Saturday, September 17, 2011

A Scrapbook in Seven Hours

I broke a record here I'm sure... a 8"x8" scrapbook completed in just 7 hours. I also didn't spend a lot of money by using greeting cards, gift bags, and party decorations as embellishments!

When my son was born 4 years ago I already had scrapbook pages laid out and ready for his pictures. So when my daughter turned 6 months old last month and I had not even begun her first book I started to feel a little guilty! I certainly did not want her to see her not-finished baby book compared to my son's TWO elaborate books when she is older!

Thankfully my church has a crop-club that meets once per month for 6 hours to work on scrapping. I took my pink 8"x8" and all the stuff that I saved from my baby shower, pictures, and paper and got to work. The 8"x8" books that I make for my kids are their sonogram, decorating the nursery, me pregnant, and baby shower pictures.

This first page is made using 8"x8" craft paper and two cards that I got at my baby shower. The larger card has an outline of baby feet on it that's hard to see in this picture. The only thing I bought for this layout is the background paper!

Here we have baby girl's sonogram pictures. The butterflies and green flower came from some hanging decorations from my baby shower. I bought the baby bottle embellishment in the lower right corner.

Decorating the nursery! That's my darling hubby painting and my little guy making an appearance. There are lots of store bought embellishments on these pages but they were a gift!

Pictures of me pregnant! The rattle and heart I cut out of a gift bag.

More prego pictures and embellishments from the shower decorations.

Here are the baby shower pictures with store bought embellishments which, again, were given to me.

Since I had a few extra pages I filled them with cute cards that I got, the shower invitation, and more cut-outs from gift bags.

More shower pics, more decorations-turned-scrapbook embellishments.

Two more cute cards. Love that Kangaroo!!

Here is a mini-card on the top of the right hand page. I always save these to use in my scrapbooks.

And the final page - a sweet little card with stitching detail and a flower from the shower decorations.

By saving things like wrapping paper, party decorations, ribbon, and gift bags you can create a really nice memory book for very little money. Now I will begin her 12"x12" baby book documenting her growth and milestones month by month. Thanks for reading!


  1. WOW!!! Soooo beautiful <3... Fiona is really going to love this book, and the books to come... Robert and Fiona are so lucky to have such a creative mom!!

  2. Awww! This is so cute! I'm your newest follower. Found you on AFC. :) I look forward to reading future posts.

    Jennifer--AFC (cpht) ;)