Thursday, September 29, 2011

20 Questions : Birthday Q + A Album

Back in June, I shared a little annual project I came up with for Morgan (and Parker once he turns 3) that I called 20 Questions. Over the last few weeks, I've been working on the base of a simple album to hold 9 years worth of questions.

I used a SEI 8x8 Preservation Album (pink for Morgan, blue for Parker). The little accent tag on the cover above is a Jenni Bowlin scalloped tag with American Crafts chipboard and alphabet rub-on's.

First, a little note on the opening page :
And the first two-page spread :
The left side is simply an 8x8 photo from her birthday party that I cropped down in Photoshop Elements, then added her name and age before uploading to Persnickety Prints. The right side is the list of 20 questions I asked Morgan just before her birthday. I typed it up in Microsoft Word and added dotted lines for me to handwrite in her answers. I actually printed enough pages for the whole album, so in future years, I just have to fill in her answers and print an 8x8 photo. I also punched all of the pink circles and added the age number stickers already too. There should be no excuses with keeping up with this little album, right? Click to enlarge any of the above photos, or you can read the questions + answers in this post. The scrapbook style albums that I was selling in my Etsy shop have been reformatted + replaced with a new softcover bound book!

I don't need it for 2 more years, but Parker's album is ready to go too! Is that overkill? :)
It's going to be many, many years before these albums are complete, but it will be fun to read how their favorite things have changed over the years. It's only been 3 months since she originally answered these questions and I already think Morgan would have a different response to most of the questions!

72 comments:

  1. Overkill? No...being prepared? Yes! And if you are bored (haha), you can make me two of them! I'd love to start this with the boys too, when they get old enough! =)

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  2. i LOVE THIS! My boys are older (11 & 7) But I think I might try it anyway. What a great little snapshot in time!

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  3. Love this idea!! I would love to do this with Drew too! :)

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  4. I just tried this with my 3 year old son...He only answered half...but I'm hoping he'll answer the other half later :o) What a cute idea!

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  5. This is such a great idea!! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  6. What a lovely idea I think I might have to try this.

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  7. What a fabulous idea. I think I'll start something similar with my 3 year old :-)

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  8. So sweet! I just found this on Pinterest!! I love her answers too, your daughter is so adorable! Happy Birthday!

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  9. awesome awesome idea!! just found you on pinterest :)
    www.myoverflowingheart.blogspot.com

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  10. Def not "overkill" I am 33 weeks with my first child and I am ready to make this LOL I love the idea - thank you for sharing.

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  11. Add a line for them to sign or write their name. Nice to see that progression and changes in their personality through penmanship.

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  12. What a great gift to give my daughter when she's all grown up. She'll be 2 next month so I'll just answer for her this year based on my own mommy observations :). I just started a new blog and would love for you to follow:

    http://transformationsyoucansee.blogspot.com/

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  13. love this!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Natasha xx

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  14. Found this on Pinterest and LOVE the idea!!

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  15. found this on pinterest. I'm going to use it for both my boys, what a great idea

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  16. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this idea!!!! My daughter just turned 4 but never too late to start!!

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  17. This idea is so cute. Can you tell me what fonts you used for the photo?

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  18. Thank you so much everyone!

    Kaylene, the fonts I used on the photo are Helvetica and Honey Script.

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  19. I LOVE this idea. I don't have children of my own yet. But hopefully when I do I will remember this project. I may make 1 for my aunt who has a precious preschooler. as a matter of fact, I will be sure to share this project with families @ the child care center that I will begin teaching at soon.

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  20. Ooooh love this idea may have to do this with my son. He turns 3 this year. :D

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  21. I love this idea! Thank you so much for sharing. I think it would be fun when the kids get older to have them fill it out in their own handwriting and see how that changes, too! :)

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  22. Great idea but um.. I'm loving your handwriting more!! :)

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  23. Very cute. I added something similar to my project life but love this little book. May borrow some of your questions! :)

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  24. Very cute. I added something similar to my project life but love this little book. May borrow some of your questions! :)

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  25. I absolutely love this idea!! Thanks for sharing!

