From the baby's birth to those first exciting days at home, every memorable moment makes prime scrapbooking material.
Design by Erin Roe
Paper-piece a cute layout featuring black-and-white pictures and stand-out accents. Feather a stork paper piecing by cutting the body from white cardstock, adhering felt to the cardstock, and trimming the excess felt with a craft knife when the adhesive is dry. Add a dab of glitter glue for the eye.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (blue dot), BasicGrey (green, multicolor dot), Chatterbox (light blue dot), Little Yellow Bicycle (orange stripe, black stripe), Scenic Route Paper Co. (orange check, green circles). Font: Joplin off the Internet. Stickers: American Crafts (black), BasicGrey (orange). Rub-ons: Creative Imaginations. Pen: Sakura of America. Punches: Fiskars. Glitter glue: Ranger Industries. Felt: The Kunin Group.
Design by Angelia Wigginton
A striking black-and-white photo of her husband's hands cradling their baby's tiny feet spurred Angelia to create a layout to house her thoughts about their new arrival. The macro setting on Angelia's camera made it easy to take this close-up.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Sweetwater. Vellum: The Paper Company. Stickers: KI Memories. Rub-ons: K&Company ("happiness"), Autumn Leaves (brackets). Tab: Creative Imaginations. Epoxy letters: K&Company (title), Creative Imaginations (small). Button, lace: Making Memories. Brad: Karen Foster Design. Flower: Michaels.
Design by Jen Lessinger
Split a layout into four squares -- two for photos, one for a title, and one for journaling. This way, you'll have plenty of room to tell the story of your baby's (or babies') birth. By keeping the page design simple, the photos and story stand out as the centerpiece of the layout.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (white), Creative Memories (brown). Patterned paper: Little Yellow Bicycle. Font: Century Gothic. Stickers: Creative Memories ("x," "2"), Heidi Swapp (gem circles), Little Yellow Bicycle ("Lucky"), Making Memories ("Holden," "Maddox").
Design by Renee Villalobos-Campa
A large close-up of her daughter just moments after birth has a huge impact on Renee's page celebrating her daughter's first breaths. Renee took a cue from her photo's colors and made her daughter's pink skin tone the dominant color on the page, which brings the focus to the newborn.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Provo Craft (yellow), Prism Papers (teal). Patterned paper: Provo Craft. Fonts: Harting (journaling), Mechanical Fun (title) off the Internet. Shape template: Provo Craft. Chipboard accent: BasicGrey. Brads: Junkitz. Pen: Staedtler.
Design by Erin Clarkson
To preserve precious ultrasound photos, photocopy them before placing them on your page or scan and print them on archival paper. Because ultrasound photos are black-and-white, you can choose any color scheme for your layout. Consider traditional blues or pinks if you know the baby's gender or go with a neutral palette if you don't.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: American Crafts (yellow), Chatterbox (orange, stripe), Making Memories ("he"). Font: Impact. Stickers: Chatterbox (flower, photo corners), Pink Paislee ("a she?"), Little Yellow Bicycle ("adorable baby"). Rub-on: Little Yellow Bicycle. Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp. Gems: Kaisercraft. Floss: DMC Corp. Punches: Family Treasures (1/2" circle), Martha Stewart Crafts (butterfly), Marvy Uchida (2" circle).
Design by Jackie Pettit
Jackie made sure she had lots of space to tell her serious story but softened the mood with a large powder blue heart in the background. Lives aren't always picture-perfect; even scary, uncertain, and hard times deserve a place in our memories and albums.
SOURCES: Cardstock: KI Memories (blue), Bazzill Basics Paper (white). Patterned paper, acrylic letters: KI Memories. Font: Century Gothic. Safety pin: EK Success.
Design by Lynn Ghahary
When taking photos to showcase Baby's tiny parts, include an everyday object to give a true perspective on size. On this layout, Lynn chose wedding rings to symbolize the love the two parents have for their baby girl. Add a white border to help your photo stand out and place it against a solid photo mat to enhance it further.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, stickers, die cuts: BasicGrey. Font: Sunnydale off the Internet. Pen: American Crafts (black), Sakura of America (white). Punch: Stampin' Up!. Glitter glue: Ranger Industries. Adhesive: Zva Creative.
Design by Kelly Noel
Kelly chose a photo that shows her securing her new baby in the car seat to match her reflections on her new role as protector and parent. To make the page more meaningful, Kelly composed the journaling as though she was writing to her child.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, stickers: KI Memories. Chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp. Pen: Sharpie.
Design by Amy Licht
Create a pocket page to store baby items you can't bear to part with. Whenever possible, include photos of Baby with the mementos, as Amy did here with the shots of her son in his knit cap. You can easily create your own pockets by folding and applying glue to the sides of heavyweight cardstock, or use a purchased pocket to speed up the process.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, pocket, chipboard accents: KI Memories. Font: PineLintGerm off the Internet. Stickers: American Crafts (brackets), Doodlebug Design ("treasures"). Ribbon: Little Yellow Bicycle. Binder clips: Fancy Pants Designs.
Design by Heather Crawford
Working with colorful photos, Heather opted for a neutral palette and subdued patterns for this page about her baby boy and his very special birth mother. Arranging photos in an L-shape makes it easier to fit in lots of shots without difficulty.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Scrapworks (blue), KI Memories (stripe), Anna Griffin (flora). Stickers: Scrapworks. Rub-ons: Chatterbox. Metal letters: American Crafts. Flower: Michaels.
Design by Robyn Werlich
Be prepared to capture the wonder and excitement of siblings meeting a new family member for the first time. Zoom in to focus on your subjects, and you'll minimize the need for cropping out distracting items later. Turn on as many lights as possible if you are in a dim lighting situation (such as a hospital room).
