Baby Shower: Advice Book

At my friends’ ‘Enchanted Forest’ baby shower I hosted, I had each guest write some words of advice for the parents-to-be. I wanted to make a special keepsake for her that would include all of those cards, plus some other quotes that I had found about parenthood.

I used a DCWV Premium Stack called ‘Linen Closet Matstack‘ for the cardstock papers that made up my book. Half of the pages were glittered. These papers are already 4.5″ x 6.5″, so they worked perfectly for the size of the advice cards to leave some space on the side to attach them with a binder ring. The embellishments were all ones I found at Jo Ann’s in their dollar aisle.
I embellished each page that the guests wrote on, as well as the quotes that I had printed out on my computer.

I tied ribbons around the binder ring and embellished the front cover using a vellum quote glued to a glitter frame and the whole thing was attached using foam squares.
The very last page of the album included the quote that was on the invitations that I made for the shower. I felt like this was a good way to tie everything together.
Following are the quotes I printed out and included in the book. I wanted there to be a mix of practical, sentimental and humorous ones.

In the sheltered simplicity of the first days after a baby is born, one sees again the magical closed circle, the miraculous sense of two people existing only for each other. 
-Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The most important thing a father can do for his children is love their mother.
-Author Unknown

Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.
-Lin Yutang

There was never a great man who had not a great mother.
-Olive Schreiner

Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home.
-Phyllis Diller

Frogs and snails and puppy-dogs’ tails,
That’s what little boys are made of.

Children seldom misquote you. They more often repeat word for word what you shouldn’t have said.
-Mae Maloo

There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one.
-Jill Churchill

You can see the invitations I made for the shower here.

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  1. This is SUCH a beautiful and thoughtful gift! Your girlfriend must have been speechless! I would love for you to link up this beautiful post at my Savvy HomeMade Monday blog party!

    I am a new follower!

  2. First of all, your blog is so adorable! I love the colors you have chosen to use for it!

    This is such a cute book and gift idea! I’m sure my followers would love to see it on my Sundae Shake Up Link Party. Please stop by and join the fun!

    Jacque @ Jacque’s Soda Parlor

    P.S. I’m your newest follower!

  3. I know that you have so many blog parties to choose from so thank you for choosing Creative Bloggers’ Party & Hop. This amazing post added to the party blast! Enjoy the rest of the week :)

  4. Oh, wow! this is fantastic! I want to copy you, now! You know the old saying…”imitation is the highest form of flattery”! Unfortunately, I don’t know anyone who’s pregnant! That’s OK. I’ll just bookmark it until I do! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Anonymous says:

    I love your idea!!! I’m throwing a baby shower for my sister-in-law and this will be her first baby. This would be great keepsake for the new parents. Thanks soo much!!!!

  6. so nice idea. thanks for sharing this creative mind idea.

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  7. That is sweet! I absolutely LOVE it!

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