When I had Samuel, I debated between creating traditional layouts for his baby book or doing it Project Life style. After mulling over it for quite some time, I decided to do it Project Life style — mainly because it was absolutely doable for me as a new mom.
Here’s a glimpse of Samuel’s first year baby book …
I used the Rocket Age collection from October Afternoon to make the month cards. For each month, I used Becky Higgins Design A and We R Memory Keepers 4×6 & 6×12 page protector.
I saved the documents from his check-ups and inserted them when appropriate.
Each month, I made a 6×12 card for footprints and handprints. I found that handprints were challenging — especially for an infant because they always want to clasp their hands. I found that I could not do it by myself — Jim was always willing to help me get a (somewhat) good print each month.
This page concludes the first month of Samuel’s life. I took some time at the end of each month to document his progress, milestones, firsts, etc. I printed the journaling on a 6×12 sheet of cardstock and slid it right in the sheet protector.
Five months. I love his rolls.
Foot and handprints at five months were so much better than the first few months.
A few notes about Samuel’s first year book …
- So glad I incorporated the handprint/footprint cards. So cool to compare the size of his prints then and now.
- I did not do a whole lot of journaling — most of it is on a 6×12 sheet of cardstock that I printed at the end of each month.
- I made a bunch of journaling cards with prompts but never got around to filling them out.
- I ordered Project Life Baby (neutral edition) and incorporated them into this book.
- Even though I did not finish this book (just never got around to printing photos from 7 & 8 months) I am so glad I got most of it done. I am motivated to go back and finish.
Samuel will be two in about two weeks. I am trying to get year two done before his birthday (ha!). Here’s a peek into his second book …
Year two title page. For this book, I used A Boy’s Life from Echo Park. I’m looking for a new collection for year three. I’d love recommendations if you have any.
Month twenty-two. Using bits and pieces from A Boy’s Life and Project Life Baby (neutral) to document year two. Loving the look of it so far. I’ve been writing to Samuel for the last 20+ months (only missed a couple of months when life was super crazy) and am playing with placement of the letters/notes in this book.
For each month, I’m using Becky Higgin’s design A and G page protectors. I’m using pattern papers and journal cards to break up the photos a bit — and document the stories behind some of my favorite photos.
This concludes month twenty-two. The brown card (left page) is from the Project Life Baby Edition and is meant for documenting milestones, etc. Since most of the milestones and funny stories are written in the form of a letter (shown above on white cardstock), I’m using the brown journaling card to document stories that come to mind as I’m going back through the photos.
Month twenty-three. I love the oranges, blues and yellows in the Boy’s Life collection. And the yellows/greys/browns from the neutral Project Life Baby Edition complements it so well.
Changed up the letter I wrote to Samuel by printing it on 4×6 cardstock and attaching it with washi tape. It folds up nicely and fits perfectly into a 4×6 pocket.
Incorporating more of my own handwriting into book two. Will need to go back and do the same to book one. Using the Design G page protectors gives me the option for some vertical images.
I am loving the process. And am so happy to be documenting his story.
Conclusion of twenty-three months. Twenty-four months is in the works. And so are months twenty-five to thirty-six.
Spending the time to document his story is absolutely worth it — especially when I see the twinkle in his eye as he’s going through the books.