Hello there! Donna here as your host for the blog today and I'm really excited about today's project! I have to warn you though, this post is long! Because I want to share not just what I made, but why I made it and some of the design choices I made before I got started.
When Simple Stories announced they were releasing new mini Sn@p! sets I was excited, but I wasn't sure how practical they would be for me since I don't keep a Life Documented album. But then...
You see, my oldest son has a first year baby album. My second son also has an album of his first year filled with scrapbook pages. And then there is Sam. Truth be told, there aren't nearly as many photos of him as there are, of say, my oldest's first year. Also, most of my photos of him also have one or both of his brothers in them. So, there are very few pages in his first year album. Do you see where I'm going here? I desired to document Sam's first year, but was unsure of how to go about doing it in a way that made sense. The new Baby Boy Sn@p! Set along with the smaller 6x8 album was the perfect solution to my problem. And that is what I'm sharing with you today - Sam's first year baby album.
Now, before I show you my album pages, I wanted to show you the products I decided to use to put my album together. Of course, I used the Baby Boy 4x6 Sn@p! Cards, the 3x4 Sn@p! Cards and the Sn@p! Stickers :
Don't you love it? It is so sweet and cute. The color scheme, the designs and the versatility of the set couldn't be more perfect to me.
While I made this album as a keepsake for our family, I also wanted to show that you could put together a complete album using the Sn@p! sets alone... well, almost. I wanted to keep the album very simple because I wanted to put it together quickly, but I also wanted the album to reflect my own personal scrapbooking style. So I added in some additional papers; in particular from the Sn@p! Color Vibe line:
And a few papers from the Vintage Bliss Simple Basics Kit:
To put it all together, I decided to use the Teal Faux Leather Album:
Finally, before I got started I collected a few embellishments to compliment my album: enamel dots and rhinestones in coordinating colors, binder clips, brads and sequins. Also, since getting my Silhouette almost two years ago it has become a huge part of my design process. I love using it to create my own custom shapes and titles, but again, to keep this project easy, I limited myself to three sheets of cardstock in white, yellow and gray and I also kept the designs very simple and used shapes already in my library.
Here are the first few pages:
You might notice the binder clip in the two images above. If you are having problems with items slipping out of your page protectors these are a fun and practical solution (personally, I have only noticed this problem with pages that are not embellished, and mostly only on the top openings of the 4x6 pocket pages). You can clip your pages from the outside of the pocket page and they will hold them in place while adding a touch of color.
Two photos as we left the hospital and one from when we got home:
Sam did not like changing into his going home outfit!
The watching you grow card below (as well as the welcome card above) will be filled out as soon as I locate all of the doctor's visits papers!
Hanging out with daddy while he does some work from home.
Sam has two cowlicks... and he has the cutest baby toes.
Here I enlarged a photo to 5x7 and created a very simple mini-layout:
My middle son Nathan loves his baby brother. In one of the photos above he is "reading" him a story, and below giving him hugs and kisses.
Another spread with an enlargement. This time I simply matted the 5x7 onto cardstock, then placed it on a background of text pattern paper and slid it into a 6x8 page protector.
Clean and simple - just photos and Sn@p! cards (and one little binder clip):
Well, there it is! Since I limited my product choices ahead of time, and used mainly the Baby Boy Sn@p! set, the album came together very quickly. What actually took the longest was choosing, editing and then organizing the photographs. I am so happy I decided to make this album, and so pleased with the results! Now we have an album to remember our little guy's first year.
As always, I thank you for stopping by the blog! I hope I've inspired you today and shown you that you don't need a lot of products to make a beautiful keepsake for your family and your memories. Check our our SN@P! Sets Pinterest board below for more ideas using our SN@P! Sets. Have a great week!
6x8 Sn@p! Faux Leather Album - Teal #4036
4x6 Sn@p! Sets #4155
3x4 Sn@p! Sets #4156
Sn@p! Stickers #4154
Sn@p! Color Vibe Paper Kit #2825
12x12 Simple Basics Kit #3024
Sn@p! Pages Just the Basics #4016
Multi Pack Pocket Pages #2001