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Anatomy of an Album: Baby (the beginnings)


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American Crafts 12x12 Corduroy album in Blush; K&Company Butterfly; Hambly Butterfly transparency ]

And so it begins. A collection of stuff: images, stories, and bits of this & that picked up along the way.





I want Anna's baby album to essentially be a home for a bunch of different things. Some pages will be artsy, some simple, and others will just act as a place to store stuff. Little things (like the hospital bracelets & hat below) will be kept safe and sound inside the pocket of a page protector.

My mission is to selectively keep stuff, tell stories, and create a home for the memories of her first year. 

This is not an album with a master plan. There are no spots to fill in the blanks. It doesn't all match. Rather it is something that is evolving as she (and I) evolve.

I am using is a 12x12 3-ring album from American Crafts in Blush. Inside are four different sizes of page protectors from American Crafts: 12x12, 8.5x11, 6x12, and the divided 12x12 with 6 pockets for 4x6 photos. The pages are intermixed from one size to another which is one of my favorite things about 3-ring albums.

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The current first page (shown above) is a divided page protector from Crop-In-Style that is designed as sticker & die cut storage. I am using these page protectors for little things because each pocket has an extra piece of transparency that essentially closes the pocket keeping the contents safe inside. This particular page protector has 5 pockets and holds a hat, the hospital bracelets, a clothing tag, the newspaper birth announcement, and the proof of the hospital photo. I envision that I will use more of these throughout the album.

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[ Information and supplies on this layout can be found here. ]

One of the reasons I like to include 8.5x11 (besides that I like scrapbooking in that size) is that it fits standard sized papers - such as a document from the hospital and some information from the pediatrician that will be fun to look back on some day. The back of the layout above is a certificate from the hospital with Anna's footprints stamped onto the page.

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[ Information and supplies on this layout can be found here. ]

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Cosmo Cricket Animal Friends patterned paper]

The layout on the back of the music 6x12 page is one that documents what was happening around here at week 6. Journaling is from this post.

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[ Hambly Onesie Transparency ]

As I mentioned in the beginning, I don't want this book to be just layouts. I want to include more bits of life such as this onesie. It's one of those tiny ones that only lasts a few weeks but is such a great reminder of what a miracle this whole thing is in our lives. Currently it is just sitting in there on top of the onsie transparency. I am not sure exactly how I am going to attach it to the transparency yet - I don't want any sort of adhesive that will yellow the onsie. 

The next couple pages are divided 12x12 protectors with 6 pockets for 4x6 photos. I want to be able to quickly slip in some of our favorite photos that may or may not be scrapbooked in a crafty way. 

It's a start. I am excited about getting some more stories documented - especially some layouts about meeting family, our time in the hospital, etc. I've done a few more 12x12 double-page spreads for Creating Keepsakes that will be coming out in issues later this year and will be placed in this album once they are photographed. There's no particular order to how I am telling these stories - usually it just depends on which one is inspiring me the most when I have the time to put something together.

I'm also planning to add in some 12x12 photo enlargements - maybe one like this:

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I'm excited and inspired to get more of her stories told and to give them a home in this album.

I'll share some more interior shots again in a couple months as the album begins to grow.

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  1. Joan says…
    04/06/2009

    Ali,
    I always love your layouts and albums. The one for Anna is just wonderful. She is so cute!
    It's funny, but I still have my daughter's baby hat (she's 20 and in college now) and it looks just like Anna's! Must be the standard hospital baby hat!
    Thanks for sharing all your great ideas.

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  2. tchrtiff says…
    04/06/2009

    So creative, you are Ali. Love what you've shared with us thus far. Has given me motivation to work on my son's album (he's 2 now).
    Also love your music/cd idea. I've always kept a collection of songs in my head that I've called 'Allysa's Songs' but I had never thought to put them on a cd. Duh! I think I'll make the CD with some notes on why I chose each song.
    Love the photo of Anna & you. Definitely need to print it up very large.

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  3. katie says…
    04/06/2009

    Beautiful! I don't have time to read all of the comments, so this my be out there already...I would attach her onesie to the transparency with some safety pins. Cute & simple!

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  4. Kimberly says…
    04/06/2009

    Just wanted to remind you that you are a ROCK STAR!!! I think you are doing a great job!! I didn't have a single thing actually in my daughter's (or son's for that matter) albums until well after their first birthday. In fact my dd turns 4 on Easter and her album needs a lot of attention!!! Great job using your time wisely!!! I need some lessons!!

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  5. karine says…
    04/06/2009

    Hello
    Thank you for always sharing all your wonderfull ideas with us! I wish you and your family a lot of happyness!
    Karine

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  6. Thinkie says…
    04/06/2009

    maybe you can attach the onesie with a few stitches trough the plastic and stick something (a layout?) on the back of the page protector to cover up the stitches and keep the plastic from tearing up where the stitches are. Or stitch the onesie to cardstock and slide it in the pageprotector.
    Don't forget to include a photo of the whole family!
    It's already becoming a great album!