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  26. What kind of album could be used? I would like to make one for the teacher I work with, she has a 2 year old and one on the way. I would like to go ahead and put the questions in and all she would have to do is add the photo and the answers.

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  27. Love your idea. Have you thought of selling them?

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  28. I absolutely love this idea! When my kiddos were growing up I kept a "schoolbook of memories" which has proven to be a wonderful little reflection of their precious lives. Now I can keep one of these lovely memory books for each of my grand angels! What fun!

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  29. @Allison, yes I do sell the 20 Questions albums in my Etsy shop. They are currently sold out but I will be restocking later this month. Thanks!

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  30. I cannot tell you how AWESOME this is. I can't wait to make this for our son!! Thanks for sharing!

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  31. thanks for the recommendation of the picture site - so I'm uploading a picture that I took and it's telling me the resolution is too low for an 8x8. Any tips??

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  32. @N.D., the photo you are trying to use was likely not taken with a high megapixel camera. For example, the mexapixels on a cell phone camera often do not produce photos that are as high a resolution as a point and shoot or SLR camera. This usually isn't an issue if you are just printing a 4x6 picture, but when you are developing a larger photo, like this 8x8, it's best to take those pictures with a regular digital camera. Also, if you edited it in a photo-editing program like Photoshop, make sure your photo is 300 dpi.

    Hope this helps!

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  33. I'm so excited about this! I've randomly writte down what was his favorite things when he was an infant, and now that he is turning 3 he can answer these questions on his own- how exciting! I never thought at all to put them all together! Thank you so much. I do not think you are overkill. Your kids will thank you when they're older!

    Sincerely,
    Steph from http://barefootbusy.blogspot.com/

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  34. Love this! My little girl is 6 so I am a few years behind. I have decided since she is in kindergarten this year that I could do this every school year and then give it t her when she goes off to college.
    Thanks!!

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  35. I've been doing this since my daughter was 5 (she is about to turn 13)
    I also draw around their hand, get them to write their name and draw a picture of a person.
    It's a great project and I love pulling out the albums(I have 3 kids) and so do they.
    Miss 12 had to do an autobiography in grade 6 and the answers in this album were quite useful for her.

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  36. I love this, such a great idea!!

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  37. Found this on Pinterest & just had to tell you this is an AMAzing idea!!!

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  38. What a great way of celebrating a child's birthday!! How fun it will be, when they are older, and can look back at these memories. I've passed it on to my friends on FB and Twitter.

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  39. Just found this on pinterest. Love it. I just asked my daughter the 20 questions but I'm sure I'd get different answers tomorrow! I've missed the boat on age 3, she's 4, but better late then never!

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  40. My daughters are grown & in college - I also have a 2 year old son - my favorite "Mom" that I did was every year, the week of their birthday, I wrote them a letter. In the early years it was what they had learned. As they grew, it was trials & tribulations, funny moments etc. I sealed it & wrote their age on it. They will get them later - when they are expecting has been my thought...

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  41. I love the idea of 20 questions. My boyfriend and I joke around all the time about how frequently our son's interests change so it would be nice to capture all that with an idea like this. I wish I caught this idea sooner!

    http://chitownandallaround.blogspot.com/

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  42. is it possible to get one of the older albums made?? i need three and prefer your original design! xo

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  43. Found you on pinterest too (Of course) and I think this idea is really awesome. Thank you for sharing! Will definitely create one for my daughter. She's already turning 5 next year though but it's never too late. :)

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  44. I am so glad I found this...I wanted to cry it is so cute! My oldest will be turning 3 in October so this was just perfect timing! I want to feature this on my favorite pins section of my blog on Monday. Thanks so much for the idea!

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    1. Thanks Leanne, that's very nice of you!

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  45. this is adorable and i love it, mine's almost 5 but i will definitely be doing this with her!

    but...um...i hate to be this person, and i get that you were going for the whole cute and casual didn't-try-too-hard look with the handwritten instead of typed responses, but the misspelled words hurt my heart a little.

