Making a baby scrapbook is a beautiful way to remember your child when he or she was little. Scrapbooks are more personal, detailed, and elaborate than traditional photo albums. If you have more than one child, each child’s baby scrapbook can be a reflection of their unique personalities.
If you’re inspired by the idea of creating a baby scrapbook, here are some tips.
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Gather Your Supplies
For those totally new to scrap-booking, the first thing you should do is collect supplies. You don’t need anything terribly elaborate to get started; just paper, photos, scissors, and glue. But as you work, you may find that you want to jouge up your book with some other supplies such as:
* 3-hole punch
* Yarn or ribbon to tie the scrapbook pages together
* Card stock
* Calendar (to mark down when certain things happen so you have that information when you put the scrapbook together)
* Small sentimental items that can be glued to the paper
Make It Personal
Marking milestones like first steps and first haircuts is fun and important, but don’t forget to make your baby scrapbook personal and unique. Dancing, funny facial expressions, and amusing phrases are just some of the things you can watch out for and document.
Choose a Theme or Design
To give a sense of unity and cohesion, it’s nice to pick a scrapbook theme. Come up with one yourself or choose a theme and template online or from a commercial scrapbook. Here are some ideas::
* Flower garden
* Animals or pets
* Cars and trucks
* Family tree
When putting together your baby scrapbook, you will undoubtedly have more keepsakes than you know what to do with. A scrapbook can easily look messy and cluttered if you try to cram everything into it. Choose the most important items – you don’t need to put in notations from every doctor visit but you can include information from the 6-month check-up and the 1-year check-up.
If your baby had or has special challenges, such as requiring physical therapy or overcoming a medical event, you may want to make notes of his or her progress in this regard. But again, be choosy and include only key memorabilia and milestones.
Set Aside Time to Work on the Scrapbook
Many times, creating a baby scrapbook is something you intend to do but never quite get around to. Because babies require a lot of time, this is bound to happen if you don’t make time each day or week to work on your scrapbook. Regularly working on your scrapbook also means that you will be able to note details before you forget.