Birthday Adventure Book

Yesterday we flew home from a fantastic trip to Disneyland!  We were able to celebrate Camille's 3rd birthday there and we spent time with the girls' California grandparents.  Everyone had a great time, although we ended the trip exhausted and ready for some much needed rest! 
We decided to keep the trip a surprise from the girls, mostly because they have no sense of time, so telling them ahead of time would just lead to a daily Q and A over when, where, what, etc.  Camille has been to Disneyland a few times and Disney World once, so we didn't really need to prepare her for what to expect.  She's very interested in going on adventures right now though, so I decided to make her an adventure book that would tell her the story of what we were doing.  We gave it to her in the car on the way to the airport.  She was definitely confused at first, but started getting excited as we answered her (many) questions! 

I was struggling with how to make the book (she currently carries around our Entertainment book and calls it her 'adventure book') and what to put in it.  I had an epiphany one day after remembering this book ChiWei from One Dog Woof made for her son.  I loved her idea and I realized this would be the perfect way to use it! 

The book started as a board book from the dollar section at Target. It only had ten pages, which was perfect for this project!  The pictures came from google images and I copied them into Photoshop Elements to add the captions.  I used rubber cement to glue them to the pages which took me back to all the school projects I did many moons ago. :) 

This is such a great technique for personalizing books for the kiddos!  Camille loved her book and we can't wait to go back again!


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