Tuesday, February 10, 2009

homemade children's books

monkey and dolphin books in + out by you.

Lately I've been wondering what to give to Adelaide's little friends at her birthday party this coming Sunday. I really am not fond of purchasing items that are eventually going to end up in a dumpster somewhere, and so I wanted to try to give the children something that hopefully they will be able to use and enjoy beyond a sunday afternoon birthday party. And I also wanted to try and make the goodies myself using inexpensive materials that I had on hand.

Because I've had several parents ask me about Adelaide's favourite crayons - a kind of children's wax and oil based crayon from Japan - I got the idea to give out small packs of these crayons in the birthday goodie bags. And then I realised that I could make small children's scribbler books to go along with them!

To make the scribble books, I first scanned in some animals from the pages of one of Adelaide's colouring books that I picked up at Daiso for $2 but it is completely unmarked besides pictures and a bit of Japanese text. I wish that I made the illustrations myself - they are so very sweet! However, I did not due to lack of time and because these little books are for gifts and won't be sold.

note-books for first scribbles by you.

After scanning in several animals - Monkeys, Dolphins, Squirrels, Lions, Otters, and Penguins - I made a layout simply in photoshop using the typefaces Giddyup and Neutraface. And I added alphabets in both capital and lower-case letters on the back cover, too. Once Designed, I printed out on my desktop printer many covers onto random coloured card stock pages.

For the insides, I chose simple multi-coloured paper, along with some kraft, manila, and interlined paper as well. I randomly sorted them in stacks of 8 sheets, and along with a cover folded them in half to make 16 page books. Then, using a long-armed stapler (which I simply asked to borrow from my mom's work for a few days) I stapled the center fold line of each book twice.

I then added a length of librarian's book tape to the spine. With an xacto knife, I measured out 3/4" from the spine edge of the cover and marked two small marks with the blade. Then matching up the edge of the tape to the marks I laid the tape down, and then flipped and pressed it to the backside of the book. Last, using my Fiskars rotary paper cutter, I trimmed down the books to their final size - about 5x7"- and rounded the corners with my corner rounder. All Done!

These books are so incredibly simple and quick to make that I hope maybe you will make some for your little ones, too. They'd be great to kept in a small bag along with some crayons, ready for when you go out to a restaurant or coffee shop. Hopefully they can keep little ones occupied for even a short while!

But, I made too many! I have about a dozen or so leftover books that I'd like to give away. If you have or know a little one who would like to have a couple of them, please leave a comment and I will randomly select six or so children to send them to. Which animals would they choose? Which would you?

an otter book by you.

ps. Thank-you all so much for your many comments and sweet words. I have now gone through all the comments for my children's book giveaway, and I have tried my best to pick winners by matching their animal preferences with what books I had left. And the winners are:

Christine

Valerie

Tracey

Andrea Soos

LOLO+SPROUT

Alex

Joanna

The Flower Maiden

Julie E

If you are a winner and you haven't heard from me yet, please send me your mailing information so I can send your new book(s) to you!

184 comments:

Kate said...
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Kate said...

OMG, would you please come and move in with me and craft all day? Those are darling! I would LOVE to give those for my daughter's birthday this summer. I wish you were going to sell them! Lillie would love to have the penguin, dolphin, monkey or lion book! She loves to color. What are these crayons you're speaking of? Sound fun!

I'm at a loss for what to give for her pool party birthday in June. Any ideas?

betc said...

you so creative! i love the little books!! i would definitely choose the monkey and lion books for my two boys!

Milkybeer said...

I aint "lion", I think I "otter" quit "monkeying" around and write a comment so that I might get some of those adorable little books.

Milkybeer said...

I aint "lion", I think I "otter" quit "monkeying" around and write a comment so that I might get some of those adorable little books.

Joyce said...

What a very clever idea. I'm sure my little niece Carryn would love a monkey book. That's her nickname, "little monkely"
Thanks for adding me to your giveaway.

amanda said...

ooh, I would love to get the monkey one. my daughter loves making monkey sounds!

sasikirana@yahoo

Kyrie said...

