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Monday, March 30, 2009

Making My Memories With Cherish Bound Books

Today's blog is about Cherish Bound books. My blog friend - over on The Misplaced Americans (to see her blog, go to my blog list, find it, and click)is interested in making a book with Cherish Bound. I really wish I was there in Brazil, so that I could show her some of the cool books I've made. But, I'm not. :-( So, I thought I'd take pictures of some of the books I've done and post them here so she could see all the wonderful possibilities! So, here we go...

This book is my very first book with Cherish Bound. It is the first installment of a collection of books about my son, Grant's, mission. There he is, the handsome devil!



This next book is my son, Michael's, graduation book. I photoshopped the picture on the front cover to look like a watercolor - pretty cool. This is a example of the black page background. Inside and out...




This set of small books is one of my favorites. I did these for 3 of my kids for Valentines day. These are some of my favorite pictures and stories of each of them. Here I'll show the covers, the inside of Alex's, and the back of Matthew's. They were all designed pretty much the same...





Next in line - books that I made for both of my grandmothers for Christmas. They are mostly picture books. It was a surprise, so I didn't get the chance to interview them about their lives - that's one of my next book projects (just text). I made these book look alike, so they'd look like a matched set on my parents' shelf. By the way, Cherish Bound archives all of the books people make, so if any of my cousins or Aunts and Uncles want a copy, they just have to go on to the CB website, plug in the number that is on the back of the book and order one. SWEET! This is one of CB's designer books - it's just lovely...




This is fun! It's like a fashion show for my books! You can look inside a few books on CB's website, but mine are cuter... hee, hee!

On to our next fun book. This one is a book about my dog, Cocoa. She's a beautiful chocolate Lab. This book was made using a "Legacy" design. I loved how the colors (browns, blues, etc.) highlighted the pictures...




This next book is my most recent book. My son Grant just came home from his Japanese mission and I wanted a gift to give him when he arrived. I took most of his pictures of landscapes and buildings in Japan (he is an INCREDIBLE photographer!) and made a book - each page is a full-bleed picture and there are no words. Believe me, the photos speak for themselves. Now he's got a professionally bound book for his portfolio. Oh yeah! Here's the cover and two of the inside spreads...





I finally decided that before all of my wedding photos were destroyed by time (fading), I'd get them into a book. This little book was super easy to make. I added some of the fun things we remembered about that day, along with the photographs (don't laugh at our hair - I know we were soooo 80s). The pic of the inside shows Rick and his best man, Glenn Morrell...




This last Christmas, I did books for a lot of the gifts I gave. I made a "cousins" book for my side of the family and one for Rick's side of the family as well. Here is the one of my side. The picture on the inside spread is of my dad being buried in sand by his grand kids! Fun times...




This next book was made for my son, Grant. He was the Sterling Scholar for Technology at Lone Peak High. He made a portfolio - each page done in Photoshop. I just took each of those pages and put them into the book full-bleed. It was the fastest, easiest book I've made - took me maybe a half hour...



My sister adopted a little girl from Guatemala last year. When they got home, we threw a baby shower for them. Using some journaling page from a kit I got at CB, I had each person write some advice for Kris and Ellie and then I took pictures of each person holding Ellie. I put it all together in a cute little book. This is another one of CB's "Legacy" designs - so fun, with the pink rose buds on the pages...




Last summer I ran a summer camp called "I'm An Author" - a Cherish Bound program that helps kids learn to write and illustrate their own books. This next book is the one my son, Matthew did for that camp. I love his stick figure illustrations...




When Grant was on his mission, I made a small book for him to use as an autograph book. I put small pictures from his mission and quotes from his letters home, but left plenty of space around those for people to write. I got both a softbound and a hardbound book. I just looked through the hardbound - which is the one I sent to him. It looks so cool with all of the different notes in there - some are written in Japanese Kanji. The pics of the outside of the book are of the softbound copy...





This is a spread from my "Power of Story" book - a book that anyone who signs up to be a CB consultant gets to make for free. It's a fun little book where you can share a few pictures and stories of your own (yep, that's me - I was a little cutie-pie, huh?)...



This picture is of a small graduation book I made using photos from my two oldest sons' high school graduation. I made it as a sample book for my CB business. The book on the bottom is my "Power of Story" book. The inside spread is from the graduation book - Grant and a good friend, Brady...




Two more books to show you. This one is a special book. When Grant left on his mission, I started a newsletter called "Ye Elders of Israel" - with 28 missionaries. Each month a newsletter was mailed out (with the help of the other families) to each missionary. This is how they kept in touch. This little book, called "We Testify" was a project of mine - each missionary sent me his testimony in English and in the language he was speaking. I also got testimonies from about 20 of the girls they all went to school with. I put them all into a book and CB published it. Each missionary got one of these. It allowed them to share testimonies of their friends all over the world. The inside spread is Grant's. His testimony is in English, Kanji, and Romagi...




Last book (this isn't all I've made - I've made over 35 of my own and 20 of my students)... This is perhaps one of my favorites. It was made using one of Cherish Bound's designer series. It is our vacation to Northern California. I've shown two spreads from inside, because I wanted you to see how colorful the inside is... the yellow page listed each family member's favorite thing about the vacation. FUN!






Well, that's it. I hope you all enjoyed the fashion show. If you are interested in making beautiful books of your own, let me know. Email me at nafari01@yahoo.com or kara@cherishbound.com.

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1 comment:

That Girl in Brazil said...

Dang, girl! Thanks for going to so much work to show me everything - it was exactly what I needed, though. I think this is DEFINITELY the thing for me!

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