Photographer friend, Courtney Karban, is taking a road trip with her husband and 3 little boys, and to try and maintain her sanity she thought that perhaps a "quiet book" would be good for the two older ones in the car. She offered to pay me to make one rather than buy some! I agreed, not really realizing that I only had a couple weeks, one of which would be the last week of school. So I only managed to finish a couple of pages for the toddler, hopefully they help!
I had seen "quiet books" on Pinterest and have wanted to attempt the project for a while. I will point out one positive and one negative for this DIY project:
Positive: The pages are all unique and it is so much fun to use creativity and find things around the house to re-purpose (IE: The buckle from an old dog collar--because those things are like $4 at JoAnn's!!!)
Negative: These things are super time consuming. There is a lot of cutting out of tiny pieces, and lots of hand stitching (which is OK because you can do that in front of the TV). And then the fasteners have to be sewed on (buckles, snaps, buttons, zippers). The pieces that come off should be double layer to be strong, and then the grommets to hold the pages together take some time.
However, I think the positive outweighs the negative because though it takes some time, it is not repetitive sewing...each thing is unique. So for me, they are many hours, but not boring hours.
I told Courtney that I would make a few more pages and I already have. I hope that she will take some good actions shots of her boys with the pages and I can update this post!
;-) Check our her photography blog: http://courtneykarban.com/
Here are the 4 pages I completed and gave her her already: