Baby Shower Advice Book

Posted 24 October 2010 at 3:38 PM | Comments (3)

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks. Between the fussy newborn, cranky toddler, successfully convincing Gap to go back to their old logo, and needlessly earning Gymbucks, I’ve been busy. And since my laptop is acting up, keeping up with the steady stream of design projects is an added challenge.

Anyway, speaking of design projects, Lauren—writer, blogger, mother, divorcee, co-parent, and all-around fabulous woman—contacted me a couple of weeks ago with a fun one.

She was planning a baby shower and had asked all the guests to contribute to an advice book. Their assignment—listen closely, you may want to steal this idea!—was to ask their mothers for snippets of advice on raising girls. Then, the quotes would be compiled into a keepsake book, appropriately titled, “…On Raising Girls.”

My job was, obviously, to design the book and send the files to Lauren (so that she could print and bind it herself). The only real requirement was that it should complement Pottery Barn’s Coco Dot nursery bedding:

Pottery Barn Kids' Coco Dot Nursery Bedding Set

For the cover, I used the colorful dot pattern, an adaptation of the blanket-border design, and then added my own swishy text frames:

Cover for Baby Shower Advice Book, "...On Raising Girls"

For the inside, I dropped the dots and made the border design the feature element. The fun part here was modifying the design on every page, so that every page was unique but echoed the original. Here are two of my favorite pages:

Pages for Baby Shower Advice Book, "...On Raising Girls"

And here are the rest of the pages, in thumbnail size:

Thumbnail Pages for Baby Shower Advice Book, "...On Raising Girls"

This project was the most fun I’ve had in ages. Though the real fun is yet to come—Lauren is sending me design magazines in exchange! That’s one of the best gifts you can give a magazine-deprived expat.

3 Responses to Baby Shower Advice Book

  1. What an AWESOME thing to do!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    A really fun idea, especially when it’s put together so beautifully!

  3. negeen says:

    (that’s speechlessness)

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