I need some new ideas!!

Michelle - posted on 09/28/2009 ( 23 moms have responded )

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I am currently working on my daughter's scrapbook (she's nine months) and I am feeling like I'm in a rut! I'm starting to think all my pages are looking the same and I need some fresh ideas! Anything is welcome! Thanks ladies:o)

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Tina - posted on 10/03/2009

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Check out my blog, I use alot of arty techniques, really easy but very effective. www.scrapdiva-tina.blogspot.com

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Michelle - posted on 10/03/2009

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I'll check it out this afternoon when my little one is napping and I get some scrapbooking time!!

Michelle - posted on 10/02/2009

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I LOVE the idea of a "Through my babies eyes page"!! Just might be the next one I have to try! Thank you for the wonderful idea!!

Lori - posted on 10/01/2009

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Sometimes I think I try too hard to make every page a masterpiece. I have even staged a photo shoot to go with an idea. One thing I haven't done yet but would like to is to photo my son doing something ordinary - or maybe a day in the life kind of thing. It seems like his book is full of just special events.



Also, maybe to get down and photo how your daughter see the world right now. She is probably standing some or maybe trying to walk? Sit on or lie down with her and see what she sees - Through my baby's eyes, or This is the way baby sees her world.



Love the ABC book idea. I made one for my niece several years ago. I put photos of her family and pets on the pages their names started with as well as some of her favorite toys, animals, etc. For Q I took a photo of a Q-tip (that mommy uses to clean your ears) and a Quarter. I had fun with that one, but I had more than one photo on each page. We had too many family members that begin with T so that set the stage. I lived in another state so I did not even think to put pictures of Sophie with the items (apple for A, etc.).

DeeAnna - posted on 09/29/2009

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I subscribe to a couple of Scrapbooking Magazines. I also look at layouts online or books at the library. Sometimes just getting together with other friends that scrapbook and looking at their completed scrapbooks will give me new ideas and inspire me.

Michelle - posted on 09/28/2009

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I found this for you Sharon!

ABC Albums Ideas

(adapted from ideas by Ronna N., Carol W. and Rachelle L.)



Sentiments albums make great gifts for anyone and any occasion. They are compact and take very little time. An ABC Sentiments album is easy to make. If you have a lot of photos without dates you might need a larger album.



There are many ways of making an ABC album. Usually each page will have a letter of the alphabet on it. The letters can be stickers, die-cuts or written with pens. You can use one color or style of letter throughout the album or change colors on each page. Primary colors are great for kids' books; gold or silver work well for anniversary, wedding, or adult party; blue for boy; pink or purple for girl; etc.



Types of ABC Albums

Classic - one word and one photo with lots of journaling

(example - A is for airplane; photo of child getting off an airplane, journaling about the trip - possibly on an airplane die-cut)

Formal - one word and many photos

(example - B is for brother; several photos of brother)

Collage - many words and photos beginning with the letter

(example - "c" words around the border and several photos, die-cuts and stickers of various things that start with "c" or on the 'A' page have a photo of your child near an airplane, eating an apple, or with Aunt Lynn)

Planned Words -

The letter of the alphabet will begin a phrase that tells something about who is in the photo or who the album is for. For example:

'A' is for the Adoration I have for you.

'B' is for Believing in me.

'C' is for the Caring way you teach your students.

Bible Verses -

The beginning word of a Bible verse corresponds with the letter of the alphabet. Use stickers for the first letter of the verse then write the rest with a pen.

Poems or Quotes -

Same as the Bible verse method only using short poems, nursery rhymes or quotes.

Borders for ABC albums

It is quick to use the same border on each page. Coordinate the pen color with the the ABC letter. For an easy border cut cardboard with decorative or straight scissors. For a word border cut two templates, one 1/2 inch smaller than the other. Trace the large size, and then trace the small size within the large. Write words between the borders. For example, for the 'A' page write apple, ant, aardvark, etc., and decorate with stickers or die-cuts that begin with 'A'.



Planning is Important

Decide which type of ABC album you want to make.

Choose the colors of your letters.

Use ABC lists and dictionaries to find challenging letters like "X".

