starting my baby's first album

Heidi - posted on 01/12/2010 ( 53 moms have responded )

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My baby is now 3 months and I want to start his album but I don't really know where to start. What does everyone else do? go weekly, monthly, just special events or use all the photos they take?

Also, we had a miscarriage just prior to having this baby so all I have is 1 ultrasound photo and the dvd, I don't really want to put it in Austin's album but I would like to do something with it. Any suggestions?

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Mandy - posted on 01/12/2010

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Hi Heidi! Congrats on the baby! With my little girl (my 1st), I put in pics of the baby showers and getting the nursery ready for the big arrival! Then just went crazy from the moment she was born!!! There is such awesome baby paper/embelishments out there that you can go crazy..I know I did!!!! I didn't go in any kind of order of months other than the holidays...just let my imagination roll! Good luck...you are only limited by your own imagination!

With the baby you lost...so sorry. Since you only have 1 ultrasound and a DVD..maybe you could make a nice cover for the DVD with the ultrasound pic included...just to make it a little extra special. Good luck with your projects!!

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As for the baby album, you can really do it anyway your want. I never did month but month but I've seen others that have and they were great. What I've included in each album is the milestones. In one album, I did a two page spread with punched out squares that I wrote important dates on with milestones.

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Sharon - posted on 02/22/2010

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I took pictures of everything. I have pictures of when my son was a few minutes old to everything after that. Some in cute outfits, the first snowfall, first Christmas concert, and just about everything in between. The more pictures the better. There are stickers and embellishments of anything and everything out there. Have fun and let your imagination loose.

Maria Jose - posted on 02/22/2010

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I try to do it monthly, and within that month, I'll scrap any special date or holiday.
Sorry about your miscarriage, as hard as it is to record those events, I find it very healing. Perhaps you could do a cover for the DVD?
Happy scrapping!

Katrina - posted on 02/21/2010

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I would use the scrap book to keep it up monthly til one year. That's what I'm doing! Then if there is a special event or holiday that month, it has it's own page. As for the ultrasound and DVD, I have never had a miscarriage, so I don't know how that feels at all. If it's something you want to tell your kids about later, make a little scrap book. If not, put it in a keepsake box for your eyes only. Just a suggestion.

Gemma - posted on 02/21/2010

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I havent read all the replies, but in my son's scrapbook i've got/planning to put in, pictures he's drawn, picture proof's of profession photo's I couldnt afford to buy but liked, a diagram of kids teeth and numbered the order they came through, a poem 'when i'm ready' a little diary entry birth, 6 weeks, 12 weeks, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 16 months, 20 months, 24 months, 2 1/2 then 3. they are spread out throughout the book, a page on mummy and a page on daddy, a page of 'me and my daddy' various events and places we've been to. with my next one i'm going to put a pic of the positive pregnancy test and a few pictures of my growing bump in as well. theres loads of scrapbooking resources online.

Debbie - posted on 02/21/2010

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I started with random events. First bath, grandparent visits, ect. used the pictures I liked and put the rest in a picture box (I bought it to match her baby book). I pit my daughters US picture on the first page of her album with a poem (actually words to a Carly Simon song). And some sweet little embellishments that I found. It turned out really kool. You could make a mini album that tops a dvd holder so that it all stays together. They have some chipboard dvd holders to design yourself.
Sorry for you loss. That must have been really hard. Your little guy is adorable.

Christy - posted on 02/20/2010

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Hi! I used the Creative Memories Baby kit to get me started. I use some but not all of it. I am currently working on my little girls book (she'll be 3 in April) and I made a Word document outline of how I am going to layout my book. I am happy to share my outline with you to give you an idea of the pages and order I am using. If you would like for me to send it to you, e-mail me at christyreise@aol.com and I would be happy to share it.

I had 2 miscarriages prior to Sophie and I haven't figured out what I am going to do as far as preserving those memories. Reading other's posts definitely helped get my creative juices flowing in that regard. I am sorry for your loss. I believe we'll see our little angels in heaven!

