Practical Scrapper Kim here with a few ideas on how I practially scrapbook my kiddos!
As a parent, I'm sure that most of you take a TON of pictures! (And if you aren't a parent you might be some day and you will get it OR you are a grandparent or an aunt and you get it!) If you aren't careful, you could have 10 scrapbooks of just one year for each kid!
So here are a few tips on how I scrapbook the first year of my kids' lives.
In my house you get your own album(s) for your first year of life. After that it's all about the family albums! I vowed when I started scrapbooking that I would never duplicate layouts and make a book for each kid, for each year...I just don't have time for that. They can fight over the albums when I'm gone or they can make copies or I can write it in my will that Brooke gets the odd years and Noah gets the even. I don't know!?! (My kids also get a scrapbook where all of their birthdays and some of their school stuff will be kept as they grow through the years too.)
To start off, I take pictures of my kiddos each month to show how they are growing. For Brooke I took her monthly pictures with a Stendig Calendar. I found the idea online and I REALLY liked it!
Then I take those pictures and create one layout! This layout that I created of Brooke at 9 months old was digitally made using Stampin' Up!'s digital program, My Digital Studio (free 30 day trials are always available).
Then right after the layout of their monthly pictures, I create a layout using my favorite pictures from when they were that age. This is a layout of my favorite pictures from when Brooke was 9 months old!
I love doing this because it saves me from creating a layout for each one of my favorite pictures. They are just all there with a short few sentences of journaling.
Then if I have a particular event like eating table food for the first time or their first tooth, I will make a special layout for that...but I don't have to make a ton of layouts for her 9 month section of her book because I know her growth and my favorite pictures are already documented!
Here is my little man at 9 months. He had so much more hair that Brooke!
Noah was documented monthly with a stuffed elephant to show how he has grown in comparison to it.
And here are my favorites of Noah when he was 9 months old.
I hope you enjoyed my layouts and that I inspired you to think more practically when you scrapbook the children in your life!