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:
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
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
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
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
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
Rather than just write out a family tree, why not illustrate your baby’s history with vintage photos?
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
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.
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.
Include lyrics from lullabies, quotes from favorite books, and passages from memorable poems.
If you’re a blogger, add in important/touching/funny/heartfelt blog posts — even if it’s just a small passage.
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.