development – handmade book: ashlynn saves the rainbow fairy

It’s hard to believe, but we have a niece that turned 10 this past week!  We love Ashlynn and are enjoying watching her grow up…for some reason, she reminds me of Nancy Drew.  She is quick, thoughtful, smart, and oh so much fun.  Her book is an adventure as a heroine, solving riddles and a rainbow fairy.  Happy Birthday Ashlynn!

I’m just showing a few of the pages, but essentially, Ashlynn has to follow riddles to collect the colors of the rainbow fairy in order to regain the fairy’s color and her powers.

These books have been so much fun!  I’m really not sure which of the 4 stories I like best.  And I hope we don’t run out of ideas for the kiddos whose birthdays come at the end of the year!  🙂

8 thoughts on “development – handmade book: ashlynn saves the rainbow fairy

  1. Trina, that’s fantastic! I have an Ashlynn (It’s even spelled the same!) who is 6, and she would die of sheer excitement to get something like that. It’s

  2. 🙂 I was talking to my niece Maci about your Ashlynn the other night. It really is a strange thing for my family to understand that you and I met via Terresa and blogging. 🙂

    • Hi Eva 🙂

      I think that’s one of those fun things about being a mom…you try all the things you missed out on as a child…unfulfilled dreams…or like me you do creative stuff with them realizing that they think everything is amazing. What can I say, my kiddos and the designer are my biggest fans!

  3. Oh wow! That is amazing! I love your drawings! I love to draw, but I’m terrible at making up characters. And, being a bookbinder and having taught it at BYU, I’m partial to handmade books.
    I LOVE it! Its so great!
    And thanks for your comment on my MMB post. For some reason I was so worried people would take it wrong and want to throw rocks at my head.

    • Serene, you crack me up! 🙂 I haven’t seen it get too heated at mmb in the comments section for a while. But yes, I loved your post. Sometimes it’s hard to be honest though…people do get braver about being mean when they think it is anonymous.

      As for the book, I’m so glad you liked it. I was looking at your books this morning after reading your post…I hadn’t been on your art blog for a while. The drawings are so great. Like you, I prefer looking at something. This is new for me, I’m trying, and it has been fun. I’d love to have you teach me how to bind some books of my own. Did you know Ashley Knudsen when you were at the Y? She is my 2nd cousin or something, and I adore her. She still teaches there. My bff Nancy Andruk was in the Art Program and we would run into Ashley in the Bookbinding room occasionally. Sometimes I dream about going back to the Y and doing an art degree….Ah dreams! You’re loved, let’s make books one of these days ok?!

  4. Your drawings are awesome. When are you submitting some stuff to publishing houses/agents/etc??

    Seriously. There’s a lot of terribly published stuff sitting in public libraries across this great land (I know, I’ve seen ’em). Your books could encourage a whole new generation of readers. Just a thought (nudge, nudge)…

    • You’re awesome Terresa…I still have a lot of work to do to get to that point, but oh, wouldn’t it be fun! xoxo

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