Jennifer - posted on 02/20/2010

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Hi,
Just thought I'd let you know about some premade baby scrapbooks just in case you're interested... www.blessyou.etsy.com

Not sure if that will interest you or not, but it might be worth checking out.

Best Wishes!

Laura - posted on 02/17/2010

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You have probably started already, but for any other moms that are reading this my son is 5 mths & I am just starting to find the time to work on his. First off I too use CM & other acid free/lignen free products. I started with my pregnancy. Throughout my pregnancy I made sure to have lots of photos of me at different stages. I dedicated one page to this, with a little blog about how thrilled we were to discover our pregnancy. I then dedicated two pages to the ultrasound (depends on album page sizes) b/c I had 2 u.s. I dedicated another page to preparing for his arrival with pictures of us preparing his room (we went through a big reno before his birth). I also dedicated pages to the baby showers - he was our first & we were fortunate to have 2 showers. Then from there I started with hospital scenes. I had a c-section, so we had the nurses take a couple pics of us just before we were sent down to the surgical ward. Since then I included photos of his arrival, all our visitors both in the hospital & at home. I have put in some cards we received & any other little momentos that would fit in his album. On every other page or so I would write a little blog about that group of photos, etc. He was born at the start of September, so I have a page dedicated to Thanksgiving, Halloween, and now Christmas, also his first trip and other important events in his life. I am trying to choose which pictures I use so that my book isn't humongous, but its tough! (He's our first!) :)
I also have a baby book that is more dedicated to record keeping (his weights throughout his childhood, firsts, family tree, etc.).

Gillian - posted on 02/17/2010

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Hi,
I would put the ultrasound pic in. After all it is the first picture of your son. I did certain moments for each page. Or picked a theme. Getting ready was one (as another girl suggested). Once you get started it's quite fun. Start with a picture and moment that you really enjoyed and go from there.... Let me know how it goes.

Tessa - posted on 02/17/2010

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I started one album beginning with my pregnancy and baby shower. Then it went into the whole first year. Then I did another album with "babies 1st" as my theme. Example - First haircut, First Christmas, etc..... Just some ideas!

Sonya - posted on 02/16/2010

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You will probablly LOL about this .I am just now starting my daughters baby book she is 14 yrs. old. Now I do have to say that I wasn't in to scrapbooking at the time she was born but I have been collecting scrapbooking stuff for about 10 years but just started really doing it for the past 6 or 7 years. I started her book with my baby showers, then ultrasound pictures,getting the room ready and then the main event.I try to only do 1 lay out {2-12X12 pages} for each special thing. You don't want 5 big and fat books to just be the 1st. year. Good luck ! I am going to a scrapbooking retreat in 3 weeks to finish her book hopfully.

Erin - posted on 02/13/2010

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In regards to the album for your 3 month old, I would start with the pregnancy (this is what I did) and move from the beginning of the pregnancy including stories like what you craved, what you hated, how you told your husband, who you guys told first; General reactions to the news make good quotes for those pages, through his first year. I just used every picture and the result was this massive baby book that weighs a ton! In retrospect I would have done a 2-4 page layout per month with special events (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Easter, 4th of July) having their own 2-4 page layout. I would also give a few more pages to the actual birth of the baby and the first few days at home. This way you have a mix of special events and just regular photos.

As for the ultrasound and dvd I would make a shadow box with the ultrasound and DVD. You might use some fancy paper and put the baby's name in there (if you named him/her)

Stacie - posted on 02/12/2010

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The good thing about scrapbooking is you can do whatever you want. I'd suggest starting with one 2-pg layout per month for their 1st year. But feel free to add special pages for any special events or photos you have. I scrapbook random photos of my kids that were just taken for fun. I love pages like that because it really shows their quirky personalities while they are growing up. There aren't any rules about scrapbooking, just have fun with it!