What a great idea!!! I have two little girls who would love the dolphin and otter- they are great fans of sea creatures of all kinds. :)

I especially love the taped spine touch! Perfect.

Emmy said...

I think I may have commented once before on your blog. I love it. Something about it is so soothing and refreshing to me. Maybe it's the colors, your sweet Adelaide, or your great projects and activities. Thanks so much for sharing.

Those books are pretty much the cutest. My little 'H' man would roar for the lion and puff out his cheeks for the monkey.

Best

adalex72 said...

My little boy Adrien would love one of those books! If he could choose he would say, Monkey, Squirrel or Otter. I would say any, they are all gorgeous! I would love to make them myself, but it sounds far too technical for me, I will leave it to the expert.

andrea soos said...

oh they are so sweet! carson would love the monkey or the penguin book! he loves telling stories and illustrating...
these are fantastic!
andrea

16_sparrows said...

Lovely books & thanks for the tutorial. My cousin would love this. I think he'd go for the monkeys, but I'd go for the otters!

Tiny House said...

My son would love any of them--he loves animals!

Thea said...

These are such a great idea! I love that you are giving usable gifts as opposed to toys with a short use span and a long lifespan in the dump. My nieces would love these. One is obsessed with penguins and the other is a little monkey. Thanks for sharing.

Whitney said...

Those are so cute! I would choose the monkey for my son because he reminds me of one because he's so active.

Holly said...

the dolphins and monkeys are calling my name! you are so creative, i also hate those cheap plastic toys that are thrown out after the party. i would love to give these to my nephew (and keep one for me!)

thelady said...

these little books are lovely

Jennifer said...

They are all adorable! Great idea!

Valerie said...

My boy would LOVE LOVE LOVE the otters or the squirrels. Two favorites at our house.

Those are WAY too cute. You should be pretty pleased with yourself for coming up with such adorable and USABLE party favors.

Julia E said...

You are such an inspiration! These are fabulous. My son would love to color these - especially the monkeys or lions!

Josie said...

I love these. My guy used to be a "lion" now he is more of a "dolphin". A real swimmer. I think they are all great...soooo cute.

Heather said...

My little guys would love the monkey or penguins (I think they all are adorable!). These are a great idea for the wait before the food comes at a restaurant!

Elizabeth said...

This is about the cutest idea ever for a birthday party gift. Thank you! I would love to receive a book so I have have a first hand example to try to make something similar of my own. My boy Liam is very close in age to your daugheter, he is 19.5 months now and would love any animal, but is especially fascinated with otters.

Elizabeth

Maive said...

These are fantastic- my nieces and nephews would love any of them. I especially love the monkey, penguin and dolphin books

Siew said...

You make it sound so easy to produce such a fabulous little treat like this. I love how you reference everything with links and name the typeface that you use. I am a font freak and so appreciate that.

I have a little four year old that has discovered drawing in a HUGE way. She'd love one of these little books. What was the original colouring book?

Jennette said...

I would send these to my nephew, Jonas, who is three and loves animals. He's been visiting the zoo and identifying animals since before he could talk (he named the animals using sign language!)

They're so lovely!

Anonymous said...

hi,

cute books/ idea! my little boy would love one.

thanks,

cara

melissa f. said...

good lord, lady. you are so good it makes my head hurt a little.

Nicole said...

What a cute idea. I love the monkey.

Jules said...

Such a great idea! My Nico turned two yesterday (Feb. 9th) and my 4 year old, Mikey, both love to color. It's their favorite activity, actually. :) They are very sweet boys, and would appreciate and cover. They are not picky, and neither am I.

Great job! :)

Alex said...

They are darling and such a wonderful idea! I think parents really appreciate gifts with such thought and purpose. The squirrel book would be a hit around here.

Alissa Nicolau said...