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment, but if you "hate to be this person", then don't. If you are looking for perfection, you aren't going to find it on this blog. And I'm okay with that. Missed punctuation, grammar errors, misspelled words, comments from negative people and all.

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  46. Oh goodness la.moore... your heart would burst then if you saw my albums! I think it adds a lot more charm!

    Nicole, this is a FABULOUS idea! My daughter just turned three last week and this is just what I needed to create a layout with her birthday photo! Thank you! I'm a digital scrapper but I LOVE your handmade 'traditional' look to it!
    Jen
    http://myscraptales.blogspot.ca/

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  47. Trying to compete my album & having a hard time Finding a way/free program to print my photograph with my son's name & age which I love on yours. Don't have element...any suggestions? Live the idea!!!

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    1. Hi Sarah, you can get a 30 day free trial of Photoshop Elements on Adobe's website http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/tdrc/index.cfm?product=photoshop_elements&loc=en_us I'm not familiar with any other free photo editing software but you could try doing a Google search. Hope this helps and good luck!

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    2. Try Picasa... it's awesome and so very free: http://picasa.google.com/

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  48. Can I order one of these for my nephews bday? If so, how do I do that? Thanks. Alicia

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    1. The scrapbook style album is no longer being stocked in my shop. Only the Blurb version is available for purchase. You can read more about those here : http://reavespartyofthree.blogspot.com/2012/06/20-questions-new-birthday-interview.html

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  49. Love this and thanks for sharing. I like another reader write letters every birthday and plan to mail about a month before their 21st bdays. Can't wait to try this too. Loved ur response to "hater", I misspell often like all. U have a lot of fans!

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  50. Hiya hun. Just wanted to let you know that I featured this on my blog today.

    http://mammymade.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/mint-stuff-ive-seen-24.html

    I would love it if you could check it out :)

    - Adele @ Mammy Made

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  51. Absolutely love this! My daughter will be 7 this year, so it's a little late, but will still be fun to do. And I can have her fill in the answers now so we can see how much her handwriting changes each year.

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  52. One of my favorite Christmas gifts of all times was when my daughter asked her 2,3, 4 year old children questions about Christmas. Their answers were precious and every year they laugh about what they said. I will start this for my two new granddaughters!

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  53. Yesterday one of my boys turned 3. Thank you for this fabulous idea! Can't wait to see his responses as he grows! :)

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  54. This is perfect! My daughter turns 3 in just over 2 weeks. Can't wait to break out the stuff so I can make it in time for her birthday... Thank you for the great idea!

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  55. My mum did something similar for myself and my older brothers while we were growing up. She also added a few pages of pictures of friends, pets, holidays and school photos from that year. Mum then used these books as the basis of all of our 21st bday speeches then presented it to us that night (after filling in the final questions). It was a great gift. 21 years of memories. I will do the same for my family. Good luck with yours

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  56. What are the 20 questions you asked?? I dnt have kids but i want to do this in the future and im just wondering what you asred them?

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  57. Love this! Found it on pinterest - of course - a while back. My son just turned 3 and my daughter is 19 months - we'll definitely be doing these for each kid! :-) I love the other ideas people posted too, like tracing their hand each year to go along with it. Also, kudos to you for leaving up that "spelling & grammar police" comment and responding in such a diplomatic way - I don't know if I could have been that nice to her. It's your own personal blog for goodness sake. If she doesn't like it, too bad for her.

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  58. I definitely think I may try this, thanks such a great idea!!!

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  59. I'm going to start this right now but do it for the first day of school. I love this idea.

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  60. I'd like to copy the link to my Facebook account and share on FB. Do I have your permission to do so? I think this is SUCH a great idea, and have many friends with young children, and I'd love to share this idea with them.

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    1. Thank you Jill! You are welcome to share the link to this post of Facebook. :)

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  61. G O R G E O U S I D E A !

    Will love to share this sweet scrapbook idea with our art & framing readers

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