After their 1st year, I'd back off to special events and maybe you have 1 scrapbook per year that covers the whole family, not just your child. Or for a memorable trip where you might have a ton of photos, do an album on that trip alone....like a trip to Disney World or something. As for your miscarriage photo, maybe that is included on a special page within a scrapbook for that year?

Amy - posted on 02/11/2010

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Rather than have a baby book, I did a scrap baby book. I purchased calendar pages for the first 5 yrs and jotted things down and then when I could scrapbook, I would scrap the pictures (opposite the calendar page) that went with those events. I know me and I knew I would never keep up with a baby book. This was sooo much easier for me.

Maria - posted on 02/11/2010

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Hi Heidi,
Congratulations on your new baby!!! I started both of my son's books about 2 yrs ago and they are now 9 and 7. I don't really have any type of order except for holidays and the first day of school for every year. I usually just make the pages first then I go back and put the pictures unless its a b-day and I had a theme for it. But there is no wrong way of doing a scrapbook. My friend and I usually try and get together at least every other month and scrapbook some pages. Good Luck and enjoy

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I didn't read through all of the posts, but quickly scanned and didn't see anyone address this.Sorry if I have duplicated. If you want your album to stay wonderful forever, you must find quality items. Acid free and lignen free papers and albums as well as stickers and whatever else goes in the album. I do genealogy and have many old, old pictures. Pictures will deteriorate over time if in contact with items with the acid and lignen, like those old photo albums with the sticky pages (YUCK!) If you look hard enough, you can find acid free/lignen free items anywhere. You can pay a bundle, or pay less, but always look for those two things. Then your album will stay nice and colorful, so when your children are showing the album to their children, it will look as if you made it the day before! I personally use Creative Memories albums but use alot of items from Micheaels or other scrapbooking shops that specialize in scrapbooking items. I stay away from the dollar store as many items do not show if they are free of acid/lignen. Have fun! I have three daughters and go to scrapbooking retreats every spring and fall in order to get any work done on them. Sleep, eat, and scrapbook for a whole weekend. It's great!!! ( PS. Save cotton from pill bottles. Wipe your photos with it to get rid of acidic finger prints before you cover them with protective plastic. The oils from finger prints if not removed can eventually harm photos.)

Audrey - posted on 02/10/2010

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Scrap the photos that you like the most first and mix in the seasonal/occassional ones as you go. Using a photo box helps to keep them in order. File photos in order of the date taken.

Let the color schemes of your photos determine which background paper to use and stickers you want to decorate with. Set a sensible goal to get three to four pages done at one setting, scrapping 3 to 7 photos per page.

Scrap when you are in the mood, are unrushed and feel guilt free of doing so. This requires timing it between the needs your children and husband. But, you time is important and you may have to vocalize that to the other adult in your life.

Christina - posted on 02/10/2010

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just an idea but the ultrasound pic of the pregnancy before you could make a page with the ultrasound and put something about angels on it or a nice saying and frame it.

Rebekah - posted on 02/09/2010

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I go to my church's ladies craft day 3 times in the fall and 3 times in the spring and scrapbook from 9am until 8pm. I started a scrapbook for Joshua when he was tiny with whatever pictures I took. He is now 3 and 1/2 and I am getting ready to start a new (2nd)scrapbook. I used about 95% of the pictures I took. What I have learned is that scrapbooking is as different for each scrapbooker as are people. There is no set pattern for scrapbooking. While I do get ideas from others, Joshua's scrapbook is sort of a reflection of me/my personality. In other words, you just do what you want and it turns out amazing. Best Wishes!

