I’m a little embarrassed to be posting this publicly. Although Alex is used to being on stage, I’m not one to sing for an audience. But Alex and I had fun recording this little song (animal noises and all), so press the play arrow in the audio player while you watch the slideshow below…
Of all of the gifts Alex and I made this year, this book and song combo for 2-year-old Lukey was probably the most fun to work on. I love Alex’s whimsical drawings, and this might become an annual tradition, even if we just keep the books around for us. I uploaded the pictures into slideshow form here, but we actually gave him a printed book compiled on Shutterfly…
Here’s how to get more out of Shutterfly.com than a plain old photo book (muah ha ha!):
- Choose a song or story, or write your own. We loved the simplicity of The Friendly Beasts.
- Write and illustrate. While Alex drew, I wrote down the words of each verse.
- Scan each page. We used our nifty home printer.
- Go to shutterfly.com and upload the scanned images (just like real photos).
- Place them in the correct order, and viola! A printed book on your doorstep in 3 days.
I feel pretty lucky to have a husband who knows his way around GarageBand AND a sketch book. I certainly don’t, so he gets lots of credit on this project. But even if you know nothing of software or sound editing, make this idea yours.
- If you can’t sing, read a story out loud, or skip the recording altogether.
- If you can’t draw, use real photos or have a kid in your life draw pictures for you (they’re not as scared as adults of not being good at something).
- If you’re home printer doesn’t have a nifty scanner, take your pages to FedEx.
Make it a family project and I promise you’ll have an enjoyable Crafternoon. Especially if it includes a fire in the fireplace, hot chocolate with a little something extra, and 10 episodes of Parks and Recreation. Not kidding.