Building Blocks for Baby Layouts: the Online Feature

by Elizabeth Dillow
Building Blocks for Baby Layouts: the Online Feature

There are a few things you probably counted on when a new baby entered your life: adorable clothes, snuggly blankets, and lots of new gear. A few more things you might have counted on are inexplicable amounts of laundry, sleepless nights, and spit-up. But one thing you never expected was the sheer volume of pictures accumulated in the first year. We can’t really help you with your laundry, but we can give you some terrific ideas for charting those precious milestones and tender moments of your baby’s first year! (Don’t miss our Building Blocks for Baby Layouts feature in the Simple Scrapbooks March/April ’09 issue for more great ideas!)

materials patterned paper, chipboard girl (Scenic Route) + chipboard heart (Heidi Grace) + PraterScript and P22 Stanyan fonts + 12 x 12 page by Elizabeth Dillow, Arlington, VA

It’s rewarding to see evidence of a happy, healthy baby; every smile, coo, and babble indicates that your baby is thriving. Why not pick out an especially rewarding milestone to include in your baby’s first year scrapbook? Add a simple strip of photos, a title, some journaling, and one small embellishment to make this page easy to complete—you could do it while your clothes are in the dryer.

materials chipboard letters (American Crafts) + scallop punch (Fiskars) + scraps of patterned paper from stash + KufiStandardGK font + 12 x 12 page by Elizabeth Dillow, Arlington, VA

Wondering what to do with all the treasured photos you’ve taken throughout the year? Make an non-traditional baby milestones page! Look through your photos and choose a handful, then arrange them to fit across the page by hand or with your favorite photo-editing program. Here’s a tip: check the metadata for each photo to determine the date it was taken.

materials patterned paper (My Mind’s Eye) + chipboard shapes (Fancy Pants Design) + chipboard letters (American Crafts) + letter sticker (K&Company) + stickers (Heidi Grace, Fontwerks) + heart punch (EK Success) + 12 x 12 page by Elizabeth Dillow, Arlington, VA

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