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Carter’s Scrapbook

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!

dsc_0428I 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.

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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.

dsc_0432The title page with a precious picture from his newborn photo shoot at our house.  dsc_0433

Here we go!  Early morning to get the party started.  I later went back and got a picture of the hospital.

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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.

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Our first picture as a family of 3.  I ordered this picture as a 5×7″ to highlight the special moment.

dsc_0436My 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! dsc_0437

This page was a good one to highlight his birth weight/height.

dsc_0439Adam 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.  dsc_0440

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.

dsc_0441A simple layout to highlight our first night in the hospital.  The picture on the top is baby daddy, Carter and baby mommy. dsc_0442

I probably have 900 sleeping baby pictures – couldn’t help myself!

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I kept the layouts from our newborn photo session nice and simple to keep the focus on the photos.

dsc_0444Our first trip with baby!  We headed to my hometown for the weekend.  dsc_0445

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.

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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.

dsc_0447I had the perfect stickers to record Carter’s first bath with.dsc_0448

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.

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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.

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I adore these little hand and feet prints – they also look too cute added to his one-month layout.

dsc_0452Little guy wasn’t too fond of tummy time!  dsc_0453It’s like this robe embellishment was made for this picture!dsc_0454Simple 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!

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