Please, oh please move on down to NY and be my neighbor! Hugo would flip for any ole animal cover you might choose! His 3rd birthday is in April and I need all the ideas I can get. Thank you for your continued inspiration.

Carla said...

All I can say is WOW. You have such good ideas!! My little G would love these. I wouldn't mind taking them to class either! They are all so cute. I love the lion and monkey.

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

Your books are darling! I really hope I win!

Casey said...

these are seriously cute books! If I could make these really good, my oldest would want the dolphins and my middle would want the monkeys :)

insaknitty said...

these are so sweet! my daughter would love one! she is really into notebooks!

stephanie said...

So sweet! My little girl would love any of them - how could you not?! Just darling!

Meghan said...

Crossing my fingers for my daughter, Maggie, and the adorable squirrels. Beautiful work!

Lovely Little Lovelies said...

ack! these are so good. my addie would love the penguin or monkey coloring book.

lauralita said...

I LOVE these!!

I would be honored to share them with one or more lucky students in my preschool class of 4! Um... or I might snag a monkey one for myself. :)

SalGal said...

Your daughter is so lucky to have a mom who is so creative!

Ema said...

I love cray-pas! They are the best. And your books are VERY charming.

Anonymous said...

Adorable as always! I would give the monkey to my niece!

Esther L.

ines said...

ok, it's official, i love your blog and all your wonderful tutorials and all the very thoughtful and lovely things you do for your sweet adelaide. i know my guy would love any one of these darling books. thanks for including me in the giveaway.
ines

Lovely Paper said...

this is so sweet! i'm not entering my name because i don't know of any little kids, but i just wanted to say that these are too cool!

Lindsay said...

Those are so precious! You are so talented :)

Ema said...

I posted my comment without telling you about the possible recipient of the lovely books -- I just had lunch with her and her mother and she very much needed a little book to scribble in. Lunches can be sooo boring. She is almost five (75 days to go - a fact we established during lunch) and her name is Amelia and she is very clever and sweet. My little one is still too little I think (not quite 8 months!) but he'll have cray-pas in his future that is for sure. Sounds like Addy will have a super fab party.

MelancholySmile said...

As always, you are so creative! I love the little squirrels, and I think my children would love them as well.

marcia said...

hello
the notebooks are really cute. i might try and make a similar thing for myself.
i had those crayons as i kid and i remember i loved their texture. :)

katie.t. said...

These are so darling! I have no kids of my own but work with special needs children who would adore these notebooks! They are all beautiful.

Katie

Jenny said...

i wish i was your daughter! margot would love these!

kim said...

ooh I have a few little scribblers who would love a little scribbler! Especially my princess who spends hours and hours with her crayons and whatever surface she can use them on.

Virginia said...

I'm inspired by your work....I wish I was as creative. I would love these books for my son, my niece and my nephew!!

ann said...

These books are lovely, the monkeys are especially cute. Love the idea of working with what you've already got. I'm in charge of Valentine favors for a class of first graders this week and I think I will be borrowing your idea. Thank you!

quilterlee said...

How clever! I am as always inspired.

Anonymous said...

My little one would adore one of your books, but who wouldn't? ;)

Love them.

Chris

Tracey said...

So cute! My daughter would love the lions as she is cat crazy even though (and probably because) we have 4 whacky dogs...

Kathi said...

How lovely! My niece, Jordyn, loves to color with Cray-Pas. The otter is soooo cute.

Melissa of {craftgasm} said...

My boyfriend's little brother LOVES to color; I made him a coloring book using family pictures in Photoshop for Christmas, but he doesn't want to color it because it's his family and he thinks it should be a memory book (despite our assertions to the contrary). So I'd love to give him one of these lovelies instead!

Thanks for giving these away!

Sara said...

Oh, wow! These books are just sweet. Everything you do is just sweet! My daughter would love one of these books to journal her thoughts and sketches in.
You're so generous!
saradegrace@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

such beautiful creations! my sons would LOVE to draw in these workbooks (as would i, since i love paper goods). my 3 yo would choose the dolphin and my 1 yo would choose the lion. btw - what coloring book did you get the illustrations from-they are so cute! thanks! hip.umma(at)gmaildotcom.