Tyese - posted on 02/06/2010

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Hello Heidi! I started my album for my daughter with the ultra sound pic and then showed how i grew and fixed the nursery, and then did just pics for her growth and did the milestones, I do one album for every year, that way I don't go overboard with pics! With the dvd and ultra sound pic, i would maybe put it in an album of it's own, I can also relate to that, it recently happened to me, so it is hard to decide what to do with that, you don't want to throw it in a box but how do you scrapbook that? good luck

Corinn - posted on 02/04/2010

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Target has a nice kit, a bunch of stickers, ribbons, texture sheets for layering and decals. I got my first book from target. I would suggest starting small. because it can be a little overwhelming especially if you take as many pictures as I do. LOL Now I have so many books because its addictive. I usually have them in excess so i send them to my mom and mother inlaw in New York.
I Startes with my belly photos, then the shower, the labor, birth pics, 1month 2 month and so forth. Take your time and have fun :O)

Jody - posted on 02/04/2010

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With my album (One of many) i have the scans,baby shower, then the birth photos, then month by month its the special momemts of the first year of their lives then all other albums are just general like birthdays christmas easter etc You'll find your way to the album you just need to think about what you want the album to reflect on the pages.

I have also lost a child and had many photos i have created a memory box that contains things like scan videos and first clothes bought etc its nice to get it out and look at those things when you find yourself remembering.

Pam - posted on 02/02/2010

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Congratulations on your 3 month old! What fun! I have 3 boys, 27, 24 & 19.
I scrap chronologically. I didn't scrap until my baby was in First grade but I would suggest weekly or monthly while he is changing so quickly and then less after that with emphasis on special events. He may even be interested enough to choose the photos he wants later(he also may not!). In addition, I would have the rest of the photos on CDs to refer back to, otherwise you will have a TON of scrapbooks!
As for your miscarried baby, I would find some small journal type book or even a special keepsake box to keep your 2 items in. Pottery Barn has quite a few options.
Good luck & enjoy your son & scrapbooking!

Michelle - posted on 01/30/2010

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Hey Heidi.

I have an album for each of my children (I have 2 girls and 2 boys). I plan on giving their albums to them when they're 16 or 21. So when I started I wanted to capture everything. For my girls I did (A is for Aunty and there's photos of them with their aunties; B is for Bathtime etc etc right through the alphabet) It captured all their younger years. Then a daycare spread, a page for each year at school, then later on each year at highschool.

The girls albums took forever (3 years or so when I had the chance) but now they'r e up to date it's a little easier. Only have to design a page or two at the end of the school year.

When my twin boys came along (they're 2 years old) , I wanted to take a different approach. I just design a page (newborn/birth, beach, boating, fishing, day at the zoo or park etc etc) when I feel like it or have an idea. I'm sure I'll still capture their school years but this way it's just when I have the chance to do a page here and there. It works well.

My sister is a photographer so I don't want to put all my photos into scrapbooking albums. I have 1000's of them! And it's too time consuming!!

Hope this helps you a little.

Michelle Ballinger

Michelle - posted on 01/30/2010

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Hi, I have a 5 year old daughter and I have found it easier to just do special events. The first Easter, Christmas etc. And maybe just some cute candid shots along the way. I have a scrapbook for each year for my daughter and it's not a month by month book but it does tend to fall in order of events like beginning of the year events to the end of the year events. have fun with it. There is definately no right or wrong way and whatever you do in the end, makes wonderful memories.

Rebecca - posted on 01/30/2010

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one idea that i do is make 2 pages next to one another and have all the 1st's there. I make a small cutout shadow of the event( ie. a car seat or smile) then write the event on it( ie. she smiled for the first time) and just have a collage of there 1st's because it gets hard to make a page for EVERY one! lol this way there all there but don't take up as many pages.

Claudin - posted on 01/30/2010

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I would start with the most recent pictures and work your way back. When scrapbooking it is easy to get in over your head. The answer to the second question if you feel comfortable why not put them in a small album. I would even do some journaling.

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My son is almost 5 months and i just started his 1st baby scrapbook... I started with these pages Halloween, Thanksgiving, X-mas.... thats the pictures i had. Now im going to do pages by month birth thru jan 2010.. now remember to go in order Im gonna even label my pages by months to decorate... hope i was helpfull let me know how it went.. good luck and have funn.................

