Hello everyone! I am so happy to be here hosting the blog again this week. My baby boy just turned one, so this week will be dedicated to Baby's First Year! I actually feel quite unqualified to be posting about scrapping babies, since I've only been doing it for a year, unlike many of you I'm sure! This week I'll show you how I approached scrapping for Kieran in his first year of life, from the perspective of a former non-kid scrapper, not to mention very harried and sleep deprived new Mummy.
There is no question that Kieran was a very photographed baby from day one, possibly the most photographed on the maternity ward that week. Once home I couldn't wait to get started on his pages, little did I know that it would be almost a month before that happened! I didn't have a real plan for his album, as I mentioned last year I didn't do a typical baby book. I also didn't run out and buy a bunch of baby themed papers (although I have my eye on this and this), I knew that I would make what I already had in my stash work for me.
But let's take a step back for a moment. I was doing layouts about this baby before he was even born! Way before.
Of course I had to do a page using the ultrasound photos
Make that two pages.......
...(I wanted to record the story of how we came up with his name).
I'm happy to say I'm not the only one. Melissa agrees with me, ultrasound images are photos too!
And once baby arrives we need to let the world know! This is Kieran's birth announcement in French (I'm ashamed to admit I never got around to doing the English version . Thank goodness for Facebook and blogs so that all my friends and family could get the news!)
Candice designed this sweet announcement for a friend
Finally we get a chance to do those first precious pages
Yes, as a die hard paper scrapper (although that is now changing) my first page about Kieran was digital! It was simply the quickest way to scratch the scrapbooking itch at the time. In retrospect I could have used this as the English announcements. But remember: I was harried and sleep deprived and it simply didn't occur to me!
Melissa wanted to record that very first day
Rebecca captured Miss Addie beautifully in her very first layout
Jody shows us an important first event!
But you don't have to do the first layouts immediately. Once the cloud clears, go back through your photos and make that page or pages of the early days!
I scrapped these photos of Kieran at two weeks old when he was around three months old. Going back though my photos in preparation for this week I can see that I have enough fodder to make an entire album of welcome layouts. And I might do just that. One advantage to going back to scrap older photos, especially of special moments, is that you have an added perspective as time passes. You might even remember details you didn't the first time around.
Tomorrow we'll take a look at how I captured some of the important milestones in this first year, as well as ways to quickly get an album done showcasing those first precious twelve months.