Easy Baby Albums

Remember special moments with these fast-and-easy baby albums.

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    Pick an Album Theme

    Keeping up with a newborn is enough of a job -- what about scrapbooking Baby's experiences? We've got the solution with three easy-to-make albums sure to make quick but pretty work of saving precious memories. See all three or link to one theme here:

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    Create a Make-Ahead Album

    Design by Patricia Anderson

    Patricia channeled her expecting-mom excitement into creative energy and started making a baby book before her son was born. For the cover she cut paper to size and punched holes for the wire binding. She cut slits leading to the holes to slide the paper over the wire.

     

    SOURCES: Album: K&Company. Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (yellow, dots), Rusty Pickle (striped, green). Stickers, hardware: Rusty Pickle. Buttons, twill: Autumn Leaves. Chipboard letters: Making Memories. Acrylic paint: DecoArt. Album closure: 7Gypsies.

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    Design a Template

    Design by Patricia Anderson

    Create a multi-use template that can be used throughout the book -- in this case, journaling is on the left and photos on the right. Add embellishments, leaving corner edges loose so they can overlap photos or journaling.

     

    SOURCES: Album: K&Company. Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (yellow, dots), Rusty Pickle (striped, green). Tags: Rusty Pickle (kraft), Autumn Leaves (yellow). Stickers, hardware: Rusty Pickle. Buttons: Autumn Leaves.

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    Make More Pages

    Design by Patricia Anderson

    Continue to design pages using the same papers and embellishments. Flop the pages as needed and add titles to remember specific moments.

     

    SOURCES: Album: K&Company. Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (yellow, dots), Rusty Pickle (striped, green). Fonts: Cadence by Autumn Leaves ("Delivery"). Tags: Rusty Pickle (kraft), Autumn Leaves (yellow). Stickers, hardware: Rusty Pickle. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Brad, chipboard letters: Making Memories. Acrylic paint: DecoArt.

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    Add Finishing Touches

    Design by Patricia Anderson

    With the majority of the work finished before the baby is born, all you have to do after the baby's arrival is size your photos, write your journaling, and plug both into the allotted spaces. To be extra quick leave space in the design to accommodate standard 4x6" images so you won't have to crop.

     

    SOURCES: Album: K&Company. Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (yellow, dots), Rusty Pickle (striped, green). Fonts: Cadence by Autumn Leaves ("Delivery"), Times New Roman (journaling). Tags: Rusty Pickle (kraft), Autumn Leaves (yellow). Stickers, hardware: Rusty Pickle. Buttons, twill: Autumn Leaves.

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    Design a Visitor Album

    Design by Candi Gershon

    Record the rush of well-wishers arriving to greet the newborn. Candi whipped up a quick visitor album to show her new nephew how many people were eager to meet him. This 6x6" album is the perfect size for pages featuring 4x6" photos.

     

    SOURCES: Album: We R Memory Keepers. Patterned paper, die cuts: Chatterbox. Button: Autumn Leaves. Ribbon: Making Memories.

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    Let Visitors Journal

    Design by Candi Gershon

    Before the baby is born, cut cardstock journaling blocks and take them to the hospital (or send them with the parents-to-be). After the baby arrives, take a photo of each visitor with the baby, and ask him or her to write a message to be included in the book. Help guests write straight by lightly drawing lines in pencil.

     

    SOURCES: Album: We R Memory Keepers. Patterned paper, die cuts: Chatterbox. Stickers: SEI. Metal accent: EK Success.

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    Streamline Your Layouts

    Design by Candi Gershon

    Pair the photos and messages and mount them on simple backgrounds. Keep it easy by picking simple embellishments. With a small album like this one, you don't have to add much! Look for family-themed accents, such as the rub-on here, that become ready-made titles.

     

    SOURCES: Album: We R Memory Keepers. Patterned paper, die cuts, wood frame: Chatterbox. Rub-on: My Mind's Eye ("grandpa & me"). Button: Junkitz. Ribbon: Making Memories.

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    Prep a Page for Everyone

    Design by Candi Gershon

    Candi was ready for all the relatives -- here she used chipboard letters to dedicate a page to a new uncle. A fun handprint accent and a few buttons are the only embellishments.

     

    SOURCES: Album: We R Memory Keepers. Patterned paper: Chatterbox. Ribbon, metal accent: Making Memories. Chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp.

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    Leave Plenty of Journaling Space

    Design by Candi Gershon

    For easy layouts, make some journaling blocks large enough to fill a page. Attach them with removable adhesive in case of mistakes.

     

    SOURCES: Album: We R Memory Keepers. Patterned paper, die cut: Chatterbox. Ribbon, safety pin: Making Memories.

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    Design a Daily Life Album

    Design by Erin Roe

    Knowing that her son won't remember his daily routines when he grows up, Erin captured the memories for him with a day-in-the-life album. For the cover she included a baby dingbat and stickers on Popsicle sticks as a decorative border.

     

    SOURCES: Albums: Making Memories. Patterned paper: KI Memories. Font: Oh Baby! (dingbats) by David Walker. Sticker, wood accents: BasicGrey.

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    Use a Standard Template

    Design by Erin Roe

    Create a standard template you can use with each page. Erin divided her page into quadrants that gave her the versatility to put photos, journaling, and patterned papers in different blocks on each page without having to come up with new dimensions each time.

     

    SOURCES: Woven letters: Making Memories. Patterned paper: KI Memories (stripe), BasicGrey (blue). Fonts: Georgia (serif), Oh Baby! (dingbats) by David Walker.

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    Cut Elements Uniformally

    Design by Lisa Storms

    Cut coordinating patterned papers, your photos, and your journaling into squares. For Erin's pages, each of her elements needed to be a 4" square to fit in every quadrant.

     

    SOURCES: Patterned paper: KI Memories (stripe), BasicGrey (blue). Fonts: Georgia (serif), Charisma (script) by Autumn Leaves, Oh Baby! (dingbats) by David Walker.

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    Move Elements for Interest

    Design by Erin Roe

    Vary the placement of your elements to keep the design interesting. Keep it unified by choosing just a single accent style to be used throughout the book. Erin's printed dingbat font provided an on-the-cheap accent that was easy to repeat.

     

    SOURCES: Patterned paper: KI Memories (stripe), BasicGrey (blue). Fonts: Georgia (serif), Charisma (script) by Autumn Leaves, Oh Baby! (dingbats) by David Walker.

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