Stamps: Frosty, Two of Hearts, Hearts & Clovers, Never-Ending Joy, Paint Prints, Lovely As A Tree, Stars & Swirls, Winged Things, Bow Wow, Carved & Candlelit, Fall Whimsy, Happiest of Holidays
Paper: Barely Banana, Sage Shadow, Whisper White
I made “baby’s first year” scrapbooks for two friends of mine last year and I’m just now getting around to posting the pictures. Each month has a two-page layout done in seasonal colors and each one has a space for a 5x7 photo and several smaller ones. I wrote the sizes for the pictures on the mats so the new moms would be able to tell what size pictures they’d need to put in each place. I also left space for journaling (the white block). Titles for each month were done with a Sizzix machine.
Here’s the very first page for the baby girl book, whose nursery colors were yellow and green…the other book I did for a baby boy, the colors were Gable Green for the background and Bliss Blue for the letters and mats, which were the colors of his nursery. This is kind of a sampler page for what’s to come; each block represents one month and uses the same stamps that I used for that month’s layout. It starts with October (the pumpkin) in the upper left because both babies were born in October and the books went from October to September. I actually made the title pages last since I kind of made up the rest of the book as I went along.
Both moms were so surprised to get these books but it was a lot of fun to put together. If I had it all to do over again, and I’m not sure I’m crazy enough to do that since I know how long it took to make two of these, I’d probably simplify the color schemes so I could just buy cardstock in a few colors—I bought a whole lot of variety packs and still have a bunch of stuff left (it’ll get used sooner or later). It would probably be a whole lot easier to come up with three layout sketches you really like and then do those three sketches four times, once for each season (hopefully that makes sense), but I got the crazy idea to do these books and just ran with it.
Date: Wednesday, August 2, 2006 GMT Views: 1114