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  7. Lara says…
    04/07/2009

    I love it! Such a treasure!!

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  8. Susan W says…
    04/07/2009

    Thanks for jump starting my desire to scrap again. I ordered some different sized page protectors yesterday. I am going to look into a new album today. A big 12x12 so I can fit lots of fun things into it. I have lots of things saved from my little guy. this will give me a chance to tell some new stories. Before I forget them.
    Thanks again!

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  9. michelle says…
    04/07/2009

    amazing... what else can be said! thank you for your always wonderful inspiration.

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  10. Scraptagious.com says…
    04/07/2009

    Fabulous approach to a baby keepsake album! This was yesterday's most Scraptagious link on http://scraptagious.com. Congrats!

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  11. karen says…
    04/07/2009

    Smiling Anna just melted my heart! I hope to someday be a grandma and hold a baby just as beautiful as Anna.

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  12. Melissa says…
    04/07/2009

    For the onesie page, couldn't you punch holes in the transparency and run some ribbon through the holes to tie the garment in place. Sounds like it would work and there wouldn't be any need for adhesive. Just an idea.

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  13. Amy Hayes says…
    04/07/2009

    Ali, what a wonderful album for Anna. She will treasure every page. I love the idea of using a variety of page sizes in a 12x12 album. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  14. MsCheeks says…
    04/07/2009

    awww alli! My little grandson is just days apart from your anna and he is smiling also...so sweet just melts me.....xoxox

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  15. Hannah Brockett says…
    04/07/2009

    Hi Ali
    I love your baby book and having recently had a baby (she's 4 months now) I wonder if I should do the same kinda thing... just wondered did you do something similer for Simon.. I ask as I have a 3 year old and I didn't start scrapping till he was 1? Should I feel guilty about not having one for him and try to create one or am I worrying too much...
    Hannah
    x

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  16. LizT says…
    04/07/2009

    Hum... just had a thought, maybe you could vaccum seal (like those meat/veggie sealers or the ones used for clothes/blankets.. assuming you could work with both)the onsie and then attach it to the transparency. That way nothing has to touch it and it's protected as well.
    Just a thought..
    Fabulous album!!

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  17. Chris Wenzel says…
    04/07/2009

    the kerjink (sp?) or the tagger is a great way to attah. It is like the one in the clothing store.

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  18. Irene says…
    04/07/2009

    It melts my heart to see the dedication you have in preserving your little girl's memories.
    Sorry, I can't help myself. You could cut out a body shape out of cardstock and slip it inside the onesie for support, cut slits in the transparency and attach the onesie to it with organza ribbon as if it were a gift.
    Maybe even use one of the ribbons from the baby gifts.
    Cheers, Irene :)
    Australia

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  19. Kbscraps21 says…
    04/07/2009

    I think she looks just like you....so sweet.
    peace
    kim

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  20. mitchmac says…
    04/07/2009

    Hi Ali,
    This album is simply georgous. I have only recently started reading your posts, but it has inspired me to create and album for each of my daughters first 5 years as I have a stash of the beautiful AC window-albums.
    I especially love the way you have embellished the front of the album and just had a quick question - how did you create the little box in the window with Anna's name on it - i would love to do this for each of my daughter's albums.

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  21. Yvonne Stehle says…
    04/07/2009

    Ali, i so love making these albums and later looking through them. I was very diligent with the album of the first child and less so with the second and third. I also included some envelope with shopping list and bills to see wht we bought and where and how much it did cost then (we,ve been living abroad so this was very interesting). An I added stamps and some lists of people who were "famous" back then.
    Now talking about this I thik I have to get my hands on the ones for the second and third child.....
    Have fun doing more of all the great things you are doing!
    Yvonne/moline

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  22. Yvonne Stehle says…
    04/07/2009

    Ali, i so love making these albums and later looking through them. I was very diligent with the album of the first child and less so with the second and third. I also included some envelope with shopping list and bills to see wht we bought and where and how much it did cost then (we,ve been living abroad so this was very interesting). An I added stamps and some lists of people who were "famous" back then.
    Now talking about this I thik I have to get my hands on the ones for the second and third child.....
    Have fun doing more of all the great things you are doing!
    Yvonne/moline

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  23. Shannon Davey says…
    04/07/2009

    Would love to know the same, there are some that hold both horizontal and vertical in same sleeve, but I would love some that are all vertical. Love my horizontal ones! Just find I take lots of portrait shots.

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  24. Laura Melohn says…
    04/07/2009

    What a great albuM!

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  25. Maggie says…
    04/08/2009

    Stitching is a cool idea--I also had a thought that a fast solution might be a tag gun with the little bitty tags--they come in a nice soft pink. Love my tag gun for bulky items. You could even put grommets behind the page to be sure they didn't pull through.

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