Guest Author - Michelle McVaney
Baby scrapbooks have got to be the most fun! There are so many great baby scrapbooking products to choose from. Not to mention that the photos are just so precious!
Most of us have baby books; you know the ones. They have pages with lines for you to fill out their "firsts" and all the good stuff. Nice to have, but kinda boring if you are into scrapbooking.
When my second child was born I got into scrapbooking. I made it a goal to scrapbook his baby book. It was such a rewarding experience and even though my style significanly changed, I can still look back through that book and cherish all of those special moments. My first childs baby book is just the old baby book fill in the blank type mentioned before. While it is great to look through it and recall all her firsts, it is just not the same as a scrapbook.
One of my dear scrapbooking friends has just begun to scrapbook her sons baby book. Keep in mind that her son is now 13! That's ok! She is having the most fun ever going back through all those old photos and reliving those moments! She has inspired me to go back and scrapbook my first childs baby book. It is something that I have looked forward to doing but just haven't made the time yet.
Gather your baby photos, memorabilia, fill in the blank baby book, calendar, etc.
Decide on an album
Look through the things that you have gathered for your baby album and decide what size album will work best. If you have a lot of photos and memorabilia I would suggest a 12x12 album.
There are many great albums to choose from. Just do a search for baby albums or visit your local scrapbook store and see what they can help you find!
Plan before you shop
Don't go hog wild and overspend. Before you go shopping for your scrapbooking supplies take an inventory of what you are going to need.
*Decide if you want your scrapbook to follow a color or design theme or if you want all of your pages to be unique.
*Sort through your photos and memorabilia to preplan what will be on each page.
*While sorting, create a list of supplies that you will need. For instance, you have 6 photos of babies first bath. You will most likely do a 2 page spread so you will need paper, and first bath embellishments.
Time to Collect your Baby Scrapbooking Supplies
Yes! This is the FUN part! It is time to go shopping to get the supplies you need for your project! You can find baby scrapbooking supplies at your local scrapbook store and the online stores. There is TONS to choose from!
Have fun scrapbooking
I hope that you enjoy putting your baby book together as much as I do! This is a project that is so rewarding over and over again. Your child will love it just as much as you do!