Beautiful! LOVE it!
What a lovely album! This is sure to become a treasured keepsake for your daughter. And thanks for the tip about wrapping photos with page protectors. Very clever! TFS
Project - Belly Laughs
posted 04/06/12 at 04:14 PM
After I had my daughter I knew I wanted to make her baby book, but I didn't want it to be typical. I decided to do mini albums for each milestone and month. I wanted each page to have a journal spot so I decided to hide tags behind every photo.
This was my first time doing everything. I bought a cricut right before we found out we were pregnant and I hadn't used it much. I also bought a sewing machine and oh boy was that fun figuring out… All in all this mini album took me a month to complete. In my defense, I do have a baby who takes up most of my time!
This is the first mini and documents my pregnancy. The title is belly laughs. I did a ton of research before starting this project and really got some good tips so here are mine. You probably already know these things but just in case:
The only thing I thought could be bad when choosing to do a mini album vs. a standard top loading scrapbook, was protecting the pictures. If you are anything like me, my pictures get ruined by the time I attach them to my page. I end up glueing something to them or spilling something….. So being a former accountant and resourceful mom, (or as my husband says a “creative hoarder”) I decided to use page protectors to keep my pictures safe. I have a million of these laying around from my “office” days. It worked great. I cut them about an inch bigger then the photo and just wrapped around and taped the back.
Next, I love the look of pearls but hate those sticker sheets. I used liquid pearls and a crafters workshop template to do all of my pearls on the first 2 pages. Much easier and much cheaper. don't get discouraged if you mess up a few times. I had to redo it a lot.
I used my cricut to cut the chipboard different sizes and a basic chipboard album for the square pages. I used a deep cut blade in the normal housing and .22 chipboard. some blogs say to use .28 chipboard with cricut as .22 is too thin but I disagree. Since I didn't want the pages to be kraft color I knew I would be recovering the pages with white cardstock and patterned paper. By the time you do this on both sides the .22 chipboard is very thick.
Thank you for looking and please give me any feedback or advice. I need all the help I can get!
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