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (white), Stampin' Up! (blue, green). Patterned paper: Jillibean Soup (blue dots), Pebbles, Inc. (yellow hearts), Stampin' Up! (green dots, blue grid). Font: Uncle Charles by Autumn Leaves. Rub-ons: Creative Cafe by Creative Imaginations. Brads: American Crafts (white, green), Making Memories (flower). Ribbon: Stampin' Up!. Buttons: American Crafts (silver), Stampin' Up! (yellow, green). Die-cutting tool: Silhouette. Punches: EK Success.
Design by Jennifer Harrison
A hand-knit sweater has become the official homecoming apparel for newborns in Jennifer's family, and she designed this sweet page around it. She rounded corners with a punch to soften the edges on her page. It's also a subtle nod to earlier decades -- ideal for this design about family traditions.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Pebbles in My Pocket. Font: Trebuchet MS off the Internet. Stickers: Doodlebug Design. Rub-ons: KI Memories.
Design by Penny Smith
Leave a lot of white space to keep the concentration on your little one. Include basic information, such as the date of birth and weight. Add interest with small squares of patterned paper and a spray ink background.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, die cuts, stickers: Imaginisce. Spray ink: Maya Road.
Design by Heather Thompson
A tender moment between new siblings inspired Heather to create this page, which includes blue and pink to reflect both children. Heather mixes her own handwriting with computer type to single out key words and phrases.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, sticker: SEI. Font: Baskerville Old Face off the Internet. Rub-ons: Doodlebug Design (stitches), Melissa Frances (phrase). Chipboard accent: Heidi Swapp. Pen: American Crafts.
Design by Lisa Dickinson
Use a doily-inspired product, such as this large round frame, to create a focal point on a page highlighting Baby. Include a stamped quote for an impactful message.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Sassafras (blue, pink), BasicGrey (green), Studio Calico (yellow). Font: Typenoksidi off the Internet. Stickers: Pink Paislee (frame), BasicGrey (letters). Pen: American Crafts.
Design by Sarah Tyler
Though vanity tempted her to skip scrapbooking these photos, Sarah realized that she wanted to celebrate the memory of snuggling with her newborn at the hospital. For unique photo mats, Sarah mounted her photos on nontraditional materials such as wire mesh and chipboard.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: Scissor Sisters. Mesh: Magic Mesh. Stickers: Pebbles Inc. Rubber stamps: Leave Memories (title), Wordsworth ("&"). Ink: Jacquard.
Design by Jill Cornell
Show what family means to you by scrapping photos of a family event, such as this adoption celebration. Using a variety of shots especially helps to tell the story. Sticker captions fill dead space in photos.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye (text, stripe), Crate Paper (yellow), Glitz Design (dot). Stickers: American Crafts (large letters), BasicGrey (small letters). Rub-ons: October Afternoon. Transparent accents: Maya Road. Ink: Tsukineko. Pens: EK Success. Punches: Fiskars. Photography: Pitch Perfect Picture.
Design by Vicki Boutin
Surprised by her newborn's gender, Vicki was oh-so happy she got the chance to use pink on this page. Scraps of cardstock and patterned paper snipped into simple shapes make fun accents for pennies.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, tags: BasicGrey. Rub-ons: Scenic Route Paper Co. (on petals), Deja Views for The C-Thru Ruler Co. (title). Rubber stamps: Scraptivity. Ink: Tsukineko. Chipboard letter: Li'l Davis Designs. Brads: Making Memories. Pens: Sanford (white gel), Sakura of America (black). Trim: Venus Industries. Beads: Provo Craft.
Design by Jennifer Gallacher
Armed with a single photo of her husband and newborn son, Jennifer created this colorful tribute to her husband's parenting skills. Small bits of busy patterned paper can go a long way. Jennifer used a strip along the bottom to anchor her title.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, charms, paper clips: Karen Foster Design. Font: Antique Type off the Internet. Chipboard letter, rickrack, ribbon: Li'l Davis Designs. Stickers: Arctic Frog (letters), Karen Foster Designs (buttons). Punch: McGill Inc.
Design by Michelle Rubin
After seeing these photos of her friend's newborn twins, Michelle made this 6x6" page as part of a gift album. Rub-ons are great for adding an extra creative touch to other accents, like the brads on this page.
SOURCES: Cardstock, patterned paper: Making Memories. Fonts: Pharmacy (title), Eurofurence (journaling) off the Internet. Rub-ons: Autumn Leaves. Brads: Bazzill Basics Paper.
Design by Allison Kimball
Allison loaded this page with snapshots of herself with her newly adopted son and tags filled with journaling all about their first meeting. The oversize title makes a big impression that bolsters the message.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: Daisy D's Paper Co. Pen: American Crafts. Chipboard accent: Li'l Davis Designs. Ribbon: Making Memories. Tags: 7Gypsies (ivory), Li'l Davis Designs (stitched), Pebbles Inc. ("happy").
Design by Aimee Fernandez-Capina
Showcasing their new T-shirts and roles, the Fernandez-Capina family cuddled close for a homecoming photo session. Aimee converted color photos to black-and-white to give the page a classic look.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Stickers: Scrapworks. Pen: Zig Writer by EK Success.
Design by Emily Call
Emily took a cue from her daughter's ensemble for the powdery pastels and flower accent on this page. To give the basic design a little oomph, Emily stamped small dots down one side of the page.
SOURCES: Cardstock, stamps, ink, embossing powder: Stampin' Up!
Design by Cathy Blackstone
Cathy created this page of her daughter's speedy entry into the world to share the story with her. Cathy took creative license with her background by covering the page with masking tape and brightening it with acrylic paint for an unusual, textural look.
SOURCES: Font: Arial. Stickers: K&Company. Sequins: Hero Arts. Pins: Making Memories.