In the first part of this series - Baby’s First Year…Taking the Pictures - I shared with you how I intentionally took monthly pictures of my baby in order to create a “Baby Book” of sorts within her scrapbook. But taking the pictures is only about 10% of the process. Let’s be honest…it’s easy to take the pictures. How many of us have about a gazillion pictures on computers somewhere waiting to be printed and scrapbooked? Well, in this installment, I want to help you move forward and get those pictures on pages! Here is where you will learn how to choose layouts.
Ready for a (Not Quite) Mom of the Year confession? I didn’t come up with the layouts for this baby book all by myself. (Waiting for the sea of shocked gasps to subside.) Hey, I’m busy, and when I have a lot of pages to scrap, it is good to find short cuts. And one of my favorite scrapbooking shortcuts is using the book Reflections: Scrapbook Program. It is a scrapbook
cheat program full of one-page layouts that not only plans the layout for you, it tells you how many different pieces of paper you need, how to cut each piece and where to place it on the page! Brilliant! (I also really love Cherish: Scrapbook Layouts Made Beautifully Simple
and Imagine: Fun, Fabulous Layouts for Every Scrapbooker , the two-page layout books, but for this baby book, I only needed one-page layouts.) Reflections is reasonably priced…especially for all of the layout ideas you get. Plus, there are a lot of embellishment ideas included, but I’m getting ahead of myself. Gotta save that for the next installment of the series (like my faux chipboard trick here? I’ll show you that next week!)
If you aren’t interested in purchasing a scrapbook program book, there are plenty of other sources of inspiration. One of the best resources out there is Pinterest. I have a sick amount of scrapbook pages pinned in my Scrapbook Ideas folder and I am building up pins of my own work in my I Got a Page Done! folder. You can follow me on Pinterest HERE.
The best advice I can give you for choosing layouts for your baby book is to pick SIMPLE layouts. There are plenty of great ideas for elaborate, beautiful layouts, but the baby book pages probably aren’t the best place for them. Why? Because you have 12 pages to do right now! Choosing simple layouts will make the process go much faster. Besides, the adorable bundle of joy in each picture is what is going to shine on these pages, so don’t sweat the layout too much. Plus, the papers and embellishments you choose make a huge impact on even the simplest layout (see more about that HERE.) When I was putting together my wedding album, I used an EXTREMELY simple layout plan and my pages turned out beautifully! I will share with you that plan in a future post.
Now that I’ve shown you where to find layouts, the next step is how to choose them. My advice? Choose ONE picture for each month. This is just a rule of thumb, obviously, but the more pictures you choose the harder it will be to scrap them. Remember, everything is digital and you can always add those extra pictures to other pages. We are only concerned with making a baby book here. As you can tell from my layouts, I broke my own rule a couple of times, and that’s okay too. You may also have noticed that the pictures I chose depict milestones in my baby’s life. That way, I will always remember that she was six months old when she started sitting up by herself, seven months old when she got her first tooth, etc. So, if whatever milestone you want to highlight needs more than one picture to depict it, then by all means use more than one picture. Or if, like me, you just can’t decide between two (or four) different pictures, then go ahead and use both like I did on Months One, Two and Ten. The one picture rule is only to make life easier for you, not frustrate you..
Once you have your pictures chosen, DO NOT PRINT THEM YET! You will notice on some of my pages I used a 5×7 picture, but on others I used an 8×10 picture cut down to 8×8 or a 7×7 (like in the layout below.) Until you decide on your layouts, you won’t know what size to print your pictures. So, pick your picture, then go hunting for a layout based on the orientation of the picture…is it landscape (wide) or portrait (tall)? Most layouts can be turned 90 to 100 degrees, but if you’ve already added your title and embellishments and you discover that the picture you want for that month is landscape but you already glued down a portrait frame, you’re out of luck!
So, in a nutshell, this is how I tackle a big project like scrapping a 12 page “baby book.” First, I take monthly pictures (or choose pictures based on the date I took them…hopefully close to the monthly “birthday” of your child.) Second, I choose a layout from a book or my Pinterest board based on the orientation of the picture. Third, I print the proper sized picture according to that layout. And finally, I pick papers and embellishments…which I will talk about next week.
I hope this has been helpful. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them for me below. I read EVERY comment and respond as quickly as possible!
If you missed the first part of this series, read Baby’s First Year…Taking the Pictures HERE.
You can read the final part of the series, Baby’s First Year…Picking out Papers and Embellishments HERE.