Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Creating a Scrapbooked “Hospital Album”

While I have most definitely been busy, busy, busy getting ready for the arrival of our little man, I have also taken some time to be creative.  While still baby-centered, it did allow me some much needed time off my feet and an outlet for scrapbooking.

It seems like anymore, everything I do is digital including creating digital scrapbook pages that never seem to get printed or ordered from the different websites that I create from. 

So…I visited the ole Archiver’s store, along with Michaels, and decided to go back to creating scrapbooks the “old-fashioned” way…with paper, die cutes, stickers, etc.

Since after baby’s birth is always as busy as before baby’s arrival, I took some advice from a scrapbooking magazine and created a “hospital album” for our newest babe.

This was the first time that I used chipboard, and it wasn’t quite as easy as I thought it would be.  I think with a little more practice and some important tools like an exacto knife, I will get better.  Regardless, I think the album turned out cute and is  just about ready to go.  I just need to add some colorful ribbon to the rings and a few more embellishments once I drop in the photos.

Enjoy!

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The empty space next to the “sweet Baby Boy” embellishment is for his name in chipboard letters.

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As you can see, each page has it’s own tab for a label. I titled the above page “Sneak Peek” for his sweet little 3D ultrasound pictures.

The picture below is titled, “Birth Story”.

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The tab above says, “1st Day Home”.  I’ve also included several pages for “Hospital Visitors”, “Tiny Footprints”, “Tiny Handprints” “Night Before Delivery”, etc.  (Ran out of the front cover paper to finish the back cover!  One more trip to Archivers!  FUN!!!)

I think this will be such a handy way to document baby’s arrival and get certain photos that I have missed with the last two little ones’ arrival and later regret.

If time allows, I might also begin working on a “First Year” album where you create pages to document all of baby’s “firsts” such as rolling over, sitting up, crawling, etc. 

Poor Mary and Ben…all they have are unfinished Hallmark baby albums and paper napkins and debit card receipts with remarks written down such as “crawling 3/12/05 or First Word…”dada” with no date at all! 

What do you do to document those first few days and weeks at home or those important “firsts” in your baby’s life?


5 comments:

  1. Went to Michael's and Archiver's without me huh? Thant's ok, I know you are on a deadline.
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  2. I love i9t. so creative. I documented the first few days of having my daughter home, by taking tons of pics, and keeping a mother journal.

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  3. What a great idea. I love this. I will definitely need to do this with number 2.

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  4. I love your hospital book! It looks like the perfect size to pack into Baby Boy's diaper bag. I did scrapbooks for my girls' first year instead of baby books, so I took them to the hospital so everyone who assisted with the birth could sign it. The nurses and techs seemed to appreciate being included in our memories of the day, and several stopped by my hospital room to look through the scrapbook. I think it made them feel closer to our family, seeing photos of us outside the hospital setting. One day your little boy will bring you his little hospital book so you can tell him again about the day he was born.

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