A couple years ago, I was excited to find a 50% off sale on a fabulous children’s quote book through a company called Paper Coterie. Part photo album, part journal, the spiral-bound volume was the perfect place to record all those giggle-worthy things my young daughter said. The front cover has thick plastic covering the image and the inner pages are very thick paper. I’ve enjoyed using it to record all P’s quotable quotes.
Fast forward to last month. I decide I need to buckle down and go ahead and order a quote book for Daughter #2…only to discover that Paper Coterie has gone out of business! There was much lamenting–after all, we second children already feel like we get shafted when it comes to hand-me-down clothes, toys, and less photos–and now I wouldn’t have a quote book for her???
I cast about for a solution and after checking out the ready-made “quote” books out there (the options are pitiful), I decided to try to adapt a Shutterfly custom album to meet my needs.
I already use Shutterfly to create a yearly family photo book; we’ve made one every year since 2009 and it’s the perfect place to showcase my favorite photos and organize them into months. There are SO many options on Shutterfly, I wondered if there was an affordable way to make a book similar to the beloved Paper Coterie volume.
I’m happy to say there is! Thanks to the “Embellishments” available for Shutterfly’s photo book pages, I was able to create pages for Daughter #2’s book that look very similar. I used a softcover 8″x8″ so that the size was the same. Here’s the cover:
Now, a comparison of a couple pages:
And a couple more:
I found all the free Shutterfly embellishments that were word or thought bubbles and even a couple others that looked like notepaper and I am so, so pleased with the result. I wish I could share the entirety of both books because they came out so awesome, but as it is, I’ve had a difficult time choosing example pages that didn’t include super-embarrassing quotes (because, let’s face it–kids talk about poop A LOT).
Every kid says hilarious, insightful, or bizarre things as they grow. A quote book is the perfect place to capture those moments.