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Memory Keeping: Book of Good Wishes

A newborn seems to bring out the writer in everyone. Organize congratulation cards and other correspondence about baby into a single volume.

Source: Martha Stewart Baby, Volume 1 Special Issue 2000



Before long, most new parents find themselves adrift in a jumble of precious trinkets: tiny shoes, well-loved toys, embroidered gowns, the lock of hair from baby's first trim. With some creativity, you can use these things to create a poetic record of the first years of life. 






  • Museum board

  • Decorative paper

  • Scissors

  • Glue

  • Bone folder (optional)


  1. Cover two pieces of museum board with decorative paper: Cut paper to the dimensions of the boards, adding 1/2 inch on all sides for an overlap. Center each board on the back of one of the pieces of paper; glue down.

  2. Trim the paper's corners on the diagonal 1/8 inch from the points of the board. Fold over one side at a time. Crease edges using a bone folder or your fingers; glue down. Fold over remaining sides.

  3. To line the inside covers, cut two pieces of decorative paper to the dimensions of the covers minus 1/4 inch on all sides. Glue the paper lining in place. Assemble letters and cards between the faces, and have the book spiral-bound at a copy-shop.

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