Albums, Baby, Scrapbooking

Lily’s Baby Album

I wasn’t actively scrapbooking when Nora was born, so I never kept a good in-the-moment baby book for her (oh, and there was that whole overwhelmed and exhausted brand new parents thing), and when I did start scrapbooking again, I started a full-size 8.5×11 album for her. It’s an album full of mish-mashed pages and random stories, which is kind of nice, but if I want to be able to keep up with a good album for Lily, I’m going to need more structure.

So 6×8 it is. I’ve fallen in love with this size after finishing December Daily and Week in the Life projects – it’s such a neat little album if you want to actually finish a project, while 8.5×11 albums tend to go on indefinitely for me. There’s also not that much room in most of them, so I’m forced to keep things simple and structured, which is just what I need right now. So far I’m thinking: opening page (birth announcement), a spread about the pregnancy, a spread about midwife visits/how excited Nora was to become a big sister (I have some cute photos of her at my checkups), the birth story, and then I’ll jump into monthly updates.

Lily's album

(I just realized that I sent out like five of those birth announcements and then forgot all about them. Egads! Where are they even??)

I’ll stick with a really easy setup for the monthly updates – one main photo, four smaller favorite photos from the month, and a 3×8 page protector with written highlights from the month. I’m so bummed I didn’t do something like that in real time for Nora, because her first year is just a blur at this point!

For Lily’s two-month update, I used the digital version of Ali’s Numbers Story Kit, including the beautiful patterned paper from one of the journaling cards. It was finished in two shakes of a lamb’s tail, if you don’t count the 743 hours I spent looking at photos of Lily to decide on five favorites.

Side note: I really wish I had photoshopped out that gigantic, fugly WARNING label in the car seat in the main photo. Oh well.

Two Months

If there’s room in the album, I think I’ll add a couple of extra themed spreads like bath time, food explorations (when that time comes), and whatever other special things that may pop up. She’s growing up way too fast already!

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  • Reply Marie Worthing February 7, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    That sounds like it will be a fantastic album!!!! It is great to have a ‘template’ idea to follow and make it easier. Sadly I didn’t start scrapbooking until after my first child and then just barely for my second so didn’t have any plan or any notes recorded. As the youngest is now 7.5 everything is just a blur now. I am trying to figure out how to go back an reconstruct things from just the random photos that we have because they looked cute :)
    Love your idea and glad that you are doing well :)
    Cheers, Marie

  • Reply CarrieH February 8, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Love this idea. Sweet and simple and capturing some of the real life stuff. We all know how easy it is to forget things we think we never will. Your girls are adorable. Love your shares, thanks.

  • Reply Tiffany M. February 9, 2017 at 10:07 am

    This is a lovely way to capture her first year! Thanks for the inspiration!

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