a personalized abc book

by Mary Jane

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Making this book was such a fun photo project and anyone can do it! All babies love to look at themselves – so it’s a great way for them to get acquainted with their letters. It doesn’t matter what kind of camera you have – you just need a child, a few ideas and you’ll be off and running (& shooting)! I planned one shoot (where I gathered different props) and I knocked out maybe half of the letters. But, for the remainder of them, I just went through old photos and found ones that worked for each letter. It’s fun to include relatives and things that they love! Some letters were definitely more challenging than others, but it doesn’t have to be perfect – just have fun with it.

After I had a photo for each letter – I used Photoshop to write the word and corresponding letter. I am sure you can do this with InDesign or Photoshop Elements or whatever software you currently have. Once the photos were ready, I printed them out as 8×10’s, got them laminated and bound them into a book. Piper can chew on it, slobber all over it and she can’t hurt it. She loves this book and her alphabet! And yes, she has tried to eat it multiple times.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Sarsha April 13, 2012 at 12:42 am

I would love to do this 🙂

Mary Jane April 17, 2012 at 3:59 am

You should! Piper loves hers so much! I even review my alphabet from time to time too!

Mallory Woodlee April 17, 2012 at 4:40 am

This is so cute I might pass out. Maybe its because Piper is so cute. Must make asap.

Mary Jane April 18, 2012 at 9:42 pm

You should! And I want to see it ! 🙂

Bets June 13, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Just sat down to write my list! Don’t have photoshop, but I think I can make the same idea with Shutterfly, it just won’t be as slobber-proof. FUN!!

Erin September 3, 2013 at 1:05 pm

This is great! I have been trying to figure out a way to do an alphabet book for my little guy that he could actually play with. I do Picaboo books for all of our family photos but the paper pages aren’t playtime friendly. It didn’t occur to me to make it myself and laminate the pages!

Rob November 6, 2013 at 11:42 pm

Hi, love this! Am going to do this for my daughter – can you tell me what font it is you used? I thought it was really cute. Thanks for the inspiration!!

Mary Jane November 7, 2013 at 12:36 am

Hey! It’s called Lullaby and I downloaded it free online! Good Luck! Share photos when you’re done! 🙂

Charlotte April 9, 2014 at 9:46 am

What a great idea! Im getting my camera ready as we speak!!

Lindsey May 30, 2014 at 12:30 am

This is adorable I was wondering what you used to make this and where you got it printed? I have been trying to make my daughter an abc book and it has been very challenging to find one that is 18 month old durable.

Jennifer August 25, 2014 at 1:52 pm

Thank you so much for the inspiration!!! I took it a step further for my niece’s 2nd birthday and she and my sister-in-law LOVED it!!! I’ve shared a picture in the link (that I posted to Pinterest) of the finished product!!

erica allison August 13, 2015 at 3:37 pm

I love your idea! I’d like to make this as a keepsake for my son’s first birthday in October. What font did you use? Thanks so much!

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