I made a handful of my Christmas gifts to others this year, but one of my favorites is the book of faces I gave to Joey. It's a simple idea: a book with pictures of important people to your baby, so they can smile at their loved ones—and learn their names!
Pinhole Press, a company I love, has a couple really nice options that I looked at. I loved the board book option, but it was too small (Chris has a huge family!) and the full-sized option was too expensive. If I make a book for Joey, I have to be ok with pages getting ripped and bent and chewed on, so it can't cost $50. So I made my own!
My favorite element of the Pinhole Press version was the basic layout, with a full-page photo on one side and a brightly colored facing page with the person's name. I combed through my iPhoto library to find photos of everybody, and easily created the colorful name pages in Photoshop. The font I used is called Gaunt. I'm pretty sure I got it for free, but it costs $6 now. It's a cute, hand-drawn, all-caps font.
I used Blurb to print a 7x7 softcover book, and I was thrilled with the finished product when it arrived. I couldn't wait to show it to Joey, and I'm so happy that he loves it as much as I do! It's already well-loved—and wrinkled and bent, making me feel good about my decision to go with the cheaper option! We spend some time looking through it almost every morning, and he's getting really good at pointing out certain faces when I ask. He's got 8 aunts and uncles and 8 cousins, so we've still got lots of studying to do. ;)
(If you're interested, here is the first Pinhole Press book I made, using our wedding photos.)