There are a variety of different approaches to scrapbooking your baby’s album.
With traditional, Project Life (or pocket pages), and digital scrapbooking, you can stick with one method or mix all of them into your album if you wish.
I’ll walk you through each one briefly.
Traditional Scrapbook Album
A traditional scrapbook album includes photos, page protectors, and cardstock. You can get as simple as sticking photographs onto the cardstock, and writing notes with a pen, or you embellish your pages to your heart’s content with stickers, patterned paper, stamps, and other ephemera.
Project Life or Pocket Page Scrapbook Album
A scrapbook album that includes pocketed page protectors. They’re like photo albums with little pockets that you can fit journaling, mini-scrapbook layouts, photographs, and other pieces into little sections. You can keep it simple with a kit, or you can create your own journaling and filler cards.
Digital Scrapbook Album
If you have access to digital editing software, and an internet connection, you can create your own pages on your computer, tablet, or phone, and then send it off to be printed. You can have a book printed, or you can print one layout at a time and slip them into page protectors.
You can also a do a mix of all three if you wanted to. You could create a digital layout and then add ephemera onto it once it was printed like this example. Each little pocket in a Project Life page protector can be filled with stamps and lettered stickers while another part of the page might have typed journaling.
Keep in mind that just because you choose one approach doesn’t mean that you will be locked in that for the duration of the album! You can let your style evolve, or you can stick to one format because it’s what works for you.
For my first child’s album, I started with a traditional scrapbook album. It evolved into a digital Project Life style album that I later had printed into a book. For my second child, I kept a mix of Project Life, digital and traditional scrapbooking all into one album.
(This post is from my 31 days to a baby album series. For more information, head over here.)