Decide which photos to use.

Decide which photos will go on each page and put them in order.

Make the borders on all the pages.

Adhere ABC letters to each page.

Adhere photos to each page.

Write words, phrases, or verses.

Decorate with stickers and die-cuts and if you want.

Some people include pages for seasons, colors, shapes, numbers, etc.

Michelle - posted on 09/28/2009

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As for the A-Z book, my friend made one for her little boy and it was titled "The ABC'S of Dominic". Each page was a different letter and it had a picture of her son with something to do with that letter.

E.X> A is for apple picking

B is for bath time

C is for ...

So she would have had a picture of her son picking apples for the letter A and so on and so forth.

It is a really cute idea and you could journal on each page a little bit about the day. I think I might steal the idea myself and make one for my daughter!!

Michelle - posted on 09/28/2009

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My best friend and scrapbooking partner is working on an ABC book for her little man! Maybe I will give it a whirl!

And Sharon, I ALWAYS look for posts by you!

Sharon - posted on 09/28/2009

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HEY? Describe your A - Z book? Or post some copied pages to the photo section? PLEASE?

Jennifer - posted on 09/28/2009

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When my son was younger I did an a-z book, and also a 1-12 months book. I really enjoyed it and still love looking through them. ;)

Michelle - posted on 09/28/2009

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Quoting Sharon:

have you done any sequence shot pages? I have a sequence of my daughter eating boiled eggs. It was hysterical. I'm going to make a page with the pics starting with the first one on top of a pyramid layout and add embellishments to make it look like a tiered cake, maybe..... lol its one idea I'm playing with for an album that has no form yet, just a vague idea in my head... lol



No I have yet to do any sequence pages, but that's an excellent idea!!  Now I have to take some pictures to create one:o)  I like the pyramid page idea too!!  I love getting other people's opinions!!  And no worries about the tassle thing...  after you made your comment I was going through my scrapbooking things, and guess what I came across...  A TASSLE!  I thought to myself hey that woul look good on a page!  Now I just have to find the right pictures to use it with!

Sharon - posted on 09/28/2009

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Near the top - there is a "Photos" tab. I think my princess pages are on page 2 now.

Debbie - posted on 09/28/2009

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I'm new here, how did you see those pics? My dgd had a princess b'day party and I'd love to see Sharon's princess pages before I scrap mine.

Sharon - posted on 09/28/2009

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Aw thanks!! A tassle, lol a tassle is what I was thinking of, using the brad as the anchor to the page - god I suck at articulating what I mean these days!!

Michelle - posted on 09/28/2009

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That's a great idea Sharon:o) I don't use a lot of brads on my pages, but I am on a ribbon kick right now! So maybe I will give that a whirl! By the way, I was looking through the photo section and saw your Princess pages, they turned out great!!

Sharon - posted on 09/28/2009

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have you done any sequence shot pages? I have a sequence of my daughter eating boiled eggs. It was hysterical. I'm going to make a page with the pics starting with the first one on top of a pyramid layout and add embellishments to make it look like a tiered cake, maybe..... lol its one idea I'm playing with for an album that has no form yet, just a vague idea in my head... lol

Michelle - posted on 09/28/2009

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Thanks Deborah:o) I've been trying some new things and I have a bunch of books and magazines! I think it's just that I don't have much time to work on my albums right now and I'm finding myself taking the quickest route to get a page done! So in the end they all kind of look the same!

Sharon - posted on 09/28/2009

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I agree with Deborah. search 1 yr baby girl albums and see what comes up.



Grab some old magazines from the resale bookstore and find new ideas.



What about brads with tiny ribbons with tiny beads on them? Like tiny building blocks in her special colors? Charm bracelet sized beads?

Debbie - posted on 09/28/2009

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I love looking at scrapbooking magazines for fresh ideas. Also there are some good online sites with scrapbooking comunities, ideas, tips and pics of others' layouts.



Try to use a different type of embellishment, different arrangement of the pics,sizes of them or pick one pic and blow it up larger. Ideas really are endless, go look at others and it will get you going on something new an fresh.

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