Baby Milestone Pages

Find great scrapbook page ideas for documenting your baby's development with this collection of layouts that cover all of Baby's important firsts.

Rocket Ship Page

Design by Izzy Anderson

Chronicle month-by-month changes with a grid pattern. Alternate squares of fun paper patterns with pictures. Include a larger recent image of your child to break up the page.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: October Afternoon. Stickers: BasicGrey (letters), October Afternoon (all other). Die cuts, charm, button: October Afternoon. Twine: The Twinery. Ink: Ranger Industries.

Day 2 Page

Design by Erin Roe

Highlight a specific day in the life of your child, such as Erin did with her son's second day. Customize an embossed design for your layout by creating a template from a scanned image, dingbat, or digital element printed on cardstock. Erin embossed guitars on her layout to match her son's outfit.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (black, white), Die Cuts With A View (metallic). Patterned paper: Chatterbox (light blue), Scenic Route Paper Co. (numbers, green, white dots), SEI (black dots). Fonts: Engravers MT ("2"), Franklin Gothic Book (journaling). Stickers, rub-ons: Making Memories. Punch: Fiskars.

Young Baby Page

Design by Jill Cornell

Arrange small-scale coordinating patterns in a grid with photos and embellishments for a simple page structure. In one corner, highlight the age of a child on bright patterned paper with a stand-out number. Brackets add extra emphasis.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Jillibean Soup. Patterned paper: October Afternoon. Stickers: October Afternoon (tab), SEI (epoxy), KI Memories (blue glitter, "6"), Jenni Bowlin Studio ("months"). Chipboard accents: Cosmo Cricket. Felt accent: Creative Cafe by Creative Imaginations. Ribbon: May Arts. Pearls: Melissa Frances. Ink: StazOn by Tsukineko. Punches: Fiskars (border), Marvy Uchida (circle). Adhesive: Tombow.

Monthly Milestones Pages

Design by Erica Hernandez

Record Baby's first six months in a layout that lists developmental details and showcases a favorite photo from each month. Make numbered die cuts uniform by punching them into a scalloped circle. Back them with solid cardstock circles for a playful look.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, die cuts, stickers: Little Yellow Bicycle. Specialty paper: Creative Imaginations. Font: Century Gothic. Punches: Marvy Uchida (circle), EK Success (scalloped circle).

Baby Development Page

Design by Janna Wilson

For a page recording how her son grew over his first six months, Janna used one photo from each month. Make sure you get at least one photo a month by designating a specific time, such as the first or last day of the month, as photo day.

Editor's Tip: Harmonize hues. Photos taken at different times can sometimes have clashing colors, so neutralize the images by converting them to black-and-white and keeping the large focal image in color.


SOURCES: Patterned paper, brads, clips, metal tabs: Making Memories. Font: Two Peas Renaissance by Two Peas in a Bucket. Stickers, rub-ons: Heidi Grace Designs.

Black-and-White Photos Page

Design by Nia Reddy

Nia turned journaling about her son's eighth month into a graphic element by varying the font size of each line. Using all uppercase letters keeps the look chunky and cohesive.

Editor's Tip: Embellish with found objects. Nia made a simple page accent from a label off a pair of jeans.


SOURCES: Fonts: Impact (journaling), Zurich (title) off the Internet.

Growing So Fast Page

Design by Jill Godon

Multiple photos from her son's first year and extensive journaling record how fast that year went by for Jill. Using your computer, resize a group of photos to fit the available space. On this layout, Jill fit 24 photos and still had plenty of room to journal.

Editor's Tip: On a photo- and text-heavy page, leave plenty of white space to give your eyes a place to rest. The top third of Jill's page has an airy feel, featuring a thin title and simple flower-embellished border.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Chatterbox. Fonts: SP Purkage (title) off the Internet, Century Gothic (journaling). Rub-ons: Imagination Project. Chipboard accents, acrylic paint: Making Memories. Ribbon: American Crafts.

Color Block Baby Page

Design by Joy Bollinger

Joy typed short summaries of her baby's achievements in the 11th month on blocks of cardstock she later stitched to the layout. She filled the other blocks with extra photos and squares of floral-pattern paper.

