As much as I would love to “sleep when the baby sleeps,” I can’t go back to sleep at 8:30am, so I have been taking advantage of my sleepy baby’s morning naps to do some scrapbooking. I have caught up our family album through the end of July, and I ordered and set up a mini-album (20 pre-bound small pages) for Sam’s baby book.
Since my family scrapbook is somewhat repetitive with what I already talk about on the blog, I thought it might be fun to show you how I set up the mini-album as a baby book. There’s a really good post on Becky Higgins’ blog (she’s the creator of Project Life) about this, but it uses a large format (12″ x 12″) album & core kit, while I just have the smaller mini album and mini kit. Undeterred, I stole the best ideas, as well as a few things from my older son’s more traditional fill-in-the-blanks baby book, and here’s what I came up with:
(After this page I have a Grandparents page — it’s basically the same idea.)
The nice thing about this is that the scrapbooking part of the book is basically done (while I still have a bit of time on my hands), and I just have to slip photos in as the year goes along.
The Project Life kits are pretty generous with the number of cards included, so if I decide I want a different color/design filler card somewhere, or want to swap one out for a journaling card, I have plenty left to choose from.
The only downsides to this book that I can see right now are no places for vertically-oriented photos, and no place to put larger or odd-shaped baby mementos, like the baby announcement, hospital registration bracelet, etc.
My only other comment is that this mini-kit is marketed as specifically for baby boys, but I think it’s actually pretty gender neutral — I don’t think the word “boy” even appears anywhere on the cards. If you have a girl, but aren’t into pink or girly things, I think this kit would work great.