As you know, I am not a “scrapper.” I enjoy making digital scrapbooks: almost all of the fun, but cheaper and neater. BUT, the one drawback to digital scrapping is that you can’t put actual “artifacts” into the books like you can with a traditional scrapbook, and pregnancy and babyhood are full of priceless artifacts.
I decided to venture into the world of actual, pens-and-paper scrapbooking. But I wanted to actually make this book, not just have pieces of it in a box in my craft closet. So I chose to go simple. I bought a spiral-bound notebook with blank pages and a pack of colored pens. I stick pictures and souvenirs into the pages and hand-write the captions. When I’m feeling artsy, I experiment with “fancy” lettering or hand-drawn borders. Is it a work of art? No. Is it heart-felt and personal? Yes. And even better, it’s COMPLETELY current. The first half of the book is my pregnancy journal, and the second is/will a record of Abby’s first year.
I would like to share some of my favorite pages with you. Those of you who are scrapbooking purists can laugh and feel great about your own beautiful books. Those of you who are less scrappy can be inspired that you, too, can do this.
(Speaks for itself)
Now I do one or two pages per month. I started ordering wallet-sized prints so that I can fit more photos on each page. I caption the pictures and also tell any milestones or funny stories from each month. The pages are very crowded, but they’re full of details I want to remember.