Editor's Tip: Try stickers as stencils or masks to lightly embellish your page. Joy gently removed the "11" stickers in her title after chalking over them for a muted embellishment to her title.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Colors by Design. Fonts: Carpenter ICG (title) off the Internet, Chestnuts (journaling) by Two Peas in a Bucket. Stickers: K&Company (flower), Creative Imaginations ("11"). Chalk: Craft-T Products.

Sunny Baby Page

Design by Erin Clarkson

Bright gold is the perfect match for the baby's cheerful smile in these photos. Erin even brushed mustard ink on the edges of her blue border and accents for additional subtle touches of yellow on the page. Green rub-ons and an elephant accent complete the scheme.

Editor's Tip: Scrap three similar photos side-by-side. A thin white border provides the light separation you need.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: KI Memories (yellow), Making Memories (blue). Stickers: Doodlebug Design (white tags), SEI (tab), Making Memories (word strips). Rub-ons: American Crafts ("cutie pie"), Autumn Leaves ("look who is"), Doodlebug Design ("standing"). Chipboard accent: American Crafts. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap. Brads: Making Memories.

Baby Characteristics Page

Design by Marla Kress

You don't have to wait for milestones to scrapbook -- stop time by recording your baby's characteristics at any given age. Marla made notes about what her daughter was doing each week and used that when journaling.

Editor's Tip: Do you have a cute paper you're dying to work with but it doesn't match your photos? A black-and-white shot gives you total freedom.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Crate Paper. Transparency: Hambly Studios. Font: Papyrus by Microsoft. Stickers: American Crafts. Stamps: It Kit Studio. Ink: Ranger Industries.

First Bath Page

Design by Aimee Fernandez-Capina

For a cute approach, Amy printed each numbered step of her child's first bath right beneath the photo. Also, she converted her photos to black-and-white for a timeless look and to minimize a newborn's blotchy skin.

Editor's Tip: Add childlike text to your page. Amy's machine-stitched title is imperfect and free-form, mimicking a young child's printing.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, rub-ons: Autumn Leaves. Font: Jack Frost by Two Peas in a Bucket.

Season of Love Page

Design by Carrie Cook

A focus on lyrics and sequential photos helps Carrie illustrate her son's first year using "Seasons of Love" from the Broadway musical Rent as her inspiration. One line in the song -- "in cups of coffee" -- didn't fit her story, so Carrie added "ok . . . not so much" in a script font as a playful interjection.

Editor's Tip: Streamline your snapshots with same-size photos that showcase different poses, crops, and distances.


SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0. Digital paper: Shabby Princess. Fonts: After Hours (title), Verdana (journaling), Susie's Hand ("not so much"), Punch Label (dates) off the Internet.

First Teeth Page

Design by Lisa Storms

To go along with the tooth theme, Lisa gave the sticker letters in her title a glossy finish that mimics tooth enamel and used white letters for the "e"s in the word "teeth."

Editor's Tip: Inking the edges of your paper gives them more definition, an effect that is particularly useful on a page with a white background.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: Me and My Big Ideas (stripe), SEI (dot). Stickers: Arctic Frog. Stamps, punch: Stampin' Up!. Brads: K&Company.

Colorful Baby Page

Design by Erin Roe

Repeat patterns, shapes, or colors on your page to help keep the eye moving. Erin printed a strip of similar photos and paired it with irregularly cut strips of patterned paper. Splashes of red call attention to key areas.

Editor's Tip: Use chipboard letters for your title. Placing the title on an angle imitates Erin's photo strip.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: SEI (green dots), BasicGrey (orange), Karen Foster Design (red). Fonts: Dirty Headline (journaling), Modern No. 20 (title) off the Internet. Chipboard letters: Scenic Route Paper Co.

Rolling on the Floor Page

Design by Kim Haynes

Kim cropped a floral-pattern paper into large circles to create a clever layout about her daughter's new skills. A dot-pattern paper further emphasizes her theme. A combo of color and black-and-white photos are matted on simple solid cardstock.

Editor's Tip: Journal on vellum. Black type on vellum allows the pretty patterned paper behind it to subtly peek through.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, rub-ons: Autumn Leaves. Font: Jack Frost by Two Peas in a Bucket.

10 Smiles Page

Design by Sheila Doherty

Show growth and change in your baby's life with photos from different stages that follow a common theme. Sheila wanted to portray 10 months of her son's smiles. By numbering each black-and-white photo, she made it easy for the eye to travel from one month to the next.

