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It's my mother-in-law's birthday at the end of the month, and there is nothing she likes more than photos of her children and grandchildren. We usually put together an album of some sort, but after seeing this post over at The Crafts Dept. blog by my friend Silke (stylist, extraordinaire.. and one of the nicest girls you will ever meet), I was sold.

First, you have to buy this photo holder. It will set you back about $20. Then you need 28 assorted photos, half vertical and half horizontal. The photo holder comes filled with plain white cardstock when it arrives, pull those out and insert your photos.. one in each spot. To save a little paper (and the hassle of cutting my own) use the paper the holder came with for the numbers (I just inserted mine into my inkjet printer, which can handle 4x6 sheets).

When you're done, each spot has a photo behind a number card. And on each day of the month, Grandma will pull out the number card to see the photo. Every day she'll have a new photo to unveil. And at the end of the month, a whole panel of photos to enjoy. Grandma's birthday is on the 26th, so we had two extra spots where we said "Happy Birthday Grandma" and "We love you!".

I know my mother-in-law will love seeing all the photos of her smiling grandchildren each day, and then after her birthday she has a nice little photo holder she can swap photos into and out of as she sees fit. Happy birthday Grandma! (and thank you Silke!)

Note: You can download the number files I used here and here. The photo holder only holds 28 numbers, so you're out of luck if your birthday is on the 30th!

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Brilliant idea, I'm going to do this for my mum and father in-law this year. Thanks Brooke, as always an inspiration to me.

01.11.2010 | Unregistered CommenterEngracia

Happy Birthday to your Grandma! I'm sure she'll adore this fantastic gift.

We'll miss you at Alt Summit. : )

01.11.2010 | Unregistered CommenterDesign Mom

This is so clever! I was thinking about making something along these lines for a baby shower gift... so inspiring!

What a wonderful idea... we are copping you for our gramma's birthday next month.

01.11.2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

What grandmother doesn't love photos of her grandchildren? This is the best idea. So much better than a new cheese grater.

01.11.2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

Awesome idea!

01.11.2010 | Unregistered CommenterRachel Halatokoua

What a great idea! And, unbelievably, I already own this collage photo holder -- bought it from Exposures several years ago and haven't used it. (Shame on me!) I know your grandma is going to love the gift! Thanks for sharing your inspiration!

01.11.2010 | Unregistered CommenterJanelle

Love this! It's brilliant!


01.11.2010 | Unregistered Commentermichelle

I love this idea! It's like an advent calendar :) I think I'll have to make one for my son with our cats.

01.11.2010 | Unregistered CommenterBenita

Happy Birthday to your Grandma.....This is the best idea for her.

01.11.2010 | Unregistered Commenterbahar

How beautiful, Happy birthday Grandma

01.12.2010 | Unregistered CommenterSammi

oh wow! i love this idea! we've got a couple of grandma's who would go crazy over something like this!

01.12.2010 | Unregistered CommenterSweetBeaker

what a fantastic idea!! i love it.

01.12.2010 | Unregistered Commentersk

This is a super idea!!

Thank you!

Ashley, with CWDkids

Such a lovely idea!

01.12.2010 | Unregistered CommenterPetit Filoux

Love this idea! Thank you for giving so much detail on it! really helpful

01.12.2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Concierge Mom

Very cool! I'm sure it will be a welcomed gift.

01.12.2010 | Unregistered Commenterhayley l.

love your blog!

01.13.2010 | Unregistered Commenterwishful nalsw

I love that idea. How beautiful. How special. It makes my heart smile.

01.13.2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

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