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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

.:Tutorial Tuesday - Easy Baby Book:.

Yesterday I posted about some of the ways I preserve memories of/for my kid(s). Before I had Reece, I knew that I wanted to find some easy way to do this because I didn't even stay on top of my scrapbooking before I had any kids! My sister in law had received a pre-made scrap/photo book before she had her first child, and I liked the idea of it, but decided to add more to it.

I include two pages for each month, and each holiday. I also include two pages for blessing day and birthday. You could go even farther, adding pages for firsts: tooth, bath, haircut, etc. But for me, what I've got going is enough!

Each month/holiday has two pages with three spots for pictures, and one spot for journaling. The journaling is not much; if it's for a month, I just make two columns and list likes and dislikes. It is a fun glimpse into their personalities at certain stages. For holidays, I just write how we celebrated. For the blessing day, I write down the things that my husband blessed our daughter(s) with. You could choose not to include this, and could also add more spaces for pictures if you want.

What you need:
- scrapbook
- scrapbook paper
- coordinating cardstock
- embellishments
- your choice of adhesive (I'm a fan of double sided tape!)

Arrange your paper in order, starting with the month of birth or birthday, going through each month and holiday until the following birthday.

I have pre-made templates of how big I want the photo spaces and the journaling spaces to be. I cut the cardstock with my paper cutter, and adhere it to the two pages.

I go through and do this to all of the pages before doing anything else.

Then I go back through and add some small embellishments to each page. Again, nothing fancy, but just a little extra.

All that's left to do is add some pictures and some journaling! It's a quick, easy way to once or twice a month add a little bit and then have something great to pass on to your kid(s).

Here are a few examples from Reece's first year scrapbook, and a couple from her second year book. We obviously aren't in to her second year book too much yet, and baby sister's is just waiting to be started!


Keeping It Simple


The Girl Creative

The Trendy Treehouse

Creations by Kara

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  1. I love the idea, Sumo, and of course the scrap booking paper used by you is awesome! I don't have babies yet, but would love to make this when I do!

  2. That is great! I especially LOVE the black and white page, so cute!

  3. Thank you for this great idea! I have both of my babies scrapbooks sitting here staring at me and I have done NOTHING for them, but I am so glad you posted about this! It makes it a LOT easier to make a book :-)

  4. Cute Summer, I love it. I wish I could just let go of my scrapbooking obsession of having my pages look so full of stuff and perfect and just throw something together real quick like this! I love it!

  5. I love this idea. My sister made me a scrapbook for my wedding which was amazing. I need to get working on ones for my kiddos.

  6. What a great idea to simplify! I'm a big fan of scrapbooking and did a whole detailed book for my first child, but little girl is not getting so lucky! I like the idea of making the template and sticking the pictures in as we go. Good idea...found you through blue cricket today; so glad i did! shaunna :)

  7. I love to scrapbook too! Your baby album is adorable

  8. What a wonderful idea... That seems so much easier...

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  9. I love those layouts! They are super cute.

  10. I LOVE this idea! It would be a great shower gift idea too! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Great idea! I need to be better about my pictures! : )

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  13. That Black and White page takes my breath away! Can I just say how happy I am that you linked up...(thanks buddy)

  14. Great idea to do pre-mades! :) I made a beautiful scrapbook for my oldest. She was 2 when little sister came along, and I haven't done much scrapbooking since. Maybe I'd have more done if I had some templates made up ahead of time. :)

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  15. Omigod i absolutely love this idea. Way to be on top of it mama. I am so embarrassed by my half efforts at my baby's scrapbook and so many I started and didnt finish or didnt even start along the way :/// This is genius. Have to do this now. Thanks so much for posting ur idea!

  16. I LOVE this idea...
    I can't stay on top of scrapbooking, and am overwhelmed by the idea. But I'd still love for Burke to have a record of his 'firsts.' This seems like the perfect combo of those two! :)
    Thanks for linking up, and for the great idea. :)

  17. What a sweet book.

    Thanks so much for posting to the party.
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  18. So cute! I really should get back into my scrapbooks but it seems so hard when you're starting up! :)

    Thanks for linking up!

  19. Hi Summer, thanks so much for sharing another great project! all the best!

  20. That is super cute! Thanks for linking up to link up to check me out saturdays over at my blog www.iamonly1woman.blogspot.com

  21. Hi Summer! What a cute scrapbook! I am so behind. I really need to sit down and make a few of those. Great idea!!

    Thanks so much for linking up to my party. I really appreciate it!


  22. I am not even a scrapbooker, but I think I could do this! Great ideas! Thanks for linking up to Baby Week at Oopsey Daisy!!


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