I like to do something fun to tell the to-be grandparents about the upcoming new baby.
With E, we simply called on the phone.
With N, we sent each family a card decorated by E, with a photo of E in a big sister shirt.
This time, we sent a photo brag book.
A great idea for my parents, as this is grandchild #11. A great idea for Jude's parents, as this is grandchild #5, but the third one in 2011.
Unfortunately for our 13 collective siblings (not including their spouse and close cousins) they got a simple facebook/text message, and not a cool brag book. (Sorry, guys!)
Here are some snapshots of the brag books I put together.
These were very easy to prepare - I purchased some Kolo Noci albums for 4x6 photos, with photo sleeves. I love the Kolo albums - I first discovered Kolo when creating my wedding album, and I have purchased some of their larger 4x6 albums for baby photos. The quality is great - hardcover clothbound books, with archival safe paper and plastics, and simple, clean pages. No lines asking to be filled (I hate lines in photo albums!) They are durable and beautiful.
I thought the grandparents deserved more than a disposable plastic mini-album such as those available locally.
Here are a few sample pages from my parent's book:
All of the portraits were taken by my husband, Jude.
Here is the 'announcement': a place holder in the book
Since Jude's parents only had 2 out-of-womb grandchildren at the time I made these, I needed to fill the book more.
So I made place holders for the other two soon-to-arrive babes, and placed them in order in the book, along with ours.
Still, that only filled 5 of the pages, so I added in some family photos. It is a brag book, and the older children are spread around, so why not show them off, if people ask?
I included couples shots.
And more often than not, photos from some of the weddings.
I printed photos from home, and put these together in just a few minutes.
And now the fun part (for you): A giveaway!
Since I love these albums so much, I thought I'd give one away to one of my readers. (Yes, family and friends are eligible, too, but you don't get any kind of advantage - I'll use a random number generator to pick the entry.)
Leave a comment about an interesting/fun way you or someone you know announced a pregnancy, or a good idea for me to use next time around! ;) Comments must be on this post on my blog (doesn't count if it's on Facebook or by email). Giveaway ends on June 21, 2011 at 8 PM CDT. One entry per person. I'll announce the winner on or about June 22. It's your responsibility to contact me if you win. If I happen to have a way to contact you, I will attempt to do so. Winner will need to contact me within 5 days of announcing the winner. US mailing address only. (Sorry, international folks!)
If you'd like, you can share this on twitter, or facebook, or you could subscribe to my blog (email, rss, GFC, whatever) but that won't get you any bonus entries. Just helps to share the love!
(Disclaimer: Kolo doesn't know who I am - I just like their products. I'm supplying this photo album out of Jude's pocket. He won't know that though, unless he reads my blog.)