DIY Baby Scrapbook: 15 Creative Ideas

If you’re thinking about starting a scrapbook for your baby — as a “baby book” substitute, or just as a creative memory keepsake — you should first know the mistakes to avoid. (Mistakes that I may have made myself, ahem.)

And then it’s time to start brainstorming scrapbooking ideas.

Here are 15 creative ideas for your baby’s scrapbook:

  • Pregnancy Pages

    Pregnancy Pages

    The ideas are endless, including: copies of your ultrasound photos, a list of possible name choices, journal entries about your feelings during pregnancy, lists of random pregnancy facts (including cravings), a note to your unborn child, etc.

  • Baby Shower Mementos

    Baby Shower Mementos

    Use cut-outs from gift bags, cards, cake bunting, and wrapping paper from your baby shower. You could also add a pocket to store all of those sweet baby shower cards — which are much more special than the average party card.

    Photo: Flickr/Aimee Ray

  • Current Events

    Current Events

    Include newspaper clippings, recent memorable events, and photos of typical every-day life in 2012 — including, say, what that gallon of gas cost during your pregnancy road trip, and how much you spent on your new dress. Cost-of-life reflections are always fun to look back on.

    Photo: Flickr/Valerie Everett

  • A Letter from Mom and Dad

    A Letter from Mom and Dad

    Write a letter to your unborn baby — whether it’s a list of goals and wishes, or just a reflection of your feelings at the time. If you have older children, have them draw a picture for their new sibling, or even write a little note of their own.

    Photo: Flickr/Paul Worthington

  • Use Maps

    Use Maps

    If a certain geographical location has meaning — whether it was a trip you took, or just the city where you live — use maps for page backgrounds or photo matting.

    Photo: Flickr/Douglas Fernandes

  • Vintage Photos

    Vintage Photos

    Rather than just write out a family tree, why not illustrate your baby’s history with vintage photos?

  • Add Objects for Texture

    Add Objects for Texture

    Baby socks, newborn clothes, baby bracelets, small pieces of blanket fabric — they’ll add realness and texture to your baby scrapbook. You can even add a pocket to store the hospital hat and blanket.

  • Give a Nursery Tour

    Give a Nursery Tour

    You’ve worked so hard on your baby’s nursery; remember the little details. Include photos (of course), as well as more creative elements like paint chips and fabric swatches.

    Photo: Flickr/skarpetka86

  • Add Your Birth Story

    Add Your Birth Story

    Write up your birth story in a book-within-a-book. That’s one memory that fades with time, so jot down the experience before you forget.

    See even more inspirational scrapbook ideas from Alie Edwards.

  • Quote Pages

    Quote Pages

    Include lyrics from lullabies, quotes from favorite books, and passages from memorable poems.

  • Blog Entries

    Blog Entries

    If you’re a blogger, add in important/touching/funny/heartfelt blog posts — even if it’s just a small passage.

  • Make a List

    Make a List

    10 Things I Adore About My Baby Boy. 10 Things I Hope To Teach You. 20 Random Facts About Your Mom.

    You can buy this pre-made scrapbook page for $10.99 from Posh Creations.

  • Fill Mini Envelopes

    Fill Mini Envelopes

    ……with trinkets and mementos — from first haircut trimmings to his first movie ticket — and attach them to your scrapbook pages.

    Buy 12 mini envelopes for $3.60 from the Etsy shop Who I Am.

  • Monthly Photos

    Monthly Photos

    Including milestones and/or things she likes doing.

    Buy these monthly stickers from the Etsy shop Purple Possom.

  • 20 Questions

    20 Questions

    Write a list of questions for your child each year (their favorite food, best friend, favorite song, etc.) and see the answers evolve over time.

    Need writing prompts? Download a 20-Question PDF ($3) from the Etsy shop Prompt Shop.

    Photo: Reaves, Party of Four.

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