Just made it in time - the book was finished a couple of days before I needed it for Sam's 3rd birthday.
The idea was that it would be partly for now and partly as a memory to look back on in the future.
Luckily he enjoyed it now :>) , recognised the farmer, cat, his mum, his grandads legs, beaches, himself etc - and keeps looking back and forward between pages. He absolutely loves books and stories.
It's a mix of sketches I'd done in the area with added extra images of him and his activities - all scanned into Photoshop.
I used a vivid sea coloured painting he did on the beach, in my sketchbook, lightening it, and using it as a background for the text, linking the text and images through the book; changing the colour of it in Photoshop to match sand or city scenes as necessary.
The pages were put together in Publisher using a simple sans serif font, so that when he learns to read in a year or two, it will be straightforward for him to read for himself.
I decided I wanted the images to fill the pages, with no border. This meant cutting every page to size before assembling it - and my trimmer/guillotine had died so it was down to craft knife and ruler - and I don't do neat very well!
Hinges of paper on the back join the pages together to enable the concertina/banner opening up to a looooooong panorama.
The writing skill isn't the greatest ! I'm better at painting than writing so forgive please .
Now to start on one for Christmas ......
Links to previous posts on the beginnings of this book here and here