Friday, 18 May 2012

Baby Album

Traditions - what do they mean to you?  For me it is maintaining from one generation to another an activity or an action.  One long continuous thread so to say.  One of the traditions I started with my nieces and nephews is a baby album for their beautiful children, and their first Toronto Maple Leaf hockey jersey for  their first Christmas.  (not always well received!)  A young lady at my office is expecting her first baby in July.  She is only a few years older than my oldest (yikes) so of course I would treat her as family and continue on the tradition.  This is the baby album I created for her beautiful baby girl.  I can't wait to see the photos on the pages.

I used a retired paper package called Topstitch which was one of my favourites and still in my stash.  The chocolate cardstock is dry embossed and sanded to show the embossed lines.  I used the retired stamp set Stitched Alphabet to create the letters - stamp, punch and baby pink floss to embroider.  Baby pink embellishments, colonial white ribbon, eyelet edge punch and some chocolate flowers with pink button centres finish off the page.

 Baby love - is there anything better.  The letters are from Topstitch my stickease and backed onto baby pink cardstock.  The cute little babies are popped off the page with foam tape and are from a retired stamp set Flower Child   It is still one of my favourites, and reminds me of Anne Geddes .  I used the stickease for the ribbon scalloped border and stamped "tiny fingers tiny toes heaven sent" with one of my alphabet stamp set.  


 I love the little verse that is part of the "A Garden" stamp set.
 "There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again." 
Doesn't this just describe the innocence of babies. 
All photo mats and each page are edge distressed with chocolate ink to add some dimension and continue with the distressed look of the paper.  

The stickease was backed and then popped off the page with foam tape.  Pink brads, bling and chocolate ribbon continue on these pages.   On the page above I added some soft suede pinwheels with a baby pink brad centre.  These were also from my stash of retired product.   
 I love how this page and the one above came together.  I liked using the stickease embellishments and then adding some pink bling, brads, ribbon, all the girly things to take them over the top.    
 Banners are really hot in scrapbooking right now so I was able to use my Art Philosphy cartridge to cut out the banner, attach to the Banners dimensional element chipboard and string together with ribbon.  The letters were also cut with Art Philosopy.  

 Flowers and buttons and ribbon - what could be more girly - all in a cluster it makes a great embellishment - topped with a ribbon bow of chocolate grosgrain. 
The final page in the book is of course for Mommy, Daddy & Me!!  Baby girl is so lucky to have such wonderful parents!!!

I hope the book has enough pink in it for Daddy!!

These albums really are a labour of love and I love being able to pass on my traditions to another new family.  Julie & Jim I wish you all the best with your baby girl and can't wait to finally meet her!!!

Happy crafting everyone and I hope you start your own Paper Traditions.





  1. Beautiful!! wish I had ideas like this for my baby albums. great Job!

  2. You did a great job with this album! What a lucky set of parents to receive such a beautiful album to put treasured pictures of their first child!

  3. Thank you so much ladies. Eva - thank goodness for our How To books and the Idea Books.

  4. Very cute pages :)


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I am a wife, proud mom of 2, mother-in-law, Close to My Heart Consultant, and amateur photographer. I love paper crafting whether it is scrapbooking, cards, or 3-D items, and enjoy enabling - uh I mean teaching, others.