First I covered the book in MME Stella and Rose paper, I believe it was the Gertie collection, and used some of the embellishments that coordinated with the paper. Luckily Cropchocolate.com sold it all in one package, the paper, embellishments, ribbons, lace trim, etc. Made it SO easy.
I have faux library cards lying around, and since the book started life in the library, I felt it was an appropriate embellishment. It states that my daughter 'checked out' my heart on the day of her birth, and never returned it. :)
Inside the front cover I wanted to mention my husband, because after all, he was instrumental in bringing our little girl about. I distressed and stamped a plain little manilla folder to make it look old. I also pleated and edge punched the first page of the book and tied it out of the way with a ribbon.
Then I simply cut out photo mats and pennants and such and decorated the pages in a casual way without over thinking it.
I was surprised by how quick and easy this project was and highly recommend it to anyone who finds cheap hardcovers at libraries or yard sales. It could also be done with vibrant colors, or in a graffiti style, and have a completely different vibe.
Enjoy the possibilities!