The book has finally arrived!

It’s always exciting to get your hands on a new book, but when it’s one you’ve put energy into creating yourself it’s that much more thrilling. Hope and I have been waiting patiently for the last week and so we were quite excited to finally get our hands on the book I created capturing memories from her first year in kindergarten. I thought I’d share a sneak peak of some of the book that I had so much fun creating.

The book is 140 pages and for the third time I used to publish the book. I love the quality of blurb books – because it really looks just like a book you’d purchase in a bookstore. The cover was created using one of Hope’s illustrations she made this year with her and her friends from school. Her handwriting was also used in the title of the book “Our First Year at Riverdale Elementary”. I was quite excited to hear that Blurb now prints directly on hard cover books – which is what I ordered.

Our First year at Riverdale Elementary

In designing this book, I approached the first half of the book as a scrapbook. I collected images taken by Hope’s teacher, photos I had taken myself, and drawings created by the students to incorporate into the book. So though some may consider this to be like a “yearbook” – it’s far from the typical year book. My goal was to make a memorable keepsake that Hope, her classmates and Hope’s teacher would cherish for years to come.

Here’s the first spread in the book which is the “dedication” page which includes not only my dedication and a few photos but Hope also created a special drawing for her teacher:

This book is dedicated to...

One of my favorite pages in the book is the second spread which has more photos as well as the letter written by Hope’s teacher to the students.

Showing of more pages

I feel quite fortunate to have had the opportunity this year to have visited Hope’s class on a few occasions to capture some of these memorable moments. Two of my absolute favorite classes were music and art – I definitely think some of the images help capture the fun I observed.

Music class

art class

One of the things that I felt was most important when designing this book was that I focused on giving all of Hope’s classmates equal focus within the book. I devoted two pages to each of her classmates. One page held a large image along side the student’s name which they wrote themselves. On the other page there were several images of the student as well as drawings the students made of the school and the student with their teacher.

Hope's pages

The last half of the book I featured hundreds of photos taken by both Hope’s teacher and myself. I realized how unrealistic it was to create a “scrapbook” with the nearly 1000+ images I had so this was the next best way to still ensure we had a way to keep those special moments tucked into this book. Some of my absolute favorite images I devoted an entire page to each image.

kindergarten book photo pages

kindergarten book photo pages

kindergarten photo pages

If you’re interested in seeing the first 15 pages of the book you can preview it online or of course you can always purchase your own copy through If you’re interested in seeing a few more images of the book – you can check out the ones I’ve posted in my flickr account. Hope you all enjoy!

Published in: on June 17, 2008 at 10:45 pm  Comments (14)  

The URI to TrackBack this entry is:

RSS feed for comments on this post.

14 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Lovely!

    When can I drop off Savannah’s for you to do? Oh, AND her baby book, AND our wedding album (23 years ago!) AND…

    I’m sure I’m going to h*ll. HA!

  2. What a great looking book Amanda. I also see that you ordered the large book. This is one of the Blurb features that I really liked. Thanks for sharing.


  3. […] experiences with Blurb (you can read her comments here).  Also, head on over to her blog (click here) to see some examples from a recent book she had printed.  It really did look nice.  Thanks for […]

  4. OMG!!!! it is awesome! she looks so proud of it too! this is such a good idea! I am impressed. I am off to flickr to look at all the pics. 🙂

  5. OMG Amanda!!! What a beautiful piece of work. Thank you for sharing:))

  6. That’s wonderful your book!
    I tried to download the program from blurb, but it doesn’t work! 😦

  7. Gorgeous book. I wish I had one from my years in school! What program did you use to make the pages? Did you use templates or create them all yourself? Hope will certainly cherish your efforts for years to come.

  8. Thanks for all the great feedback!

    @Kiki – blurb offers programs for both mac and pc so as long as you have a current computer it should work – perhaps try contacting blurb directly if you are having problems.

    @Tera – I used’s software to produce the book – however, the first half of the book which was created like a scrapbook I just used photoshop to compose the layouts – they’re not a template.

  9. […] kindergarten class a few times. Along the way I took a few photos and put them all together into a book that helped really capture the life of kindergarteners. I’m amazed how kids have so much […]

  10. Seriously, let me link you into my iphotos and let you have your liberties.

  11. So did you get permission from the school as well all of the parents? I assume yes, as my kids’ schools (for example) are very strict about any photography. Also because you’re obviously able to profit off the sales of the book (whether you actually do or not is a different question, but obviously that’s a major component of the Blurb model).

    Are the kids’ names strictly limited to first name? I’d be a little concerned about the amount of information someone with ill intentions might be able to derive from this (for example determining info about a kid’s family or pets that might be used to lure them somewhere).

    Don’t get me wrong, the book looks amazing, and you’re obviously talented and dedicated to create it; it just seems potentially troubling to promote *for general sale* a book that might have children’s personally-identifiable information. I can’t imagine too many people outside of your kid’s class are interested in buying it anyhow, so it just seems like something better kept more private (i.e. using Blurb’s “invitation” method of accessing the book instead of making it public).

  12. Plz respond back as I’m looking to generate my own internet site and would like to know where you got this from. thanks.

  13. I cherished up to you’ll receive performed proper here. The cartoon is tasteful, your authored subject matter stylish. however, you command get got an edginess over that you would like be delivering the following. unwell without a doubt come more until now again as exactly the similar nearly very continuously inside case you protect this increase.

  14. Cover Photo

    The book has finally arrived! | Random Thoughts

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: