February 25, 2010

Behind the Scenes - a baby book

I have quite a few friends that are pregnant or have just had their babies. My friend had little Jada in November, and when I saw the colors of the last kit, I knew I had to make a baby girl book.

When I make a mini book I think of a few things:

  • What is the subject matter?
  • Who is the book for? A scrapbooker, a non-scrapper, a grandma, a new mom?
  • How much handling is the book going to get?
As I considered these questions. I decided to go with an easy to handle, easy to clean and easy to travel with 4x6 photo book. These type of books are very quick for a new mom to "fill," and they are also pretty rough and tumble. I love using these traditional books in a new way by filling some of the pages with photos and some with scrapbook pages.

On the opening page I included the vital statistics of Jada as a newborn. There is also room for a newborn photo of her.

In the following pages I followed a simple pattern that was easy to duplicate and relatively flat, I also left room with the awesome SC stamp for Jada's mom to fill in some of the things that happened during that month.

At the back of the brag book there is plenty of room for extra photos that the family might want to include and carry around with them.

Let me know if you try one of these quick and easy brag books for anyone in your life. I'd love to see them.

This would be a perfect purse accessory for a new mom, or a doting auntie, or especially a gramma who wants to show off all those wonderful grandkids!


Michelle LaPoint Rydell said...

Fantastic idea - I love it! It's adorable, and it would be fairly simple to make! Thanks!

Michelle*G said...

This is a great idea! Thank you for the inspiration!

debbieback said...

really cute book. i'm sure they'll LOVE this !~

Erin said...

I've been trying to figure out what kind of little album to make my non-scrapbooker friend for her new baby boy---this is perfect! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

scrapcat said...

i love it Joy! hmmmm I think I have one of those 4x6 albums hanging around....it would be a great gift for the grandmas too!

Mami Doodles said...

Beautiful and thoughtful idea. I love it and Jada's parents will be thrilled!

Zorina said...

So cool! Thanks form sharing, Joy.

Christi said...

I've been making these type of photo album/brag books for years. Perfect for non-scrappers and so easy to assemble. Plus the albums are $1 at the craft store!