Paula - posted on 01/29/2010

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When my 1st grandchild was born, I started with a picture of my daughter pregnant and the ultrasound pictures. Then in the hospital with the new baby, and of course, grandma. Then we just picked pictures randomly, It is hard to not want to scrap them all, but you just pick a sleeping one, a bath picture, all-dressed up and then the holidays and special occasions. Try putting 2-4 pictures on a page.

Catherine - posted on 01/29/2010

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I did a pregnancy scrapbook. Then for my son's first year I did month by month scrapbook and also included other special events etc.
The nice thing about scrapbooking is that you can include journalling to keep track of baby's milestones and your own feelings. You can include hidden journalling of notes you write to your baby.
For the baby you lost you could do a mini-album with the ultrasound pic and include journalling on your thoughts / feelings. Poems and song lyrics are nice too.

Melissa - posted on 01/29/2010

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I started my kids' albums with "the story of you". Questions and my responses to them from "the beginning". I have included my reaction to finding out I was pregnant w/ the page from my journal. online scrapping should be able to get you started there, also, check pre-made Baby albums at card stores, Wally world, or your favorite scrapping store. Every baby album is going to be different, as unique as that child, so go w/ what you have... and about the pregancy before this baby, consider a mini album just for that experience, or put what you have at the end of an album of whatever year the miscarriage occurred. Give whatever amount of room in the album just like the other "events" in that year. Including some writing w/ thoughts, etc will help your healing & "letting go" w/o forgetting. best of luck to you Heidi!

Ryane - posted on 01/28/2010

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Hi Heidi=D Congrats on the new baby!! I scan everything. From the footprints to drawings I love my scanner. Plus it makes a safe for pictures getting lost if you save them on an external harddrive. That way you can use them for other projects and relatives. Putting together a book is easy and there are no rules. You decide how you want to go through it. As far as me for every one of my 4 kids I biought the Anne Geddes First 5 years baby book. I Swear by them=D They are super fun to put stuff in and have alot of room for extra stuff and its a basic outline. You can get them at any book store or online. My 12 year old took his to his kindergarten class when they did a "get to know ___" week for each student.

Jennie - posted on 01/28/2010

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For your other baby you can make a memory page and put it on a frame or box. As far as months or milestones i dont do that i just pick all the ones that i like even though they are a lot but i can't help it. I don't follow any order to scrapbook them i just look at them and the ones that inspires me the most are the ones i work with because sometimes you can get stuck which can make you frustrated and make you want to quit. The most important thing is the journaling because they can read how you felt and connect more with you, for this i use little handmade envelopes or folders you can find the templates on internet. Good luck with your baby. Take care

Tasha - posted on 01/27/2010

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Hey Heidi. My son is almost 3 months himself and I'll be starting his scrapbook this weekend. I also have ultrasound pics I'm gonna put in and I'll probably put them in first and then his birth pic and then so on. If I was you, I'd put the other ultrasound pics in the front too, and do like a memorial page. (Just an idea) =)

Rakki - posted on 01/26/2010

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Hi I noticed alot of imput for you child's album but not as much so for your Angel.

I would use the cd of your ultrasounds to print out any more images you can, a friend of mine made a great album for twins she lost. It included a pregnancy calender her feelings, telling people that she was expecting, all the way through to the funeral notice in the paper. (she was nearly due) Its only an 8x8 album but it holds the cd in the front and she was lucky enough to get a lock of hair from one of the twins and it is also included in the album. There are sweet packages of papers through both Kaszazz and Creative Memories, that my friend used to do her special album. It is one of her most prized possesion's. She also did 2 paper albums of the twins for both sets of grandparents and feels that it helped her and her family ease some of the pain. My best wishes for you Rachel.

