This post contains affiliate links. For more information, see my disclosures here.
This post is also known as “This momma is far to lazy for scrapbooking.”
I like scrapbooking in theory, so if you do it, go on. Scrapbook. And skip this post.
But, if you are more like me, scrapbooking is something you know won’t work for you. Because it’s overwhelming. And expensive. And because you are a bit lazy. I love the IDEA of scrapbooking, but I always end up with tons of expensive stuff and too many ideas and not enough time to execute. Which means all the stuff and photos would sit in my basement with other unused scrapbook supplies for eternity.
So, I thought I’d share how I handled the baby book. I actually ended up with three books, all of which add up to be everything I wanted in a baby book. I’m weird like that. But the fact that they were all done within a month of Henry’s first birthday means this is a win in my book. And it was truly easy.
First, there was the baby book itself – I wanted to be able to document milestones and memories from the first year. But when I came home from the hospital, I had zilch. I hadn’t seen one that I liked. And I started to OBSESS about what the perfect baby book would be. I did lots of Etsy browsing on my iphone during middle-of-the-night feedings in those first few weeks.
What I found – there is NOTHING perfect. But I did find something really great. I went with a first-year album in brown houndstooth from 2giggles.
I ordered it with extra blank pages and baby shower pages. I also ordered some brown kraft paper envelopes to add for momentos like Henry’s hospital bracelets. It is really well-done and easy to fill in and make your own.
Each month had a few pages – one for a picture, one for milestones and two for journaling. I picked up a date stamp which I think is a really cute touch. And I added photos to the page with clear photo mounts from Amazon.
There was even room for pregnancy moments and showers, which is ideal since I lost all of my pregnancy journaling when my computer crashed.
First I slurped all of my favorite photos of Henry from the year photos into a book by date. It ended up only being around 1,000 photos, which I thought was pretty reasonable. I even pulled all the photos from my phone that I loved. This actually took very little time because I let the program auto fill the photos and then I just went through it over a few nights and switched around layouts.
Then, I decided to do a separate book for Henry’s weekly photos. I wanted them all together and didn’t want to mash them up with other snapshots. Having a separate book worked well.
Finally, as the year progressed, I realized that there was a lot of other “stuff” I wanted to keep – loose photos, discs and tons of greeting cards. So, I started throwing them in a photo box in Henry’s closet. This was the perfect way to keep them together.
And that, my friends, is how I tackled the baby book. Or more fairly, books.
It may seem like a lot, but because I spread it all out throughout the year, it was perfect for a lazy mom like me.