Jace Meyer said...

As a teacher- I would love love love one! :)

The Flower Maiden said...

My daughter would love one of these! They are so adorable! She's big into monkeys and lions right now. I don't know where you such adorable ideas! I'm jealous! :)

Jaime said...

It can be so difficult to find something to send home from a birthday party - these are lovely! My boys would especially love the monkey!

Niella said...

these are very very sweet! so are you to be having a sweet lil' giveaway too.

heehee...love the lil' otters + monkeys:)

Donna said...

I think my little gal Margo would love to colour these. She just did a week of learning about penguins at her daycare so I think she would appreciate that one. But she loves all animals. Just found your blog tonight. It's pretty and I'll be bookmarking!

michelle g. said...

These are so lovely and so thoughtful! My little girl would love them...probably the dolphin best because she loves the water. Thanks! I love your blog!

shim + sons said...

I love your homemade books. I just bought some yellow book binder's tape the other day and was planning to make little books for Big J's birthday party favors. I'm going to have to check out those crayons...they look fantastic! I hope Miss A has a wonderful birthday party!!!

Deb said...

These are so lovely, and I think I could almost make them. thanks for the fantastic idea. My little boy loves penguins and monkeys if we are so lucky to be chosen!!

Melissa said...

These turned out so cooll!!! I LOVE your design style. If I win, do I have to share with my kids? :) I love them all.

Anonymous said...

My little one would probably love the otter. I like them all - especially the penguins. :)

-Katie
kmstoker@ufl.edu

Kate said...

wow, these are TOO cute. I love the otters, but those squirrels come in a close second!

L O L O + S P R O U T said...

thank you for these sweet little books! i've been procrastinating myself about making scribble books for my kids. my daughter would love the dolphins and my son would love the otters.

The Lenart's said...

Definitely Monkeys. I call my son Monkey Doodle. Have no idea where it came from . At almost 4 yrs old he loves it as he knows it is a special name for him from me. Thank you for giving some away. You have an amazing talent.

Anonymous said...

I would love to see photos of the finished goody bags when they're done, Sharilyn. I know they'll be gorgeous!

The Kernses said...

I would love a book for my daughter Violet. Any of them would make her (and me) happy!

Emma said...

Oh, these are sooo lovely! Thank you for sharing =-)

Emma said...

Oops! I commented before I realized there was a giveaway. My neice would adore the kittens!

Posy Quarterman said...

My sweet little Franny is just learning to color and loves animals. These books are gorgeous. Thanks for the chance to win one!!

amy said...

i run a small preschool in CA and the kids would love those. i really want to make them.....if only i had more time.....dream!!!

naomiiesha said...

wow, the notebooks are AMAZINGGGGGG.! i'm somewhat craft challenged, but i love seeking out handmade goods for my friends and family, especially my little cousins. my little cousin "lizzy boo" has a birthday coming up and this would be a perfect gift because she loves to draw, write out bread-and-butter letters, and loves loves loves animals. she'd like the squirrel or monkey notebook.

p.s. being part japanese, i grew up on cray-pas, so your daughter has awesome taste.!

arigatou gozaimasu.!

Hege said...

So cute!
My youngest boy are all into animals now - all kinds of animals, so he'd be thrilled to win one of these :)

Jenny said...

These are wonderful books! As always, you seem to have considered and perfected every little aspect of the design. Truly lovely!

Kleine Schätzchen said...

what a cute idea! I guess every member of our little family would choose the monkeys. I do not even know if little henri knows otters already (not many otters around here in Germany :) ).
Have a lovely day!
J

Stay-see. said...

Pretty notebooks!
i love the ones with cute lill otters!

p/s hope Adelaide will have a wonderful birthday!

