Day 6 and 7 of Christmas Crafts: DIY Children’s Book

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One day we asked Nora if she could be anything in the world, what she would want to be. Her answer, very prompt and very serious was, “A unicorn in a uniform.” Sam and I had a very hard time keeping a straight face. One day I told him I really wanted to draw and write. If you are an artist or a writer, you understand that itch you get sometimes to get the creative juices flowing (especially if you are the mom of small children as well). Even as I am trying to type out this blog I am being bombarded with questions and I have had to retype the first few sentences at least three times each and I’m still not sure if they make sense! 

Anywho…..my husband said that I should write books like “A Unicorn in a Uniform”, and from there we rolled out a bunch of other titles that rhymed. I have written three so far, but have only illustrated two; one for each of my girls for Christmas. I am going to show you some samples of “Dogs in Clogs”. 

***Disclaimer: not that anyone would want to steal this idea, I am still asking for the courtesy that you not steal this idea for a book of your own (referring, of course, to the titles and ideas of these particular stories).

I am making this a two parter because there is a lot of work that went into these books, but they were so much fun to do and such a great creative outlet! 

Step one: I wrote the stories. Edited, read them to my kids, re-edited them and when I was finally satisfied and happy that the girls enjoyed them, I got out some blank pieces of drawing paper and went to work. 

Step two: I scanned the completed pictures onto my computer and then used Picmonkey to add fonts and other details I wanted to add. Here are a few sample pictures.

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Anyway, more to come about putting these books together later!! Have to dash! 

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One thought on “Day 6 and 7 of Christmas Crafts: DIY Children’s Book

  1. Hi Courtney, I came across your blog and I like your ideas. I have made a hardcover book for my niece and it turned out great, you can check it out on my blog. I followed a similar concept to yours. 🙂

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