Building Blocks for Baby Layouts: the Online Feature

by Elizabeth Dillow

Is there a particular milestone that you want to remember from the perspective of a parent? Make a milestone page for your own scrapbook. Now that my three girls are past their first year and sleeping relatively soundly on a regular basis, I wanted to do a “big picture” page about how they learned to sleep through the night and when that major milestone occurred for each of them. This page is about them, but it’s really for me to remember the struggles and rewards of parenting.

materials page frames, metal tags (Making Memories) + flower (Nature’s Pressed) + P22 Cezanne font +  12 x 12 page by Elizabeth Dillow, Arlington, VA

I made this page for Maddie with photos of her meeting each of her aunts and uncle for the first time. When you’re planning what to include in a baby’s first year scrapbook, don’t just think of favorite “stuff,” measurements, and milestones—think of people, too. Look for photos that introduce the relationships (besides immediate family) that your small person will value throughout his or her life.

materials accordion album (Books By Hand) + patterned paper (KI Memories) + sticker (American Crafts) + ribbon + 4 x 6 accordion album by Elizabeth Dillow, Arlington, VA

Here’s a simple way to share the joy of a growing baby: a month-by-month accordion album. This easy project only requires that you have a picture of your newborn baby and a photo from each month of her first year. It’s truly amazing to see the changes that take place during a single calendar year! I used a plain chipboard album kit and customized the cover with patterned paper, but you can adapt this project to any album. Here’s a tip: plan to take your photos in a similar spot each month or with a similar background, or simply use random photos from each month.

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