As some of you may remember, Cory turned 40 on April 2 and if you follow my Instagram feed you may also remember that I was doing something I called Forty to 40. Forty to 40 was an idea I had to celebrate 40 things that I love about Cory leading up to his fortieth birthday. Everyday I printed a reason that I loved him, or what I loved about him on a tag and gave it to him. Some of those tags were accompanied with a little treat but the majority of them were just the tags. It was always a treat for me to see him get excited for his daily tag. After 39 days I took all the tags, added in a few photos and turned then all into a mini book with the fortieth tag finishing off the book. I just love how it turned out, it was a fun way to celebrate him and let him know how valuable he is to Anna & I.
These photos show how I began this project and a couple examples of the daily tags.
Forty days to 40.
Forty things that make you you & Forty of the reasons I love you.
Day 1: You are a comic aficionado. I gave him a Wolverine Pez dispenser to accompany that tag.
Day 24: You sold your comic collection to help someone you cared about. I don't know that I'd of done the same thing. I wish all the time that I could get them back for you. For this tag I purchased online versions of a couple comics he had owned. They were Volume 1: Edition 1 of his favourites. (Online issues are available and are drastically cheaper and give people who can't afford the real deal a chance to read them)
The finished book. I kept it really simple. I stacked the tags, added in some photos that where adhered to scraps of pattern paper or vellum, a couple of the coupons I gave, punched 2 holes through each piece and then bound it with binder rings.
A few pictures from inside the book.
Here you can see I included some photos that went with the tags. I also wrote out coupons to go with a few of them. This particular coupon is for "one time out of your choice".
Day 35: Momma: Anna, why do you love Daddy?
Anna: He is happy.
Anna: He makes pancakes.
More photos from inside.
This project was rewarding for both of us. Him on the receiving end of all this love and for me it was a wonderful way to show him that there are so many little things that matter. So many little things that make him him and so very lovable and cherished.