Scrapbooking is the latest craze, especially among moms. Pull up to a scrapbook specialty store like Archiver's on any Friday night, and the parking lot is loaded with minivans. Late night soccer game? No. But you will find 50 or so moms busily working on their family's scrapbook pages, enjoying some adult time, and chatting about their beautiful children.
Kids grow up fast and babies change so much their first year. Knowing which precious poses you should capture will be a great asset to you when constructing your baby's first scrapbook.
Here are 25 precious poses you must take that first year, and scrapping tips from moms who have been making scrapbooks for years.
Tip number 1: Pregnancy pages
Start from the beginning and show baby what life was like before she was born. You can begin with a picture of you holding the positive pregnancy test. Kristi West, a Raleigh, North Carolina mother of two suggests that you also include shots of mom's belly growing each month and ultrasound pictures.
Scrapping idea: Write a letter to baby about how you are feeling, what life is like at the time, and your dreams for her.
Tip number 2: The nursery
You and your spouse worked so hard preparing the perfect nursery. Take several shots from different angles to someday show your little guy his first room.
Scrapping idea: Save pieces of fabric from the crib bedding and a paint sample card to dress up the page.
Tip number 3: Family tree
Introduce your baby to the family with a family tree page.
Scrapping idea: Nora Parkman, a Plainfield, Illinois mother of two says, "I cut out a tree from brown paper then used leaf stencils. I cut all the pictures into leaf shapes and decorated with more paper leaves."
Tip number 4: First day
Take plenty of photos of baby's first day in the world. Get shots of you and your spouse with the baby, the doctors and nurses, and all of the baby's visitors.
Scrapping idea: Kristin Bratsch from Bountiful, Utah, said that she made a page with her daughter in the hospital bassinet and put the actual ID bracelets that she, her husband and the baby had to wear on the page with sticky glue dots.
Tip number 5: Welcome home
Take shots of your baby's homecoming and first week at home. Try to get a shot of the baby first being carried into the house and any guests waiting there to greet him.
Scrapping idea: Make a border across the top of the page with small pictures of all the flowers, stuffed animals, etc. that guests sent or brought to your baby.