Priscilla said...

they are lovely, well done!
my little daughter would love any of those, if we get lucky :-)
Kristina
priscillacraft.blogspot.com

Priscilla said...

sorry, I forgot: how are Adelaide's eyes?
Kristina

kribss said...

what a crafty, fantastic idea- my daughter would love any one of these cute lil' critters!

Gül said...

Dear Sharilyn!

You are always so generous!

I wish one this lovely designs of yours could make its way to my best freinds boy- 2,5 years old. I have no preference about the cover, since alll are so pretty! :o)

Thank you for adding me on your give away pool.

amber said...

these are soooo sweet! the squirrels are my most favorite, but my daughter would fall in love with the monkeys!! :)

you're awesome! hope you guys have a fabulous party!!

JJB said...

I love creative party favors like this. Got any great ideas for the Mardi Gras open house that I'm throwing next weekend... :)

But as to the coloring books--they're darling. My 5 year old nephew would love the squirrel one. However, I wouldn't be able to resist the penguins--I mean, who can resist penguins???

Michelle S said...

These are so darling. And would so come in handy for my two little ones. They are particulary fond of monkeys and squirrels

Kari Lee said...

Your books are so adorable! I've been wanting to make books like that for some time and just never know where to start. Today I'm off to the store for supplies! Thanks for the inspiration and how to!

They are all so darling, but I am particularly fond of the squirrels, monkeys and dolphins. Way sweet!

the adairs said...

my little friend Connor would love any animal!

jess said...

Those ARE adorable, and I'm going to try to make some for my boys. What an excellent idea! This is why I love the blogger world.

quietly going mad... said...

My nephew would love one of these! They look so adorable!

Casey said...

all of them are so great. love the variety of color! I know a little one that would love the monkey one.. or dolphin... thank you for another give away!

knguyen said...

Sharilyn, I am amazed that you make the time as a busy mom to work on these amazing projects. How lucky are we?

My youngest loves animals and would love the penguin and squirrel one!

Anonymous said...

i just happen to know of 3 little sweet ones who could put these to good use!

fingers crossed!!
a

katepanke said...

These are the cutest thing ever. They give me inspiration, as I work at a children's educational/toy store and I'm the designer. So CUTE!!!

Anonymous said...

WIll you share what coloring book these illustrations came from? They are so simple-i love them!

Mattie

Jaclyn said...

So cute! I love the squirrels and I think my Annabelle would love any one of them!

Anonymous said...

My daughter who just turned 3 loves monkeys. She loves Curious George, perhaps because her dad's name is Jorge. I personally think those sea otters are adorable!
Cute and useful idea. :)
Jennifer @ a9amethyst@aol.com

Samantha Spartichino said...

Hello, I couldn't find an email address for you, so I will ask my question to you here, hope you don't mind. I was looking at the quilt you made for your daughter and want to make one similar for my son. You mention that you used natural muslin, but the muslin I find is very thin and quite unsuitable for a quilt, can you advise me on what type to use? Thank you for your help.

Samantha Spartichino said...

Sorry I forgot to leave my email address: dasspart@hotmail.com

Heidi said...

What a cute idea! My son's bday is today and I wanted to avoid the goodie bags for his party, but ran out of time/steam to do anything creative so I went the crappy toy destined for landfill route. I may have to try something like this in June for my other son's birthday.

Sarah P said...

You inspire me. My son is a few months younger than Adelaide and I have learned so much from you. Thank you dearly from one mama to another.

Anonymous said...

My little monkey would love one of these!!!
-Angela

Maira said...

My little sister would LOVE one of these! She is just learning to speak and loves when I read her animal books!

valerie said...

utterly obsessed! i would use them at work...and be completely okay with it! xo

Jersey Girl in DC said...

These are so great! I love the squirrels, penguins, and seals and they'd be a perfect gift for a little someone I know :) Thanks for such a nice giveaway!

Ambi said...

My 4-year old son who LOVES animals and now loves to write would absolutely adore your scribblers! What a wonderful idea and craft.

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Rik said...

Oh my nieces would LOVE these! They love all things animal! Those squirrels are so dang cute - all of them are!