Charmain - posted on 01/19/2010

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Hey! First, I would decide how many books you want for his entire life span. Usually a 12x12 is really good b/c you can fit more pics on a page. I would try to only do special events on a page, and combining some holidays in one page. My 12x12 was full to 3 inches thick up to my 5th birthday, and there are still many years to do. You can put the ultrasound pic of your miscarriage either in a Big sibling/Angel page in your son's book or put it in your book of special events in your life. You can do a little one if you don't have many pics, or do a "family book" of you and hubby, and events that are centered around you as a couple.

Kristin - posted on 01/19/2010

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Hi Heidi - congrats on your little guy! This website has some ideas on how to organize your photos that you might find helpful. http://www.scrapbooksbydesign.net/scrapb... My biggest piece of advice is not to feel pressure to do it any certain way - just find what works for you and work one page at a time with the pictures you like.

As far as the ultrasound picture from your first - what about putting it into Austin's book on a page about the brother he almost was? Or you could create a page where you describe a little about how you felt at that time, but how it turned into such a blessing because you wouldn't have Austin if things had turned out differently. Just a few thoughts...good luck!

Lindsay - posted on 01/19/2010

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I would catch just about every moment you can! And then create a layout and write about that moment. We did........ pregnancy, birth, going home outfit, pic of our house, bath time, nap time, family, I did a special great grandparents page , any outings,etc, etc

Scrapbooking can be inexpensive. Use your imagination and have fun with it!

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Hi Heidi,

I'm just starting out like you however I already have over 100 photos printed out (joined Snapfish while they had 1c photo specials!!). I've only completed 4 pages so far but before I started I tried to brainstorm a few ideas. I will be making the pages as they come to me however I will then try to put them in the album in some sort of chronological order. It's a good idea to write the dates on the back of the photos in pencil if you can (especially if you end up with a lot of photos like I did). I have found it easiest to pick some of my favourite photos and use that to guide my page - ie I have one called "bright eyes" which was just after a bath and Ethan is staring at the camera. Like others have said though, there will be pages for the milestones - ie 1st feed, 1st smile, 1st 'big boy bath', rolling over (when he gets there).

I found it helpful to go online for inspiration too - this site is great: http://www.scrapbooksetc.com

if you go to this section you can download page layouts to give you ideas: http://www.scrapbooksetc.com/printables/...

One last thing I have just started to do is ask any special people (ie: grandparents, aunties/uncles etc) to write Ethan a letter - then I am taking a photo of them with him & scrapping the letter with the photo. Anyway, sorry for the rambling but hope that helps! Good luck with it all. Stace

Debbie - posted on 01/17/2010

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Heidi, I started scrapbooking when my son was about the same age as your baby. Now is the perfect time to start! Don't get behind is my best advice. I stopped for a while and then started back up when he was 3 and I had had another baby and I still havent caught up. I would recommend "Creative Memories" They have like a kit for a baby boy with ideas of how to lay the pages out and you just add pictures. For me not being real creative it helped me get started and then after you do a couple of pages your creativity comes out and you can design your own pages. I have a friend who lives 3 doors down and she holds crops once per month on a Friday night 7-11 pm and then we go to National Scrapbook day where we crop all 8 hours with no interruptions (except lunch :) Then we go once per year to the beach and we rent a villa or house that accomodates about10 women. We go over on Thursday and stay through Sunday. It is very laid back and we can do whatever we want but the idea is to get away with the girls, lay all your stuff out for 3 days and crop till you drop. Good Luck! Debbie

Lori - posted on 01/15/2010

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I am so sorry for your loss. I like the idea of decorating the ultrasound dvd case with the photo. You could make a memory box instead of an album. You could write a letter to your baby or keep a journal for when you think of your baby at different stages that Austin goes through....

Austin's album can be organanized however is easiest for you. I like the month by month idea, but did not use it with my 3 boys. I take way too many photos and just scrapbook in chronological order. Be sure to write down things now as they happen because you will always be behind in your scrapbook and it is easy to forget the little things!!! Have fun with your book!

