Teddy's Field Journal

It's not very often that I get to make journals for kids, so I was very excited when my friend Anne contact me regarding her nephew's upcoming birthday. Teddy will be turning 4 this month, and in Anne's words, "he would love a personalized field journal to write down 'observations.'"

How cute is that?! Anne did some research about Teddy's favorites and as luck would have it, he loves green frogs! I happened to have the perfect fabric for his book!

cover

To jazz up the fabric a bit, I added orange brads to give the frog's warts some texture (eww?)

frogdetail

I also used silver embroidery floss for the bugs' flight patterns.

backcover

I love the depth that the sewing gave both the wings and the swirls. I'd been wanting to try this technique for a while, and this fabric was the perfect opportunity!

beedetail

Teddy's favorite color is red, and since no observation journal is complete without a writing utensil, I added a red ribbon pen loop and a red mechanical pencil.

intro

penloop

Teddy also loves the alphabet, so for the inside paste pages, I used lettered paper in coordinating colors. Anne also included the verbiage for a personalized inscription, so I added that to the inside cover as well.

pastes

Anne, thanks for asking me to make Teddy's book! It was such a fun change of pace to make a child's journal!

Teddy, HAPPIEST OF HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!! May this book house all your big ideas!