Jul 152011
 

Photo and Scrapbooking Ideas For Baby's First Year

A few weeks ago, I met Melanie who is expecting her first child. I was happy to discover that she is also a digital scrapbooker! I want to share with her a few of my favorite baby layouts that I did for my kids to give her some ideas for her baby’s book. Unfortunately, Melanie lives on the opposite side of the state so I decided to write this post and share it with her and you!

Kara is 4 and Colin is 2. I was still paper scrapbooking when they were born but started with digital scrapbooking just as Colin turned 1. Here are some of my favorite layouts that I did for my kids. (NOTE: Please excuse the photography of the paper layouts – another reason Why I Love Digi. Also I never kept track of my paper scrapbooking supplies so I have no credits for those layouts.)

Baby Bumps
I started scrapbooking for my babies before they were born! I took belly photos throughout my pregnancy holding signs showing how far along I was at that time.

For Kara’s baby bump photos my signs showed the number of weeks. That was confusing for people because we all think of pregnancy as lasting for 9 months (36 weeks) but it actually lasts for 40 weeks.

Photo and Scrapbooking Ideas For Baby’s First Year by Simply Kelly Designs

Photo and Scrapbooking Ideas For Baby’s First Year by Simply Kelly Designs

When I was pregnant with Colin, I decided to take the monthly approach.

Photo and Scrapbooking Ideas For Baby’s First Year by Simply Kelly Designs

If I had to do it again, I think I would wear the same maternity shirt for all the photographs and use my fingers to show the months instead of holding a sign.

Monthly Chair Photos
My favorite baby layouts are of the monthly photos that I took of my kids in their toddler chair. Kara’s photos had her sitting in the chair with my cabbage patch doll Annabelle.

Photo and Scrapbooking Ideas For Baby’s First Year by Simply Kelly Designs

Kara’s Watch Me Grow | grungy frame by Jessica Sprague | Gilligan’s Island font

At first the Kara sat in the chair with her doll but at 5 months they couldn’t both fit. In Kara’s 11 month chair photo I had to put cheerios all over the chair to get her to sit in it. She’s actually holding one in her hand.

You don’t need to create a scrapbook layout to showcase these precious photos! I have this frame in our hallway.

Photo and Scrapbooking Ideas For Baby’s First Year by Simply Kelly Designs

Colin sat in the chair with a large giraffe that perfectly matched the colors in our Hawaiian themed nursery.

Photo and Scrapbooking Ideas For Baby’s First Year by Simply Kelly Designs

Colin’s Watch Me Grow | Baby Boy Basics Kit by Simply Kelly Designs | Baby Basics Month and Day Circles by Simply Kelly Designs | Baby Basics Epoxy Stickers by Simply Kelly Designs

I had to work hard to get those chair photos of Colin. Not only did I have the normal squirmy child but I also had Kara who wanted to help and be in the pictures too! The effort was completely worth it!

UPDATE 9/30/11: I had many requests for a digital template for the monthly photos so here are two new templates that I have available. The templates are fully layered so you can alter it as you wish or just add photos for a finished layout!

Photo and Scrapbooking Ideas For Baby’s First Year by Simply Kelly Designs

Photo and Scrapbooking Ideas For Baby’s First Year by Simply Kelly Designs

Project 365
I found out about Project 365 at the end of 2008. Project 365 is the process of documenting your life using a photo a day. I started our first family Project 365 in January of 2009. When Colin was born in February of 2009 I started a separate Project 365 for him. Colin’s Project 365 had photos of him and things relating just to him. This was on top of the regular scrapbook layouts that I did for him.

Photo and Scrapbooking Ideas For Baby’s First Year by Simply Kelly Designs

The head in the photo belongs to Colin. He LOVES looking at his Project 365 album so he ran right over when I got the album out to take a photo. Right after this photo was taken Kara also ran over and they looked at the album together – such a wonderful reminder of why I scrapbook.

For Colin’s Project 365 I used paper and embellishments from my stash. Each week the paper and the journaling cards changed to either match the photos or the time of year. This is the idea that I had for the title page.

