The photo below shows how the 'book' portion slides out of the box. On this first page I wrote a little note to Emma, just to tell her how important and special she is, and how grateful we are to have her in our lives.
First, I painted the outside of the box a nice rich chocolate brown. I only painted the edges, since I knew I would be covering most of the box in paper. I also painted the spines of the book, and anything else that would be visible from the outside. Next, I layered my patterned paper and cardstock to matte the box, adding a wooden E that I painted in the same colour as the box. I added ribbons to the E that picked up colours from my patterend paper, and created the little tab with her name on it, embossed in pink.
Each page has a favourite picture from each month. They are all the same size, with the exception of the first photo, which is different because the title of that page is different. I stamped "Welcome to the World, Little One" and added a rattle which I coloured by hand. All the other pages have the month as it's title, which I stamped with a MS glue pad, and glittered in pink.
There were enough pages to do every month, and then for her birthday I added a different header, as opposed to just a 12 month title. I was silly, and didn't photograph it, but I used a scallop circle to decorate the Happy Birthday caption.
I also made one of these books for a friend's baby that was born only a few weeks before Emma. I also have one waiting to be created for my new daughter who is 4 weeks old today! I really enjoyed this project, and love how it turned out. I think it's a great keepsake for each child to keep with them, hopefully for the rest of their lives. The first year goes by in such a flash, this is an easy way to document it, and it also really shows the change and development from month to month.