I made these ABC books for my 5 year olds last fall.  I wrapped the books up for their birthday.  I cannot tell you enough how much they love these books.  It was a great way for them to feel special, and have a book written just about them!

I needed happy digital kits & papers for the pages of the book, so of course, I had to use the digital designs of CRYSTAL WILKERSON!  Her designs, colors, & patterns are bright and fun…just perfect for these ABC books.

I used many of her kits, papers & elements:  Her polka-dot, quatrefoil paper designs are some of my favorites.  I also loved here Sweet Summertime kits & elements and Oh Boy paper packs.  I used some elements from her ABC Elements.  (I used these for my ABC posters for my Preschool Classroom too…Love those!)

I loved her LABELS….I used these to write on…the labels gave the book a clean & simple look and made the words easy to see and read.

You can check out Crystal’s Paper Packs Here.  Crystal is also hosting an amazing 30 day challenge to improve our lives…what a great idea!  Can’t wait to begin the challenge!


To get started, I wrote down a list A-Z.  When I would think of a good idea, something about each kiddos for each letter, I would jot it down.  That was mainly what took the most time.  I had a Blurb coupon that was about to expire, so I had just 2 days to get the book digitally designed and ready to go.

For each letter, I thought of a fun little rhyme to go with that letter.  Everything sounds better when it rhymes!  Especially for kids.  Feel free to use some of my words, or rhymes from my examples below, just remember to give credit.

Below I will share a few pages from each book.  Some of my favorites!




{ABBY’S Book}







The pages above are at the beginning of each book.

We read these books over and over!  When the kids choose a book at night, these are often chosen.  They can even read a lot of the pages on their own!  This was one crafty project that was definitely worth all of the time and work-such a great keepsake for the future!


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  1. SO cute! I love this idea. I’m sure that your kids are going to love looking at these for years to come and treasure them for a lifetime! Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Jenny Whiting Says: April 9, 2012 at 11:51 am

    My goodness, these are SO beautiful! All your pictures are perfect and the colors and graphics are so colorful and pretty. You are so talented, especially to pull something like that off so quickly. Did you make each page in Photoshop and then upload it to Blurb? I’d love to know more about that process. I’ve made a Shutterfly ABC book where the templates were already in place. But these are so much cuter – I’m sure you could sell these as templates if you teamed up with Crystal!

  3. Melinda Says: April 9, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    These are absolutely adorable!! What a special keepsake for your children!!
    Very creative and cleverly written.

  4. Jamie Jo Says: April 10, 2012 at 7:43 am

    I love these books, where did you have them printed and bound? Shutterfly? or a local binder?

  5. OK i am inlove with this idea.. i scrapbook with paper so am unsure how to do the Digital thing..
    after you purchase the download how do you get it on to the book? very confused???? HELP:)

  6. I love this idea!! I’m wondering what site you used to have the books made? Thanks for the great inspiration!!

  7. Love this! Where do you get your books printed?

  8. Love this idea!

  9. So much fun! Your kids are adorable, too!

  10. I love this idea, I am new to blogging and I have never made one of these books. I have three kids and would love to make my two youngest a book. I have no idea how to start, where to do the books and I am on a budget. Can you help me in any way?

  11. What a GREAT idea! Thank you for sharing! I am going to start books for my little ones today!! :) For those of you with questions, I have used Photoshop to create digital layouts and currently use Creative Memories’ Storybook Creator program (super easy and user-friendly and ON SALE in April!).

  12. Brianne Says: May 7, 2012 at 5:02 am

    Jamie, I LOVE this idea and would love to get one started for my 4 year old. What site did you use to create your book? Thank you!

  13. These are so cute- especially love the colors. I’ve done ABC books for my kids and love them! I used Heritage Makers (www.digitaldreambooks.com). Here’s one I made for my daughter: http://www.heritagemakers.com/projectBrowserStandAlone.cfm?projectId=1333510&productId=44&projectSponsor=315088. It turned out so cute. I need to do one for my son who is just turning 2. The kids just love them!

  14. Thank you so much for sharing your project! I was so inspired, I am working on two for my daughters. I think they will love them. Great idea!

  15. ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS!!! I would love to see MORE pages!! Am trying to be creative and stuck on a few letters — Y?? Q?? H??

  16. I love this idea too. I have created a list for my kids and am working on putting it together. Thanks for sharing your cute rhymes…I love em.

    I had a hard time with a couple letters too but it’s come together. A few harder letter ideas:
    Y- Y is for Yummy foods and treats, listed are a few of my favorites to eat. (I listed their favorites on the page)
    Q- Q is for Quilt, my mom made it for me…it’s soft and cozy made special for me.
    H- H is for House or Home (don’t have a rhyme for it yet)

  17. Mary-Hannah Davis Says: April 16, 2014 at 11:43 am

    I loveeee your books! I am an Elementary Education major and we are making books. I really love the idea of creating an ABC book about me to share with my students. Where did you get your book published? P

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