Welcome to the third of twelve Blog Hops from the 2014 Becky Higgins Project Creative Team! We are all passionate about Project Life & memory keeping and we wanted to continue to inspire each other and you as we move forward in 2015. Here is a look at what I’ve been working on:
In 2014, I set up and gave away about half a dozen Project Life Baby Albums. Recently, I put together another baby book to surprise a mama in my neighborhood.
The new mamas I give the albums to are not scrapbookers — they are friends of mine who admire my work from afar. They are afraid to dive in — or are intimidated by the whole idea of scrapbooking. But every mama wants to document their baby’s story — it’s my window of opportunity to get them hooked — and hopefully, have them join me at a monthly crop. The more the merrier, right?!?
Being a mama to a newborn has its challenges so I want to keep things easy for them. I do most of the legwork to make the process less overwhelming. The only thing they have to do is take photos, print them, insert them into the book, and write little stories.
Here’s a look at how I go about putting together the foundation pages of a baby book:
First, I set aside the 4×6 month cards, “Notes to You” cards, and “Highlights & Milestones for this Month” cards. I also pull the 3×4 “This Month’s Stats” cards and add them to this pile (not shown here). I use all of these cards for the monthly layouts.
Next, I go through all the prompt cards and pull related ones together.
I pull the family cards together and put together a two page spread using Design A. I do not use all of the title cards — I often use the 4×6 “my family” card and all of the 3×4 journaling cards. I also include a Design G pocket page as an insert to allow for some additional photos, especially for vertical images.
I always create a spread dedicated to the home (and the baby’s room). Again, I use a spread using Design A with a Design G insert. This allows room for additional photos without it being overwhelming.
For the monthly layouts, I use the following recipe: Design A spread with Design G, B or D insert. I ran out of Design G pages for the last book I completed, so I alternated between Design B and D for each month. My favorite insert is Design G — mainly because I like changing up the width for inserts.
To do this, lay out all of the 3×4 cards — making sure I turn some over so I know what is on the backside. Then I randomly pick cards to insert into the 3×4 pockets. I insert two cards into a pocket at one time — this saves me quite a bit of time. Here’s a look at the monthly layout. Left side, Design A. Right side, Design B (insert to allow for more images – especially vertical photos). I like to include the “This Month’s Stats” near the month card. I included photos of my son in the sample to make the layout seem more complete.
At the end of the book, I included extra pocket pages (Design A, B, D and G – depending on what I have in my stash) so the new mom can add additional pages wherever she wants.
When I give the books away, I always include a hand written note with simple directions — and a reminder to “This is meant to be easy so keep it simple. Don’t complicate the process. Have fun.” I also include drawings with dimensions for each pocket.
The entire process takes me somewhere between 2-3 hours.
Have fun setting up your baby book — or one you’re making for a new mama.
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Project Life is a memory keeping system from Becky Higgins. You can find out more about her system and product here.