Hello there. It's Erin (and Emma, since I still haven't had a new picture taken for my WCS posts), and today I'm sharing a mini-album about my son Ryan. I love mini-albums. In fact, I wish I did more of them. I've got a nice long list of ideas, but can't seem to get them all done. To be honest, not a whole lot of scrapping is getting done now that baby #3 is here. Something about adding a third child has seriously subtracted from my crafting time. Which makes me especially glad that I actually completed this album.
The idea for this mini actually came from something my husband did. We were at out daughter Emma's soccer game last fall when Michael placed his football (doesn't everyone take a football to a soccer game?) in Ryan's car seat next to him. It was such a contrast, this football that seemed so huge next to my teeny tiny six-day-old baby. I did the only logical thing I could do. I took a picture.
Not long after, we were at Target and I snapped a picture of Ryan with my receipt. I began placing objects that signified where we were or what we were doing next to him in his car seat. While you'd assume I was doing this solely for memory keeping purposes, really, it just made me laugh. There's something funny about a two-week-old holding a tiny blue weight. While sleeping.
And sleep he did. In almost every picture he's sleeping. Granted, that's what most babies do at this stage. Something about the car seats just knock them out.
(For this picture, he's not actually holding anything. We were at my husband's football game and since I'd already taken a picture of him with a football, I just put his car seat on the track. Now that I'm thinking about it, I should have placed my husband's whistle or clipboard with him.)
When it came to creating the album, I kept it pretty simple. I used a 4x6 acrylic album I'd been saving for the perfect mini (and not at all because I liked it so much I just couldn't bear to use it and instead it sat in a basket gathering dust for a couple years.) I printed each picture 2x3 and typed out a few lines about where we were and the date. I added some neutral patterned papers, a few pops of color, some circle accents and called it done.
I've now got a cute little album documenting some of the firsts places Ryan went, with the added bonus of pictures that make me laugh. Here are the rest of pages.
What mini-albums have you created lately?