Digital scrapbook documenting baby's first year - with weekly photos and text. Products are Bella Blvd Baby Boy Digital Collection

Hudson’s First Year in Weekly Pictures Album

I am so excited to share this project with you. This has been on my to-do list for so long and once I finally got started, I finished it in three weeks! I don’t think I have ever finished a photo related project that quickly before.

A friend of mine, Jackie, who blogs over at The Howard Bunch shared the idea of taking weekly photos of your kids their first year. I fell in love with the idea because a lot happens each week and babies change so quickly. I took the weekly photos and kept notes on my phone, then posted each weekly update to my personal blog. I had always planned to get one of those blog books printed, but just never did it. I finally looked into it last month and was underwhelmed by the options and difficulty of getting just the specific posts I wanted into a book (not to mention the hassle of importing my blog because it is private). I then turned to Shutterfly, which I normally love, but again it just didn’t feel right for this project and after making a few pages I realized it was going to take me forever to create and cost me a fortune to purchase. I also considered traditional scrapbooking since I had already printed the pictures for Hudson’s 1st birthday, but because I had so much text to go with each picture I knew formatting and printing it for each layout would be a long process. So, I decided to try digital scrapbooking. I have never made digital scrapbooks before, so I purchased a kit from my favorite scrapbooking company, Bella Blvd, and for my first page I figured I would duplicate a page made by Megan Klauer just to get a feel for how it works.

Digital scrapbook page originally designed by Megan Klauer and re-created by the Creative Copycat - using products from the Bella Blvd Baby Boy Digital Collection

I was blown away by how easy it was and how quick too. So with that, I was off. I kept my pages simple as I didn’t want to spend a lot of time on this project and I knew the previous options I had looked at had been very basic and I am so happy with how it turned out. Plus it was so fun to re-read my notes about Hudson throughout his first year – so many fun milestones, funny moments and challenges that I had already forgotten. I was also cracking up because their was a lot of text! I am not really a journalist (i.e. I despise it when I scrapbook and have layouts from years ago with the journaling spots still blank), but this was totally that first time mommy – I want to remember every little detail- thing and it makes me smile to remember being in that stage. I realize now that I have kids how important telling the story is in addition to the pictures and I really hope that Hudson will love reading all about his first year when he grows up.

Digital scrapbook documenting baby's first year - with weekly photos and text. Products are Bella Blvd Baby Boy Digital Collection

Here is some of the info if you would like to make an album like this of your own.

-I just took notes in my phone as soon  as possible after things happened – then combined the notes into weekly blurbs when I had the time.

-I used the polaroid frame and text in the free version of Ribbet to format my photos.

-I used Panstoria Artisan 4 to make my pages (If you are a digital scrapper, I’d love to hear what program you use)

-I plan to order my 12×12 prints from Persnickety Prints

If you have any other questions, please let me know. 🙂

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