I love making gifts for the special people in my life. One of my favorite things to do is create themed albums.
When our grandson, Tyler, was 7, he spent every Tuesday of his summer vacation with us. We called it “Tuesdays with Tyler.” At the end of the summer, I created an album for him “How I spent my summer vacation,” which had pictures and journaling about all of the activities we did.
Our son is named Brian. Every year on his birthday, we would tell him the story of his Dad and I going to the hospital to have him; about how we called his grandparents to stay with his sister while we were gone, how we stopped at a friend’s house to tell them we were on the way to the hospital.. all of those little details. We called our yearly recitation “The Story of Brian.” We have that in an album as well.
I made an album for our granddaughter, Emily, for her 4th birthday. Now you have to understand that at 4, Emily thought she was a princess. A REAL princess. It was adorable at 2, very cute at 3, but at 4 we wanted to stress with her that being a “real princess” is about being kind and generous, tender-hearted and loving. And so I created an album for her which I called, “The ABC’s of Becoming a Princess.” In that book, I thought of one positive word to match every letter of the alphabet, found a quote to illustrate that word, and then located a picture that told a story.
It wasn’t uncommon to find Emily with her pacifier in her mouth, holding a bottle. She just couldn’t decide what she wanted. The quote: “As simple as it sounds, we all must try to be the best person we can be, by making the best CHOICES.”
Emily also could have quite the pouty face when things didn’t go her way. “D is for Difficulty: Most things get better by themselves. Most things, in fact, are better by morning.”
I loved this book! Emily loved this book! Her mother loved the book! And the awesome thing about creating a digital album is that I could get 3 prints of it, without having to create it 3 times! One book for Emily to read, and one for both her Mom and for me!
I wanted to offer you all a simple way to create such a book and so the ABC’s of Life Collection was born. This product line consisted of 6 individual products which included background papers, quotes, tags, quick page templates, an alpha, and positive word phrases. Many of you created your own special albums and shared links to your books. I loved seeing them!
Recently I retired this particular product line. I was asked, however, to bring it back for the holidays,because it provides such a quick way to make a personal gift. I was happy to do that, and thought about how to make the product even easier for you to use – and the ABC Album was born.
The ABC album consists of 26 basic, yet lovely, Quick Pages all ready for you to simply drop a photo into the photo opening and be done!
If you would like to embellish the Quick Page with elements from your favorite kits, it would be simple to do. You could also use pre-made clusters that you already have in your digital scrap kit collection. The beauty of the Album, however, is that you don’t have to do that unless you want to. It is ready to use as-is.
The ABC Album is provided as a single product. However, I have also included it in the entire ABC’s of Life Collection as a Free-With-Purchase item.
Because the Collection consists of all of the individual products, you can very easily create your own pages if you like, using the Quick Page as a visual reference.
I’ve provided as many choices as I can, and tried it make it as easy as possible. Now it’s up to you! Who do you have in your life that you would like to surprise with a special gift? Decide upon your own quotes, or use the quotes provided. Select your photos, then put together your album in just a few hours. Upload to your favorite print site, sit back and wait for it to arrive, then enjoy the look of joy on the face of the recipient of your gift!
The ABC’s of Life Album and the ABC’s of Life Collection and Free-With-Purchase Album are available at
I hope you are inspired by this Collection and enjoy using it!
You can take no credit for beauty at 4.
But if you are beautiful at fifty,
it will be your soul’s own doing.