If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed the random photo here and there of a Raggedy Ann doll. Last Christmas, I made a “Sweet Annie” doll for my niece from a great pattern by Oh Sew Dollin. What my niece doesn’t know (so far), is that I made an identical doll for myself. My doll, Annie, has gone to Disney World and Sweden (without me) to have her picture taken there, and I took her with us on our vacation this summer to Loon Lake, and took a load of photos. I’m sure Destin thought I was nuts, but my plan was to make a photo book that would look to my niece like her dolly was out having adventures. I haven’t done anything yet with the Disney World or Sweden photos (I’ll need mom’s help with captions for Sweden), but I managed to pull together a book with just the photos from our trip to the cabin.
Books were a big part of my childhood (and I’m still an avid – or rabid, depending on who you talk to – reader), so I thought it would be pretty neat for my niece to have books of her dolly out and about places, especially since it’s not a doll or toy that half her friends will have! She just turned two in September, and I know from my sister that she’s shown interest when I’ve texted photos of Annie out and about before.
Click here to go to my Flickr album with full size photos of each book page!
I used some scrap-booking software that I bought a couple years ago. which is apparently no longer managed by the company that I bought it from, but for what I needed to do with it, it worked fabulously! Basically, I needed software that would allow me to add captions to photos without being limited to the fonts that the photo printing websites have, and export each page as a JPEG so that I could have them printed as individual photos, or made into a photo book. Snapfish (affiliate link – you get 40% off, and I get perks too) had an amazing sale for Cyber Monday – which is one of the main reasons I went with them (I also got a second copy printed for myself).
Without coupons, Snapfish, Shutterfly, and Costco all seemed to be pretty comparable on price. I opted for an 8″x8″ book for my niece, partly due to cost, and partly because I think a 12″x12″ book would just be too unwieldy for a two year old to handle easily! I was really pleased with the quality of the book pages.
The Snapfish website had some problems on Cyber Monday, and they sent out an “I’m sorry” bonus of a photo canvas bag with free shipping. Since I didn’t have any use for it, I got the bag printed with a photo of Annie in her Minnie Mouse dress for my niece. She also got a dolly dress and hair bow for her Annie doll to match the outfit that my doll is wearing in all of the photos. The dolls have one side of a clear plastic snap sewn to their heads, and then I sew the other side of the snap to a hair bow, so she can change them out.
It was so cute when she opened her present – she went through each page of the book, pointing out “Dolly!” on each page, and spent a moment trying to get the new blue dolly hair bow to stick to the top of the doll’s head on the bag.