Editor's Tip: Highlight your favorite words in a special way. In her journaling, Sheila applied an outline and color to special words such as "smile," "love," and "laughing."


SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: KI Memories. Font: Century Gothic. Stickers: Chatterbox. Rub-ons, brads: Making Memories. Wood accent: Li'l Davis Designs. Ribbon: Michaels.

Touchy Feely Page

Design by Jen Lessinger

Inspired by her son's favorite plaything, Jen paired her photos with textural accents to reflect her son's growing awareness of the world around him.

Editor's Tip: Let a photo or other flat element pop off the page by attaching it with adhesive foam. Jen gave the smaller photo more prominence by raising it.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: K&Company (teal), Autumn Leaves (orange). Font: Century Gothic. Chipboard accents: Scenic Route Paper Co. (green square, "i"), Heidi Swapp (hearts, "a," "e," "L"). Acrylic accents: KI Memories. Ribbon: American Crafts.

Fast Facts Page

Design by Jen Lessinger

For quick journaling about her son's development at nine months, Jen made a short list of facts and typed them in a white strip along the edge of the page.

Editor's Tip: Choose masculine colors for your baby boy's layout. A chocolate brown and burgundy color scheme is very boyish for a growing little man.


SOURCES: Cardstock: DMD Industries (white), Bazzill Basics Paper (red). Patterned paper: American Crafts (multicolor), BasicGrey (distressed). Chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp.

Finger Foods Page

Design by Jeannie van Wert

Jeannie chronicled her child's first experience with solid foods with detailed info about his favorites and his hearty appetite. To help you recall the details, hang a calendar in your baby's room. Every night, jot down tidbits from the day for future journaling.

Editor's Tip: When working on a multiphoto layout, choose one picture that you'd like to highlight and print it larger than the others. Mounting it on cardstock helps it stand out even more.


SOURCES: Cardstock, patterned paper, tacks: Chatterbox. Fonts: Vegetable Soup (title), Flea Market (journaling) by Two Peas in a Bucket. Rub-ons, floss: Making Memories.

Six Month Milestones Page

Design by Sheila Doherty

Sheila combined bright papers and black-and-white photos in a straightforward design to highlight the major milestones her son had accomplished at six months old.

Editor's Tip: Write bullet journaling when you have a lot to cover. Keeping the design fuss-free will make your information easier to follow.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Scrapworks (polka dot), KI Memories (heart). Font: Rockwell off the Internet. Brads: Making Memories. Bottle cap: Li'l Davis Designs. Ribbon: American Crafts.

Head's Up Page

Design by Sandi Hicks

Sandi layered three patterned papers in similar pink and green hues to make a page highlighting her daughter's new ability to lift her head and roll over.

Editor's Tip: Save money by buying raw or unfinished chipboard accents. Decorate them with paint, ink, or patterned paper to give them a makeover that will match your color scheme.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (paisley), Melissa Frances (dot, stripe). Pen: EK Success. Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp. Ribbon: All My Memories (rickrack, check), May Arts (stripe). Button, brads: Making Memories.

Learning to Walk Pages

Design by April Peterson

April needed two pages to recount her son's foray into walking. Her descriptive journaling and focal photo fill the first page, and multiple action photos on the second page take the reader along for the ride.

Editor's Tip: Don't be afraid to use flower embellishments on a boy's page. These adorable yellow accents do a perfect job of picking up the yellow numbers on the shirt.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: SEI (stripe), KI Memories (floral), Chatterbox (plaid). Vellum, acrylic flowers: KI Memories. Font: Teletype off the Internet. Ink: Tsukineko. Tags: Making Memories. Decorative-edge ruler: Plaid.

Blooming Baby Page

Design by Brenda Carpenter

After photographing her daughter playing with silk flowers, Brenda placed the blooms on a layout describing her daughter at 10 months.

Editor's Tip: Find a new place to journal. Instead of journaling on a plain solid block, look for empty spaces on your page where you can add visual interest.


SOURCES: Cardstock, brads: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, stickers: Scenic Route Paper Co. Font: Uncle Charles by Autumn Leaves. Foam stamp: Li'l Davis Designs. Ink: Clearsnap. Ribbon: May Arts. Flowers: Michaels. Pen, punch: Stampin' Up!.

