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Baby Life was the first sub-category of Life in Photos I created. The most frequent comment I heard about my School of Life collection was, “I wish you had something like this for my baby!” and I completely agreed. I wished I had something like that for my baby. When Zoë was an only child I had hours of free time to scrap every single adorable thing she did, and every single adorable picture I took of her. She has two volumes of “All About Zoë” albums.
Then came Eden.
It is true what they say about your second child getting the short end of the stick. It’s not that I don’t take pictures of Eden, I border on obsessive. However, until Baby Life, she had about ten layouts documenting her existence. Total. She’s three years old. Terrible, I know. All of my scrapbooking time is spent on P365, Life in Photos, Photo-a-Day, Project Life… whatever you call it. I needed something to quickly and simply get her photos scrapped, and her baby stories documented before I forgot them. I have the memory of a goldfish.
Long gone are the days of me creating pages for every single cute photo or story. I have come to realize (and appreciate) that sharing our stories is not about quantity. It is about quality. I am tickled pink about Eden’s baby pages. No, they do not span two volumes like her big sister’s, but they contains the best of the best photos and stories from her first year of life, and that makes me happy.
Here is a peek inside Eden’s album. It will give you an idea of how flexible the Baby Life products are. They can be mixed, matched and used in combination with the other products depending on the number of photos you want to include and how many stories you want to share.
This is the first page of Eden’s 10 Month layouts.
When you turn the 6×12 “10″ page, you will see the highlights from the month as well as the journalling that was previously hidden with all the details of Eden’s month.
Next is the 2-page spread with my favorite photos from the month. They are very much like the School of Life “Life at Home” or “Life at School” pages.
Here is another option, for those of you that don’t want/need a title page for each month. Instead of including the 6×12 “Spotlight” page at the beginning, you can include it in the middle of your monthly spread. It really just depends on your preference. Personally, it doesn’t bother me in the least. I have loved mixing and matching different sized page protectors ever since reading Life Artist by Ali Edwards.
And when you flip the 10 month divider over…
Below is my favorite feature, and what I did on the other months of Eden’s first year. I reduced the 6×12 Spotlight Page to 95% before printing it so that I could easily slip it in behind the brief highlight paragraph. Let’s face it, nobody really wants to read an entire page about her eating habits, number of teeth and sleeping habits, but I like that is tucked away for future reference.
Eden’s 11 Month Layouts
Eden’s 12 Month Layouts. (Notice how on this 6×12 page I put the “12″ in front instead of highlights? I haven’t decided which I like better yet.)
I didn’t keep much in the way of memorabilia for Eden. I’m a digital scrapper. When I do include extra items in my layouts they are scanned, but I have to say, I’ve really enjoyed having a pocket in the girls’ School of Life albums. I think I need more pockets. As you may have guessed, I created a pocket for baby items. (There are Baby Life – Pieces of Life stamps for every month, but I didn’t need that much storage.)
Now, if you like the idea of documenting the highlights from your baby’s first year but don’t have the desire or time to create layouts for each month, I have something else to show you.
Easy peasy. Three of these layouts and you are good to go. Done!
There you have it, the Baby Life pages in my “All About Eden” album. All of the highlights for each month were copied and pasted from my blog. Blogs are a great place to write down stories, milestones and funny things your children say. You may not have time to scrap those stories right away, but they will (thankfully) be waiting for you when you do get some time. You may have noticed that Eden’s 12 month highlights are three sentences. Why? I forgot to blog about it and I have no clue what she was doing when she was a year old. Sad, but true.
I have been working on a secret project with someone special for almost a year now. You may have heard of her…
You already know that I am a huge Library of Memories enthusiast. I have blogged about it many, many times now. I have an entire store dedicated to it. I’m a super fan and I am totally OK with that. The more the merrier I say.
You can imagine my surprise when last spring, out of the blue, Stacy called to tell me that she had seen my LOM layouts in the Big Picture Classes gallery and loved them. (At that point I was shocked/speechless.) When she said that she had heard of Scrapaholics and wondered if I would be interested in creating templates of the navigation pages in HER library I just about dropped the phone. Would I? YES!!!
