which documents Papa's first meeting with each of his two dear granddaughters. There's no baby photo of Zach with Papa as the first time they met, Zach was already six years old. Zach is my son from a previous marriage and Nana and Papa have throughly enjoyed getting to know Zach and have loved him since day one.
|ADORE bingo card (Jenni Bowlin)|
|circle stamp (Micheal's Dollar Bin) + date stamp|
Left side and right side of second spread. Lucky to have a Papa that really spends time with the kids. He loves to teach them some of the simple things he learned growing up in our mountains, like making a turkey call with a branch and a leaf.
|apple card (October Afternoon?) + letter U (American Crafts?)|
Left side and right side of third spread showcases some Zach and Papa time. Zach's most favorite gift ever came from Papa.
|remember card (October Afternoon)|
|I was so not loving that live snake Papa just had to show Zach this long ago afternoon.|
Left side and right side of spread highlighting time that Little Bit and Papa have spent together.
The page design is repeated throughout the album, which is a timesaver. The pages could be made ahead so that you can print the photos you might be taking for this album at a later date. You could even do it assembly line style and make several at once and gift one to each grandparent or set of grandparents.
I found a few of my quotes online by doing a search for Grandparent quotes and some of them I had in a notebook that houses my quote selections.
You can see what I mean about the time factor. It does take a little planning, so start NOW by taking photos of the men in your life with the kids/grandkids/nieces/nephews and make your own treasured gift in time for holiday gift giving.