TGIF! I’m so glad it’s finally the weekend. It’s been a busy/stressful week. On top of the normal day to day things, we are in the process of interviewing for a new nanny and my stomach bug came back! I’ve been sick for a week today – needless to say, I’m ready to feel normal again. On the positive side, between the bug this week and the one right after Christmas, I’ve lost a combined 10 pounds. There’s got to be more pleasant ways to lose weight though! I felt so lousy this week I didn’t even get any scrapbooking done. I’m trying to get back into the swing of things this evening and wanted to share some highlights from Volume I of Carter’s scrapbook.
My scrapbooking approach has adapted over the years as new products have rolled out and my free time has dwindled. I enjoy mixing traditional scrapbook elements and Cricut designs with the more modern Project Life products. I use a variety of picture sizes and collage features. My favorite picture editing/collage software is Picasa. I’m not sure that it’s still available for download – Google put out a notice that it would no longer be supported but I still get notices when updates are available.
The pages are from the morning we went to the hospital on his birth day to about 2 months. I’m currently working on his 7 month pages. My goal is to be caught up by his 1st birthday – I have my work cut out for me!
I use these same We R Memory Keepers 12×12 faux leather albums for all my scrapbooks. Each category has a different color – Carter’s are navy blue.
This book ended up a lot thicker than I would like but it’s got cards and some of his newborn items from the hospital in it so I’m ok with it because it keeps everything together.
The title page with a precious picture from his newborn photo shoot at our house.
Here we go! Early morning to get the party started. I later went back and got a picture of the hospital.
The first pictures of Carter – I couldn’t narrow it down and I didn’t want to have multiple pages so I created an 8×10″ collage in Picasa and was able to fit 9 pictures.
Our first picture as a family of 3. I ordered this picture as a 5×7″ to highlight the special moment.
My first time holding Carter – again, I couldn’t pic just one picture (a common problem of mine!) so I collaged 6 as an 8×10″. My heart was so full of love I can still remember feeling like it was going to burst!
This page was a good one to highlight his birth weight/height.
Adam had the honors of changing the first diaper. These pictures are each 3×4″. To order at this size, I simply collage 2 pictures into a 4×6″ and then cut apart (or leave together like I did in this case). You actually get 2 pictures for the price of 1.
We received so many well wishes when we announced Carter’s birth I wanted to capture those special messages in his baby book. I took screenshots of the messages and popped them into these 3×4″ pockets.
A simple layout to highlight our first night in the hospital. The picture on the top is baby daddy, Carter and baby mommy.
I probably have 900 sleeping baby pictures – couldn’t help myself!
I kept the layouts from our newborn photo session nice and simple to keep the focus on the photos.
Our first trip with baby! We headed to my hometown for the weekend.
In Carter’s nursery, I have a magnetic map to highlight his travels. The blue pin is where we live and then the red pin marks our trips. I took a picture of the map to include in his scrapbook. As we travel to each new state, I’m including a cutout of the state to highlight that state visit.
We celebrated two birthdays while we visited and I wanted to include that without taking up a lot of space so I made a 4×6″ collage. I added some text to the picture to highlight having 4 generations together.
I had the perfect stickers to record Carter’s first bath with.
I love the variety of page styles that the Project Life products offer. I had a picture of Adam reading Carter his first book and love how this layout turned out.
Each month, I have the monthly sticker and a journaling card to add to the layout. I also have the same chair picture, chalkboard sign and crib picture.
I adore these little hand and feet prints – they also look too cute added to his one-month layout.
Little guy wasn’t too fond of tummy time! It’s like this robe embellishment was made for this picture!Simple but cute layout highlighting Carter’s first bottles from mom and dad. I had some scrapbook paper that had baby bottles so I cut a strip off for the top and bottom borders and then cut 2 bottles with the Cricut for journaling. I thought that using the bottle paper for the background would make the layout too busy.
Thanks for stopping by – hope you all have a wonderful weekend!