AMY - posted on 01/15/2010

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Hello!
I am the owner of Scrapbooking's Inn in Hellertown. I would be happy to give you some insite! I also lost a baby before my daughter (now 3) was born. My intentions for the baby that I had lost is to make a memory album out of cardstock. It will probably be a 8x8 album. I only have one picture as well. But I found some awesome quotes and I even wrote a poem to the baby that I am going to include in the 8x8 album. You can easily make it out of heavy cardstock. I would be happy to give you directions if needed.

As far as regular baby albums, here are some choices.
A-Z Album (Scrapbook the first or second year using the letters of the alphabet)
Example: A for Adore, B for Brother, C for Christmas and so on.
1st Day of Each Month Album (take a picture of the baby on the first day of each month this way you can see the growth ad changes in the baby. Some put the baby next to a big stuffed animal which is holding the number of what month it is.)
Special Events Album (Birthdays, Holidays and Celebrations)
Baby's Firsts Album (First bite of solid food, first haircut, first step, first word...)
I hope this helps you. You can always get me by email @ scrapbookingsinn@yahoo.com Good luck! I would be happy to help you with whatever you need.
Amy

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I have 2 children and I go to school full time currently. I knew I would never get around to scrapbooking but it's one of my passions, so I pre-made their scrapbooks. I looked at baby books in stores and got an idea of the pages I wanted to put in (about mommy, about daddy, birth story, 1st Christmas, any other 1st holidays we celebrate, 1st - 5th birthday, 1st bath etc.). I also included about 12 pages for just random photos and some other pages to include any other things I might want to save...newspaper announcement, weight and height record, etc. Now, I just crop my pics to fit and stick 'em in! I keep all my photos in albums (and backed up on discs) and only scrapbook the highlights but that way I don't get too overwhelmed. If you want to, email me at autumngrant@ymail.com and I could send you a couple pics of my pages. :) good luck!!

Stephanie - posted on 01/14/2010

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I would start with an intro page. Name, Date, Time, Weight, etc. Then pregnancy pics. I did a 2 page spread for each month (milestones-first smile, etc), then a few special pages for each month. This way everything will fit in one baby album.

I agree with Mandy Dale to decorate the DVD cover for your first baby. I hope this helps!

Stacey - posted on 01/14/2010

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Congrats on your baby! There is nothing like being a mom! I am an die hard scrapbooker and I have 3 kids and have had a different approach to all of their albums. The oldest gets the shaft, as I was not scrapbooking then and started when he was 4-5 years old! So I had to go back and piece it together as best I could! Going on a monthly basis. The second child I think I tried to scrapbook everything...every moment! I am still not even done hers yet and she is going to be 4! The third one is just about 16 months and I am just about done her first year. I took my favorite moments from each month and scrapbooked them. I think that is easiest!
Good luck with your baby's scrapbook!

Stacey

Sara - posted on 01/14/2010

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A friend does her baby albums by the month. She had professional pictures taken every month, so she does two double page layouts each month. One page is an 8x10, and one page is a calendar grid with notes, who visited, first time baby does (blank) etc. Then on the next two pages she uses the snapshots from the month.



I did mine just chronologically and let the photos guide me. Sometimes I have a layout devoted to one special photo/story, sometimes I have several different things on one page. I depends on the quality of photos, and the stories that go with them.



the great thing about scrapping is that there is no wrong way to do it. :-)

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In my son's first scrapbook, I did 3 pages of my pregnancy and then started with the day he was born, one day old, and followed with first holidays such as Valentine's Day, Easter, Mother's day, 4th of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and his first birthday. I am now going back and doing other things to add like bath pages, "people who love me" page, first blizzard..... there is so much you can do you just have to choose which route to go and you can always add more later.

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I was one of those moms that saved everything. so when I did my daughters baby album I put the hospital bracelet she wore , a copy of her birth certificate, and her first cards in it. Then I put all the info you would find in a baby book, weight,first tooth and so on. I embelished the pages with pretty paper and stickers. My daughter,now 26,loves it

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