Ideas for Baby Keepsake Books
Keepsake books for your baby are so rewarding to do. If you need a little extra motivation to keep doing a book for your baby, the greatest thing you can do is find at least one friend to scrapbook with. You’ll be surprised how quickly other Moms (and we have a Dad in our group) will join. Jamming heads with other parents can be a great way to come up with ideas for pages or entire books to celebrate your baby, your family, and great memories.
Pregnancy Baby Keepsake Books
There’s no reason to wait until your amazing little bundle of joy arrives to start documenting all the changes that are happening. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I started with a print out of her sonogram and all the changes I was experiencing in my body, how even more loving her father was, surprises, and more. Memories I never wanted to dim with time are all captured on the pages of a baby scrapbook devoted to my daughter before she even arrived. The last page of the scrapbook is her birth.
A Baby Book of Firsts
One Mom in our scrapbooking group told me that she has trouble keeping up with frequent scrapbooking. Rather than get frustrated, she decided to make a “Book of Firsts.” She has recordings of her baby’s first words, photos of first smiles, video of her baby’s first steps on a DVD in her scrapbook. I thought it was a great idea. She takes photos as they happen or videos the milestone event. Then every week in our scrapbooking group she works a little on a single monthly milestones page for her book. At the end of each month, she has a really fun page filled with firsts for her baby.
Year by Year Baby Keepsake Books
My personal scrapbooking style is to do at least one page a week inmy baby’s book. I love to journal, so scrapbooking was the next step for me. I realized by the time my daughter was 6 months old, I had quite a thick scrapbook. I decided to do one scrapbook a year. I am now into her second year, and it’s working out beautifully.
Monthly Family Scrapbook
A Mom in our group has a beautifully blended family. She had kids, he had kids, and then they had a baby. She said she never had time to do a baby book of any kind of her other two kids, and she was afraid of hurting feelings by doing a book for her new baby. She was afraid her two older kids might feel she thought the baby was more special to her than they were. In order to include everyone she does a monthly family scrapbook that includes accomplishment for all the kids, Mom and Dad. She also journals in milestones for their youngest amid the other family fun, so it’s all part of the family. She said it’s really helped their family become a supportive unit, and the kids are constantly giving her things they want to add in the current month’s pages of their family album.
Those are just a few ideas from my weekly scrapbooking group. I hope it gave you some good baby keepsake book ideas. You don’t have to spend a lot of money or time to scrapbook your memories. I use a little pocket-sized notebook to make journal notes on for scrapbook pages of little things I don’t want to forget. Then, once a week when my daughter is napping, I take out my notes, plug my camera into my computer and print off photos I want to use and get one page ready for her scrapbook. Then when my scrapbooking group gets together, I put the page together and add it to my daughter’s book. It’s so easy, and fun to make keepsake books, just the find the way you want to do it, and go for it.