Lindsey said...

Oh, I just love this idea! I teach high school art, so don't get to make such cute goodies often.

My entry into your giveaway is for my 2 nephews and niece in Israel. They are in Kindergarten and preschool and their schools don't have many resources at all. The kids bring scrap paper from home to do their homework on, drawing and writing on the backs of used paper. I would love to be able to send their preschool something as lovely as your books to draw in, or at least my little nephews and nieces.

Thank you for your generosity, your heart is big and your imagination full.

Me? A Mom? said...

Everything you do is so lovely. I wish I had just an ounce of your creativity. My oldest daughter Lila would adore one of these books, that is after I kept it for myself for a few months to just admire it's adorableness - is that a word? It is now.

jenny said...
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jenny said...

My Emma would love a book. She enjoys drawing and scribbling. I am always looking for something she can do while in the car. Thank you for sharing your creativity.

kiddlebug said...

Those are great! What a fab idea. My kids are always looking for notebooks to write their secrets in.

ginny said...

My two little nieces would love these.

sunny said...

Exquisite books! And you just created them. I admire you for that! Beautiful.

My niece and nephews would adore me if I gave them these!!!

Diana said...

Please tell me you didn't round the corners on each and every inside page....aughhhhh
As always, your concepts are sweetly perfect.
But no Canada link for the librarian tape?

Breezy Babies said...

great idea! I would love to make books like this. Thanks for posting the directions.
That way we can make some if we don't win.
We have 3 kids that love to color and we like all animals

Breezy Babies said...

great idea! I would love to make books like this. Thanks for posting the directions.
That way we can make some if we don't win.
We have 3 kids that love to color and we like all animals but the penguins and squirrels are especially cute!

Lin said...

These are so lovely! I would love to have these for my own children, however with the recent bush fires in southern Australia I realise that there are so many children who have lost everything. Sooooo, if I win the giveaway I would like to donate them to Meet Me At Mikes (http://meetmeatmikes.blogspot.com) who is collecting hand made items for those who have lost so much. Cheers!

Julie said...

These are so sweet! My girls would love them. And what a great idea for favors.

Ali said...

I know a little two year old named Olivia that would love these! She is already so creative! I am sure she would love all of the animals, but I bet her favorite would be squirrels and lions. So sweet of you to offer!

mchen said...

Absolutely adorable and a wonderful idea for kiddos! I love the monkeys just cuz, the otters because they hold hands, the dolphins because they are such amazing animals... heck though, they're all so dang cute!

I don't have kids (yet ;) but many of my friends do. I'd be a very popular Auntie Em if I handed these out!

m@mchenwears.com

Khinna said...

These books are adorable. My two children are still babies, but I would love to hand some out to the little ones in my Church, or play group! So creative.

Khinna said...

These books are adorable. My two children are still babies, but I would love to hand some out to the little ones in my Church, or play group! So creative.

minimood said...

wow...those are so great and adorable!!
I did a lot of craft projects with my little one too. My little really enjoys that. your little one is so lucky to have a mom like you!!

Jenn said...

These are adorable and look so professional. What book did you get them from. I would love to have them up on my craft room wall :P My son however I know would LOVE to have a book or two. He is never without a pencil and paper. Any animal would be loved However mama is partial to squirrels :P

Rebecca said...

Thank you for sharing. I love these! I want one...or all of them. I know my daughter would love to practice her words and draw some bunnies in one of these. But then her brother would probably want one too. I think she would choose the squirrel or maybe the otter? (I would ask her but it is almost midnight). My son would like the monkey one. Have a lovely party!

human being said...

These are darling! I work with low-income kids, and I know they would love these books too. Thanks for some much needed inspiration.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing all the steps for this with us - these books are just great! If you know, could you please tell me the name of Adelaide's colouring book where you got the pictures, or where it is from? It looks like a great one for animal loving kids.
Thank you - and thank you for your blog generally I really love it - it really, really makes me smile.
donnhann@yahoo.com

doubleindemnity said...

ahhh, the sweetness is unbearable! those are the cute wee books. she's so very lucky. she might be a little young for it, but does adelaide like books from the golden imprint? my parents used to buy workbooks (math, phonics, etc) and they had the best drawings and stickers. these images remind me of those workbooks.

