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Archive for July, 2008

precious lil babe

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

I’m working on a “pregnancy to newborn to toddler” book for the talented Boulder photographer Julie Afflerbaugh.

All of the images are fantastic, but I just had to share this one. It melts me with cuteness.

cute 'lil babe 

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what a legacy

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

I am one of the 4,121,135 people (and counting) who has viewed Randy Paush’s Last Lecture. I finally watched it last night, after hearing he passed away yesterday from pancreatic cancer.

What a remarkable, inspiring man. And what a remarkable legacy he left his 3 children. His lecture and book, though viewed and read by millions, were really just for his kids.

As he said on his blog of his book, “they’re about to have two million copies in print, but all I cared about was the first 3 copies.”

If you’re seeking perspective and inspiration, watch his lecture.

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a 4-year old’s gratefulness book

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

orlando's gratefulness book 

Oh, the pure heart and mind of a child…

4-year old Orlando and his mom keep a gratefulness journal (shouldn’t we all?) which became the inspiration for this sweet little book.

(all photos of Orlando and his family by Teddi Yaeger)

orlando's gratefulness book 

orlando's gratefulness book 

orlando's gratefulness book 

orlando's gratefulness book 

orlando's gratefulness book 

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weddings!

Friday, July 18th, 2008

This morning I’m working on my first wedding book. And hatching all sorts of plans while I work. I’ve decided it’s time. With a little encouragement & lots of great ideas from the lovely ladies over at Junebug, I will soon introduce some great wedding book ideas.

Feel free to send me any ideas of your own, or let me know if you’d like to be an early adopter and make a book I can use as an example when I launch!

Here’s a sweet little pattern I’m using for today’s book. More to come.

starbursts 

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80th birthday book

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

80th birthday book 

You’ll love this one!

Eric and his siblings wanted to honor their Dad’s 80th with a book. They wanted it to be simple, clean, and meaningful. So here’s what we did.

We named the book Zeda (what the family calls their Dad) then organized all the photos by decade. We added a biography at the beginning and scattered memories from the siblings throughout.

For the binding we opted for a soft leather cover and a blind debossed title – such a great look in the leather.

80th birthday book 

80th birthday book 

And here are a few pages. This one shows the very simple family tree underneath the family photo.

80th birthday book 

80th birthday book 

And this page has a quote about Zeda and his wife’s first date, at the opera La Boheme. He left in the middle to go call off his next date for that night!

80th birthday book 

80th birthday book 

I loved the memories and thoughts from the siblings.

80th birthday book 

Here’s an example of a decades chapter page. I did a little reverse image on the facing page for some visual interest.

80th birthday book 

80th birthday book 

And my favorite part? Eric tells me his Dad loved it and his Mom went “gaga”! That makes me very happy.

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i love tofino

Monday, July 14th, 2008

me on lone cone - tofino, canada 

I just got back from a wonderful week in my very favorite place on earth: Tofino, Canada. (photo is me, overlooking Tofino)

You’ve heard me ramble about my family. Well, this place is the heart of us, thanks to my grandparents. My grandpa bought property here 45 years ago when it was considered a foolish thing to do and it took 2 days to drive here on bumpy unpaved logging roads.

But the whole family loved it. Especially my Papa. He relished the opportunity to live off the earth (fishing, crabbing, shrimping, clamming) and especially loved sharing this special place with others. Growing up, my brother and I spent countless hours with him learning to harvest the ocean while my Grama worked on her beautiful carvings.

grama, papa, christy with tofino sign 
(my Grama, Papa, and Aunt Christy with her homemade driftwood Tofino sign)

tofino sign 
(and the sign, a bit weathered, but still hanging today!)

Tofino is where we family (yes, family as a verb!) and I was even lucky enough to get married there last summer (you can read a bit about our wedding here).

So now you know…I love Tofino!

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