Photo and Scrapbooking Ideas For Baby’s First Year by Simply Kelly Designs

I created a 12×12 digital layout and cropped it into size 6×4 photos. I just love it!

Supplies that I used for Colin’s First Year Project 365:

Sometimes I consider the idea of re-creating Colin’s First Year Project 365 digitally so that I can make multiple copies of it for me, him and our family members. This  would not be too difficult because I have all the photos labeled and I can use my digital Project 365 Templates.

Do you like the idea of Project 365 but don’t scrapbook? There are smart phone apps out there just for this purpose! (NOTE: I do not have a smart phone so I have not tried these apps.)

Presidential Greeting
Did you know that you can request a presidential birth greeting from the White House?

Photo and Scrapbooking Ideas For Baby’s First Year by Simply Kelly Designs

When I did this for Kara, George W. Bush was still president and all I had to do was fill out an online form. Colin was born just after President Obama was inaugurated. For his presidential birth greeting, I sent a letter to:

The White House
Attn: Greetings Office
Washington, D.C. 20502-0039

You need to include the following information:

  • Name of baby
  • Address of baby
  • Date (month, day, year) of birth
  • Your name and daytime phone number

You will received a card “signed” by President Obama and the First Lady. The envelope will have your baby’s name and address handwritten on it. The two items together make a wonderful keepsake. The presidential birth greeting must be requested within baby’s first year. I requested our greetings a few weeks after birth.

Solid Food
I kept a spreadsheet of when my kids tried foods for the first time and how they liked it. Columns for the spreadsheet were: food, date started, days, notes. This is the second page of Kara’s solid food layout.

Photo and Scrapbooking Ideas For Baby’s First Year by Simply Kelly Designs

For this layout:

  • print the spreadsheet out on cardstock
  • mount the spreadsheet on patterned paper
  • create a pocket with staples (the photos cover up the staples I used to staple the photo mat to the background cardstock)
  • insert the spreadsheet

I hope you found some ideas you can use for your baby. Have a great weekend!

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  1. I love this post, looking through your baby albums was fun and educational(i didn’t know abt the presidential greeting!). Your kids are lucky to have those albums to look at and enjoy. :)

  2. Just lovely Kelly! If only I knew about htose when I was pregnant with mine…LOL! What a fun way to document your pregnancy and the first years of your kids. Gorgeous creative ideas I should pass on to my friends. TFS! Your babies are gorgeous:-)

  3. Wonderful post! I love your albums and layouts, both traditional and digi! Yes, that title page broken up into 6 photos is brilliant! Although digi is easier, I still recognize the amount of work this all is, but oh how worth it!
    Now off to investivate the iPad P365 apps :-) Thanks!

  4. Thank you so much, Kelly! I wish I had been better about taking monthly maternity photos, but I’ll definitely take monthly photos of our baby girl in a chair with the same props. I LOVE the Watch Me Grow theme! :) And the Project 365 is a must-do as well! Thanks so much for the ideas!

    • You are welcome Melanie! I tell all first time moms about Project 365 for their babies! I can’t wait to see pics of your little girl!

  5. Great post! Where did you find the 12 slot picture frame? That is just what I’m looking for! Thanks!

  6. Kelly, this such a fabulous post! With my oldest daughter expecting her first child, I am trying to think of some relatively simple ways to document pregnancy and baby’s early years. Seeing as I am genetically indecisive (ha, ha!), I keep changing my mind about how I wish to go about it!

    You have some wonderful ideas. My daughter is taking monthly photos of herself and I really like the idea of using one’s fingers each month. Makes for a really easy prop :)

    I had no idea about he Presidential letter! OMGosh! I am only sad that it is too late for most all of our grandbabies, however, I shall pass this information on for those yet to come ;)

    Thank you for sharing and have an incredible week :)

    • I am happy you will be able to use some of these ideas Linda. How exciting for your daughter to be expecting her first child! That is such a special time. Enjoy it with her!

  7. Where did you buy the brown wooden frames with the 12 slots that were 4×6 – I’m looking for some that are black in the exact same model – could buy brown and spray paint if I had to.
    Thanks, Sara

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