Becca said...

these are beautiful! you are SO talented. I would choose the monkey one-so cute! Kai would choose the squirrel one i think..she loves watching the squirrels from our windows at the moment. so kind of you to offer them up to giveaway! thank you!

Jeannie said...

What a simple and wonderful idea. These remind me of the small workbooks I scribbled in when I was a kid -- except these are much more lovely to look at! My daughter would probably make a beeline toward the lion and the squirrel, and I would make a similar beeline toward the otters!

Mara said...

Beautiful little books. Please put my name in the hat for a little book. I'd love to give one to my niece when she comes over for a sleep over weekend! Many thanks!

Anonymous said...

Love the penguins super cute. Thanks for the idea.
Meghan
megsinhi@aol.com

Anonymous said...

Hi,
these books look adorable! I'm writing you from Germany so I don't know wether it's possible to receive some but my son would love them. He really likes monkeys: every evening before he goes to bed he jumps on our arms and tells us to carry him like a monkey.Me I love them all but especially the squirrels. You have done a wonderful job.
Anna Larissa

snow white said...

You are so very talented. Thank you for sharing how you made them, so inspiring. Adelaide's friends are going to be thrilled. My little stan (19 months)absolutely loves penguins ever since we discovered the animation and book 'Lost and Found' by Oliver Jeffers. Do you know it? Thank you for the give-away.

Stephanie H. said...

Oh, such a lovely design, as usual! They have a sweet vintage feel to them :) I'd never be able to choose- they are all so cute!

Krista Johnson said...

they are so amazing. you make it all sound so easy. you really should sell them.

my two little boys would love them. i love the squirel but i know they would love the lion and the monkey or the dolphins. heck-they would love any of them!

Christine said...

These are adorable!! What an amazing idea. Can you come to Portland in June for my daughter's birthday party?! ;-) I think that she might choose the squirrel or dolphin. Just lovely!

Sandee said...

I want to make these books! Did you use a scrapbook corner rounder, or something else? So so cute.

Marjorie said...

You are crazy talented and you make it seem so simple! Adorable!

Kasey said...

i love these! what a wonderful treat.
I'm off to peruse your lovely blog....
xoxo

joanna said...

wow, so many comments already!! but i do hope we got chosen!! ^__^

siu momo would probably love monkeys!!

thank you for being so generous!

K said...

These are wonderfully cute!

Patagonia Mum with Baby said...

Lovely books, lovely idea!
I would like to do something similar for my son's 2nd birthday in June, but here it is colder in the south in June. Maybe I can make them with Australian animals....
Have a happy Birthday Adelaide!

Shael said...

My daughter Ophelia is a big fan of penguins and monkeys :0) So blinkin' creative!

marcy wacker said...

these are so precious. you are so creative and i love how you use what you have on hand and come up with something amazing. you are such an inspiration to me. thanks for always being so free with sharing your ideas.

shandam said...

Dear Sharilyn,
Your blog has inspired me to do a "art" themed birthday party for my daughter "Addie's" first birthday in May (My daughter's name is Addison, but we also call her Addie, just like yours!). The theme will be "cupcakes and colors" and each child will receive a waist apron, and we are having a "color buffet" (inspired by your tray of coloring goodies for Adelaide) in which they can select art "tools" to fill their aprons with. We are also having a play clay station (inspired by your play clay date). I was also thinking of making our own notepads, since they are economical, and when I saw this blog on your homemade scribble books, I was floored! They are SO incredibly cute and I wish I could do the same. Unfortunately I am not nearly as talented as you. Anyhow, if our name is drawn through serendipity, my own little Addie would be so lucky to have such whimsical scribble book! She particularly is drawn to penguins and always enjoys staring at her penguin touch and feel flashcard :o)
Thank you for always inspiring me, as a mommy :o)
-shandis

jessie said...