First Haircut Page

Design by Rebecca Odom

Trim with rickrack. Rebecca used rickrack as a border between patterned paper and her blue cardstock background. It adds texture and depth to the page.

Editor's Tip: Layer small letters on top of large ones for a fresh title. Use a different letter style for each word so they're both easy to read.


SOURCES: Patterned paper, stickers, punches, ribbon, rickrack: EK Success.

Photo Shoot Page

Design by Candi Gershon

Candi combined cute shots from a photo shoot with phrases about her daughter's new achievements. A focal photo in the bottom right-hand corner draws the eye to the "milestones" title.

Editor's Tip: Create handmade tags by cutting cardstock or patterned paper into a tag shape. Punch a hole at the top and pull thread through to create a hanging tag or simply knot a piece of pretty ribbon and tuck it behind another element.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Prism Papers. Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves. Font: Songwriter by Autumn Leaves. Stickers: Chatterbox. Tags: 2Dye4. Buttons: SEI (small green, blue), Autumn Leaves (large green, yellow). Ribbon: Michaels. Stamps: PSX. Ink: Ranger Industries.

Solid Eater Page

Design by Candi Gershon

Layer on vellum to tone down patterned paper and create a cool effect. Candi used vellum as a mat to help her photo and title stand out.

Editor's Tip: When covering your layout with several sheets of paper, attach them with machine stitching. White thread won't detract from your layout and will add understated texture to your page.


SOURCES: Cardstock, patterned paper: SEI. Fonts: Garamouche by P22 (journaling), Scrap Cursive ("solid") off the Internet. Chipboard accents: Li'l Davis Designs.

Up and Down Baby Page

Design by Tiffany Tillman

Tiffany described her baby's constant up-down movements with a football analogy. She used white and yellow letters on a brown background to create a bold and dynamic title.

Editor's Tip: Illustrate your baby's development by scrapping with before, during, and after pics. If your baby is learning a new skill, capture the process in several photos.


SOURCES: Software: Adobe Photoshop 7.0. Fonts: Tahoma (journaling), Aurora Cn BT (title) off the Internet. Digital elements: Designer Digitals (patterned paper), Shabby Princess (photo turn).

Standing Baby Page

Design by Jen Lessinger

In Jen's page about her son learning to walk, she kept the elements consistent for a cohesive look. There are three white words for her title -- each a verb. There are three teal journaling blocks that provide more detail. And there are three black-and-white photos of her son's early steps. This balance creates a calm and harmonized page.

Editor's Tip: Stack photos shot in sequence for a filmstrip effect that shows the progression of movement or a change over time. To capture a chain of events, use your camera's continuous shooting feature.


SOURCES: Cardstock: DMD Industries (white), Bazzill Basics Paper (brown). Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. (teal), BasicGrey (orange). Font: American Typewriter. Stickers: American Crafts. Tag: Avery Dennison. Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp.

Laughing Baby Page

Design by Dana Smith

To capture her little girl's smile in a photo, Dana asked her sons to entertain their sister while she stood ready with her camera. She journaled about her baby's first smile on a block of light green paper she placed vertically on the right-hand side of the page.

Editor's Tip: Let your title follow paths you create in your design. By arranging the sticker letters along the wavy edge of her paper, Dana's title flows across the page.


SOURCES: Patterned paper, stickers, chipboard accents: BasicGrey. Font: Age Old Love by Autumn Leaves. Epoxy accent: Autumn Leaves. Flowers: Prima. Rhinestones, rickrack: Making Memories.

Golden Lock Page

Design by Jessica Sprague

Jessica saved a single golden curl from her daughter's first haircut and paired it with a black-and-white photo for a lasting keepsake. Tuck mementos into see-through bags or envelopes.

Editor's Tip: Go feminine with your baby girl's page. Jessica's preppy pink-and-green color scheme is perfect, especially when embellished with pretty ribbon, flirty faux flowers, and green brads.


SOURCES: Patterned paper, flowers, brads, ribbon, photo corner: Chatterbox. Fonts: Myriad (journaling) by Adobe, Impact (pink text) off the Internet. Stickers: American Crafts. Rub-ons: Autumn Leaves (flourish), 7Gypsies ("limited edition"), Heidi Swapp.

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