You guys. Look what I got to play with! Project Life, The Baby Edition.
I was thrilled when Becky Higgins asked me to create some page examples for one of her exciting new baby kits. In my favorite color palette too–the neutral awesomeness that designer Lili Niclass created. Now in stock on Amazon! There's also For Him and For Her editions as well; you can check out Becky's introductory post about the kits here for all the details.
Now, those of you who are familiar with my regular Project Life album, you know that I'm a big fan of adding text on photos, stapling and embellishing things here and there. Becky asked me to keep this simple, using only the kit. We want everyone to understand that the beauty of Project Life products is your albums can be as easy as inserting photos into pockets and jotting down some memories on the cards. A simple project for some or a creative outlet for others.
Without further ado, here's the start to my new baby album. I'm in love! Keep reading for my notes on the process...(Click images to enlarge.)
Can we just get something out of the way here? Yes, I just shared a photo of myself on an operating table in a hospital hat and no makeup for all to see. Eek.
The other major bonus to this opportunity was finally getting memories of my babies together all in one place. Win, win! My girls are three and a half now and I'm not going to lie, I got really weepy reminiscing over the teeny tiny toes and gummy smiles. Even the not-so-fun times of two infants screaming at the top of their lungs in unison got a wistful sigh.
I can't urge you enough to: A) do this yourself, no matter how old your kids are; and B) approach this as an enjoyable, happy walk down memory lane and not a stressful, to-do-list project. These are some of the sweetest, most precious moments of your life–embrace it all. Do a little prep work and plan a time you can sit, put on some music or a favorite movie, and enjoy the process.
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
PHOTOS. I went through the first few months of our baby photos and edited them down to highlights. I could fill ten pages of my babies lying in their crib for the first time, but I wanted to tell a story with specific moments. You can do whatever you want. Once I picked the images I wanted to use, I ordered prints to fit the 4x6 and 3x4 sizes. (Persnickity Prints accommodates these standard Project Life sizes AND cuts the rounded corners for you.)
EXPLORE THE KIT. Becky has included so many different options for the journaling cards–all of the designs are double-sided! I went through the entire kit, card by card, to get a good lay of the land. This was crazy fun for me, the designs are ADORABLE. (I could have used the elephant print in every spot, I love it so much.) I grouped together cards that were complementary (Pregnancy, Birth, Month 1, Month 2) and organized them in envelopes. That made finding cards easy when I sat down to assemble the album. In addition to the neutral core kit, I also made good use of the coordinating 12x12 Designer Paper pack, which should be in stock soon.
ALBUM ASSEMBLY. OK. I had my pile of photos, the journaling cards, a favorite pen and Design A pocket pages. Insert memories and done! (I'm using a We R Memory Keepers Classic 12x12 album in buttercup for my pages.)
Be sure to check in over on Becky's blog for more details and inspiration.