Very Special Christmas Presents . . .

I made a book for each member of my family this Christmas titled “10 Reasons I Love You”.  They turned out beautifully and I wanted to share them with you.  Each book is 8×8″ hardcover.  I’ll posted one book a day for the next five days so you can see all of them.  This is Elle’s book.  Check bacj tomorrow for Owen’s book 🙂 .

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December 25, 2010 - 9:25 am

Jani - As I wait patiently for my daughter to wake this Christmas morning, I thought I would check in on your blog. Wow, what a beautiful gift for each family member to cherish for many years to come. I love Elle’s pages (my favs are of Elle blowing bubbles and the one of the two of you together). I am looking forward to seeing the other books. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

December 25, 2010 - 2:44 pm

Nancy - These are without a doubt, the best Christmas presents!!!! Even though I have already seen these,they still make me cry!!!!

December 25, 2010 - 4:00 pm

jeanie - This is so precious! Perfect gifts to your children from their amazing mom….they will cherish forever! Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2010 - 6:05 pm

Jodi Kinasewitz - Love Elle’s book! Thanks to Melissa I was able to give Matt one of these very special books-highlighting 10 of the MANY reasons I love him- as well! It was so fun to watch him open and read through it! Thanks, Melissa!

December 30, 2010 - 1:08 am

Shannon - Candid Moments - These are amazing! I love them and what you are doing for your family. The photography and having captured so many fantastic moments blows me away. Then the design — so creative and fresh and fun.

December 30, 2010 - 1:33 pm

Julie - I LOVE every single book! Amazing images, touching words, beautiful design. What treasures!
Happy New Year, Mel! xoxo Julie

December 30, 2010 - 5:23 pm

Jodi Vetsch - These are the sweetest heirlooms EVER, what treasures!!!

December 30, 2010 - 8:54 pm

Kelli - WOw! Ali featured your books, and I just had to come read the rest! Amazing. I am not sure what I love more – your creativity, photography or your family. What a joy it must be to be in your family and thanks for sharing a peek with us. Just loved all your work. What treasures for your children.

December 30, 2010 - 9:37 pm

Andrea McClain - These are just awesome Mel, they will cherish them forever!!

December 30, 2010 - 10:57 pm

Cherie - These books are beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

December 31, 2010 - 1:00 am

Erika B - Melissa,
Found your site linked on Ali Edward’s blog and I had to tell you how gorgeous these books are. Your photography is beautiful and these projects are amazing. You have inspired me extra early for next Christmas! Thanks for sharing!

December 31, 2010 - 1:27 am

Kristen - I saw these on Ali’s blog too. Love these books – how did you make them? Did you use supplies from Designer Digitals plus Photoshop? Please share! I am so inspired!!!

December 31, 2010 - 11:35 am

Maica - My congratulations for these fantastic photos, for their sweetness and happiness, and for the awesome composition with Ali’s design.
Best Regards from Catalonia and Happy New Year

December 31, 2010 - 1:10 pm

Elizabeth A - These are so lovely. Thanks for the inspiration.

January 1, 2011 - 2:20 am

Amy - Woman you have MAD photography skills! Love the lighting on that fourth of july pick in the moonlight.
Would love to know what settings you used to capture it! Thanks for the inspiration! : ) Amy

January 1, 2011 - 2:05 pm

Karen - I loooooove this!! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

January 3, 2011 - 3:05 am

Rachael - WOW! I can’t get over how amazing your photos are. STUNNING!!! You are an incredible photographer! Thanks for sharing your gorgeous work. 🙂

January 5, 2011 - 10:39 am

Arlyna - Your albums are just awesome and esp the photos!!! So jealous! I’ve been planning on doing one of these, too, but just haven’t had the time…. now I’m even more encouraged to get started on it. THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing!

January 5, 2011 - 11:24 am

Dayna - Amazing books!! I love this idea so much, thanks for sharing!! And what a beautiful family you have!!

October 27, 2011 - 11:51 pm

Jacqui - Have my books all ready to go to Shutterfly, just one question, I have ended up with 21 pages. Did you put the page with the photo of you on it as the back cover of the book and the page you scanned as the last right hand page leaving the left hand page on that spread blank? Hope you can clear up my confusion!! I have the back cover as blank and the last two pages as a double spread…. don’t mind paying for the extra page as long as it looks ok!

February 8, 2012 - 3:54 am

trisha - where do you make the pictures? like where do you get the templates and how do you put them on your pictures..? please respond to my email to assure i get the answer/response please and thanks

February 8, 2012 - 11:46 am

Melissa - Trisha- You need to have Photoshop or Photoshop Elements to use Ali’s template. You will use the layers to stack the template on top of your digital photo. Here is a link to a tutorial that might help . . . http://paisleepress.com/2009/01/layered-templates-101/ Hope that helps!

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