Hello, I just have to say Adelaide is the cutest!!! She is one lucky girl to have a crafty mom like you. My birthday is the same day and i have to say red and blue is one of my favorite color combos too. Happy Birthday

dawn quast said...

Jasper would love a book. He is not drawing yet and would probably love to eat the book . I am sure when he is bigger him and his dad ( Ben ) would fill it with get drawings together. Lovin the squirrel.
Love Dawn
Happy Birthdat Addie

Vonnie said...

What an outrageously brilliant concept! My son turns three in a month and I think I'll get hubby to try and do something similar - fantastic!

Jessica said...

These little books are gorgeous - my little 2 year old niece loves drawing and would really appreciate one (that is if you are willing to post it all the way over to the UK)

Thanks so much for the idea - I may well end up making some myself :-)

Amy said...

I have been searching for party favor ideas as my daughters fourth birthday is a month away! Great idea!
She would love monkeys or penguins!

jodi said...

oh gosh they are adorable. i know a little boy who would love one - so would his muma!

Mama Urchin said...

These are fantastic. The illustrations you used are just darling.

Amber said...

I want to Steal this idea for the bday party I am hosting for my niece, such a great favor to give out!!

eM said...

my friend Halcyon is almost two and she loves to make lion noises. If I were choosing, I would pick otters because I love their playfulness

Jinnie said...

Oh, the Craypas! I grew up on those! Love them.. I was pretty horrified when I first came to America and tried Crayola.. Anyway, these are so cute! Thank you for all the font information, too. I actually just wanted to comment about Craypas but I will not refuse one of these gems if I get selected. I will make sure to save it for my future niece. Well, not if it's the penguin one. ^^

Anonymous said...

hello, i recently found your lovely blog and i love it so much. i wish i had that lovely idea, imagination, and creativity like you do.

sora

sara said...

These are great. I can imagine a few parents keeping them for themselves. My daughter is just turning one and we're looking forward to the colouring days ahead. We'll have to check out the cray-pas products. All of the animals are charming and I don't think I can pick just one.

ella said...

geez girl, even if they are not your illustrations you've most certainly got an eye for design. too bad, so sad they won't be sold but lucky for the little party goers. weeee.

the dipe squad said...

You have such wonderful, beautiful ideas! The big coloring fan in our house would love the monkeys and the penguins.

Randi said...

so sweet and lovely. i've been wanting to make some little jotting books and this demo helps me so much. i would LOVE a little scribbler for my little one (who doesn't yet scribble - he's one, but who does have a mama with a secret mystery drawer of crafts for future use). :-)

13mimosa said...

I have two girls and on both of their first visits to the zoo both found their favourite animal to be the otter. I think it's probably because they were, on both occasions, by far the most active of critters - so that's what we'd choose. They're gorgeous too and although I'm printerless at home, something we shall try in one form or another.

crit said...

love the books! please add me to the list for the drawing.

thanks!

thereddeer said...

These books are so adorable!

crit said...

sorry... forgot to say which ones my little Lily would love to color on.... probably the otter or the lion. how could you ever pick though? they are all so sweet!

Rebecca said...

My little 16 month old would love one of these adorable books! They are so cute. I always get inspiration from your blog -- thank you!

Beckie said...

VERY cute idea!
I am glad my friend shared this post with me.

Those crayons sound great too.

.girl ferment. said...

such a lovely idea and executed so well.
i have been thinking about making a colouring book as a pressie, but i think i might make something similar to this instead, but i might stitch together.
Thank you

MoziEsmé said...

Very sweet idea!

KentuckyGal said...

I think we could make these where I work as well (residential/training facility for adults with MR/DD). Great idea with super directions!

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Catherine Hansen Peart said...

I have loved these ever since you posted them and am just about to attempt my own version of them for my son's 6th birthday party favors. Hope they turn out half as lovely as yours!

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