I had often seen the so - called "Quiet Books" being used to entertain kids during church meetings... and I always admired them from afar. I secretly wanted to have one for my children however, I KNEW that there was NO WAY that I could ever make one of them. Because...
a. I am NOT a seamstress.
b. I am not "crafty" or "creative"
c. I am a perfectionist and never satisfied with the end product anyway
d. I am notoriously NOT a craft "finisher". I get excited about projects... get started and then... get overwhelmed... lose momentum... and never finish.
Anyway, to make a long story short - this last semester I decided to prove myself wrong - and COMPLETE a Quiet Book. A friend and I organized a "Quiet Book Exchange" and we looked through LOTS of Quiet Book page ideas and templates; we chose our favorite 18 pages. Next, we rounded up a group of 9 women - who committed to make 2 Quiet Book pages nine times each. Finally, we set a deadline - the date for the page swap, so that we could all exchange our finished pages and end up with a complete set of the 18 pages. We decided to do the "Quiet Book Exchange" to try to simplify the project (if you do a page once then it is easier to do it the next 8 times), save some money by "mass producing", and also encourage us to get it done on time since other people are counting on us. The whole concept worked out wonderfully. Here is my FINISHED product.
The two pages that I contributed to the Quiet Book Exchange.
The shoe page.
I got to learn how to put eyelets in. Fun stuff.
The train page.
Just reading her post inspires me to want to make one - she makes it seem so doable. How about you??
UPDATE: Here are some other great sites where lots of ideas come from: