Have you ever had a five-year-old son? Perhaps you know what a mix of charm and frustration they can be?
I had two daughter, seventeen months apart, and then not quite two years later, our one and only boy arrived. Knowing he’s our only son, I’ve delighted in his boy-ness, but I’ve also struggled in taming his stubborn spirit. Seems like when I start to focus on the “difficult” behaviour issues, it’s hard not to feel like he’s nothing but trouble, and these are the times when I most need to marvel at and enjoy his strengths and sweetness.
So I made a mini album, just to celebrate this age. Five years old and it really is a great age to be for a boy. And for his mum!
‘Kay, can you tell what genius idea I had for the base of this mini album? Perhaps a look at the back of the album will enlighten you:
It’s a Little Golden Book! Cool, right? First of all, they are dirt cheap at the thrift store, and second, they bring up such nostalgic memories for so many of us – they are a symbol of childhood. It was so fun to repurpose the book as a special keepsake for my boy.
I used paper from October Afternoon, both Rocket Age and Boarding Pass lines. The colours and theme were just perfect for a boy album.
The hardest part for me was that I didn’t want to cover up all the great illustrations. I ended up compromising a little and alternating illustrations and photos, just for fun, trying to make the photos match the theme on each page.
I made sure to include stories about his favourite things, including his favourite colour, orange.
This isn’t the cutest page in the book, but it’s my favourite because it talks about a special aspect of my relationship with my son. He’s always drawn to the kitchen when I’m baking, and I love that he’s never gotten tired of joining me at the counter to help pour and mix and taste!
These two pages both feature “stolen” photos; moments I managed to catch on film and treasure.
I had to do a little editing on the photo above to respect my nephew’s privacy. It’s so special for my boy to have a best friend who is also his cousin! I added a little window slider pop-up detail to this page:
My Wecco boy has paged through this album a dozen times already and I think it’s going to hold together really well – I recommend the Little Golden Book album style!
You can see that sometimes using the existing text from the book worked really well! I did try to keep the pages really flat – the thickest thing I added to the album was chipboard.
Shh! Don’t tell him I showed you this page – he says he hates it! But I had to take a photo of him and his little friend getting “married.” Cute, huh?!
I never want to forget how he was at age five, and I want to enjoy every day of it – at least until he turns six!