I thought I would share my process for creating Bunny’s first year baby album. It was important to me to be able to document our daughter’s first year of life. One day it will all seem like a blur, and in fact it already does, but I will have her album to flip through to remind me of everything!
Keep in mind when I put this album together, this was before Project Life Baby Edition came out.
First up is Bunny’s physical album (*Warning: This post is very pic-heavy!):
I kept records of almost everything when I was pregnant, starting with monthly pregnancy letters to an email I sent to Brian with how I wanted to put together the nursery:
Also I saved Brian’s Facebook updates on pregnancy and birth and printed that all out on cardstock:
From details of our birth plan:
To Wishes for Baby to baby showers to maternity photos (taken on a timer in our side yard!):
To photos of her room and a typical meal I ate for the week:
I kept it all pretty detailed! Here is where I just recently added to the album using Project Life products though. I cut Design C in half to slip in the ultrasound photos and used Design A for the rest of the pages along with some cards from Baby for Her cards in the mix.
This page is only partially done as I am waiting for my cousin to send me a few more photos of my mom’s parents:
The next page is the Story of Us. I basically copied the prompts using the extra cards for this album since Nagini will have the same thing (the original prompts) in hers:
I should get a high-five for getting Brian to do some handwritten journaling in here!
I also kept track of nursing schedules:
I used the tall envelope pages to keep lucky red envelopes that Bunny received:
At the end of the album I kept memorabilia from her first birthday party with the big envelope pages:
Finally another tall envelope and then a small envelope page with a couple of special items:
Whew! That is her physical baby album. Now, for the actual tracking of her year, Bunny also has a book that I put together digitally and then had printed with Shutterfly. I used Cosmo Cricket‘s Togetherness digital line (looks like they discontinued it though!).
This captures her month by month development, but I started the book with her birth story.
The next page is her monthly photo. I took a photo each month of her on a quilt I made along with a letter.
The next page features a list of highlights and milestones on the left side and then I sprinkled photos and more detailed journaling using Cathy Zielske’s templates. I used Design Page A for most of the pages and then rearranged a bit in Photoshop.
The rest of the book pretty much follows the same format. Large monthly photo with letter, then month in review with photos and spreads.
I kept detailed notes in different notebooks and places and then wrote a summary of everything in a Word document. When it came time to put the album together, Bunny was about 9 months old, so I had 9 months of photos to wade through and I spent a couple hours each night until I was caught up. Once I was caught up, staying on track was pretty much a breeze.
I am using the Project Life Baby Edition for Nagini’s baby album in a physical kit so that I can keep some memorabilia together with the photos and journaling instead of having two albums like Bunny. I plan on sharing that once we get further along in the project and I get some more photos printed.
If you have made it this far, thanks for reading! This was one of my biggest projects and I am so proud of it.
Hopefully Bunny will treasure this one day as much as I do.