Scrapbooking and I have had a bit of rocky relationship these past few months.
I think it was inevitable. Anytime you turn a passion into a profession, there’s bound to be a bit of burnout eventually. While I didn’t mind making projects as a job, I had no interest in creating anything for myself “off the clock.” There were so many other ways I wanted to channel my creative interests, and none of which had anything to do with paper + glue. But recently, I’ve been drawn back in. Chalk it up to newfound energy, chalk it up to a new phase of life, I have no clue. All I know is, I spent a good portion of the afternoon on Wednesday working on a baby album. And it felt good.
I’m using BasicGrey’s Capture Imagination album because it’s the perfect size to keep me interested and it has the perfect color spine to fit in nicely on my bookshelf. I added a chalkboard wood tag to the cover and spelled out “BABY” using micro monogram stickers. I also put a tag on the spine where I will eventually spell out the baby’s name (exciting!).
For the first page, I wanted to do something simple yet meaningful. I used one of my favorite papers from BG’s new Highline collection and embellished it with a bit of aqua washi tape, number stamps, and a Capture label sticker with a single line of journaling.
On the left page, I used my favorite yellow paper from Highline, in addition to a bunch of other little details, including chipboard shapes, a wood ampersand from my Cocoa Daisy kit remnants, and as always, aqua washi tape. This is also where I decided that this book would be about John’s and my perspectives and not so much a conversation to the baby. Once we meet the baby, I’m sure we will have plenty to tell him/her directly.
On the right page, I used one of the double 4 x 6″ page protectors to house my journaling on a sheet of new Capture paper and a silly photo of John and me from Thanksgiving. I was also able to sneak in my “I Love You” stamp on the chipboard frame (why do I always forget to use my own designs?), which makes me all kinds of happy. As usual, I like to break up the grid whenever possible, so I adhered the frame directly atop the page protector. Asymmetry for the win!
On the left page, I included two photos of my recent baby thrift finds and a little blurb about how my thrifting focus has shifted a bit recently.
On the right page, I used one of the pages that came included in the album to showcase my first ultrasound photo. It’s crazy to see how much the baby grew from a “blob” to a “baby” in just a matter of three weeks, based on the 9 week photo and the 12 week photo. SCIENCE IS AWESOME. I also used my new “Oh Happy Day” stamp to commemorate the fun little photo.
I’m so excited to add to this book as the weeks roll on!