Stacy lives not far from where I grew up, and literally minutes from my aunt and uncle, so I visited her this summer and took photos of her navigation pages in order to create digital versions. I’m not going to lie, I’m fairly certain that I heard a choir of angels singing when I saw the original Library of Memories. The Library of Memories that started it all. SO COOL.
It was so much fun meeting Stacy in person. After reading her magazine and books, taking her classes, and working with her over the phone and via email, it was like catching up with a dear friend.
A few people have asked me if Stacy will be making 12×12 versions of her navigation pages. Yes! I can’t give you an exact date, but they are in the works. Once the paper layouts are finished I will get to work on the digital versions.
If you are a member of the LOM Community at Big Picture Classes make sure and visit “LOM News” section of the message board. *wink*
Remember a few months ago when I said that I was *almost* done with my School of Life templates? Well guess what? I am THRILLED to present not only templates but an entire School of Life Collection.
I very rarely, if ever, go back and remake completed layouts. I have hundreds of pictures that need to be scrapped, why remake pages? I made an exception with Zoë's School of Life album because a) I want to use the same format each year for her entire school career; and b) it is the most loved album in our library. It needed to contain the most precious photos and details. The previous design didn't provide enough space for journaling or photos (in my opinion).
I love, love, love how Zoë's album is coming along. I was as happy as a clam when the layouts I ordered from Persnickety Prints arrived today. I'll post pictures of the actual album tomorrow. I just need to finish assembling/filling the pocket pages. For now, here is a look at the templates in action. Please forgive the oversaturated GIF. I promise, the papers don't look like that IRL.
To celebrate the entire School of Life collection is 20% until Valentine's Day. Never say I don't love my blog readers. Heck, I'm just happy there are some of you left!
Scrapaholics got a facelift! Amanda Kay did a fabulous job on my new shopping cart system and put up with me. (I've been told I am a bit of a perfectionist.) I couldn't be happier with the end result. If you ever need a shopping cart or gallery installed or are looking for a graphic designer, Amanda is your girl. I give her five stars!
Please note: You will need to create a new account in the new shopping cart. I was not able to import the data from our old shopping cart system.
Scrapaholics now has a gallery!!! Feel free to upload your layouts (using at least 25% Scrapaholics products) in the new gallery or just browse the layouts to get your creative juices flowing.
Please note: The gallery and shopping cart have separate systems so you will need to register before you can upload any layouts.
Creating a scrapbook page is so much fun. I love the entire process: deciding on a photo or photos, choosing a story to share, looking through my supplies to find just the right paper and embellishments… I create layouts to share with my family. My girls are welcome to go into the library at any time and spread our albums out all over the floor. The album spines are another story. I'll admit it. I like my albums looking pretty.
You may have seen photos of my albums. They looked like this until Eden started crawling and walking.
Once that happened her favorite thing to do was go into the library and pull the pictures off of every single album. It was sweet, really. She just wanted to hold the tiny pictures of the people she loved. BUT SHE WAS RUINING MY LABELS! Again, I tried to focus on the positive. Eden loved looking through the albums, but she could pull those labels off with lightening speed and my labels were beyond repair.
I came up with a fabulous idea. (Humble, yes?) Childproof labels. This is not to say that a toddler will never be able to get these bad boys out, toddlers are persistent, BUT it will take some work and if they do manage to slide the labels out, you can slide them right back in. No harm, no foul.
New product = New giveaway!
I am giving away my new CHILDRPOOF WRMK Album Templates to one lucky reader. There are three ways to enter!
1. Leave a comment on today's post.
2. Post about a link to this blog post on your Facebook wall. Leave a separate comment with your link.
3. Post a link on your blog about the new CHILDPROOF WRMK Album Templates. Leave a separate comment with your link.
The contest ends at 6pm EST on 10-10-10. A maximum of three entries per person, please. Good luck!