This adorable idea comes from YouCanMakeThis.com and I have to say, I really love it. The link will take you to the page where you can purchase the pattern to make yourself, if you choose. However, a handy-dandy Google Search rendered an amazing amount of similar projects that had my intergenerational-linking-heart going pitter-patter! You can see some amazing examples here, here, and here. Or, just do a search for family picture quiet book and go from there.
I actually did something like this for my own children many a moon ago and seeing all of these great versions above got me searching through my own closets. I had a moment of happy reminiscing as I flipped through these old books that my children toted to church and used so often. As you can see by the pictures below, the apples on our family tree have long since been lost and the book was well loved. When it comes time for me to be a grandma, I will be remaking new versions of these books and I will definitely be utilizing some of the fun ideas above, not to mention revisiting the originals shown below.
|Well worn and well loved by my children.|
|We had apples that attached to the tree but I couldn't find them.|
This idea would make a really lovely gift or a fantastic surprise to tuck away in a diaper bag (sort of an ace in the pocket for a particularly rough moment). More importantly though, it will show a young child or grandchild that he or she is part of something bigger. Starting early, the security that comes from knowing that there are many people who love us and are invested in us has the power to set our personal "self-talk" in positive mode from the beginning. That in an of itself is a pretty potent cure for future bumps in the road of life. So, if you are looking for a way to plant the Family Tree Seed early in a loved one's life, I can't imagine a better starting point than baby's first family scrapbook.