Baby scrapbook layouts are some of the most enjoyable pages to create, thanks to the abundance of baby-themed embellishment options. No matter what your scrapbooking skill level, there are lots of cute ways to showcase all your favorite pictures of your newest bundle of joy!
Memorabilia can be a cute way to decorate your baby's scrapbook pages while preserving special keepsakes for the future. Some ideas to consider:
- Fabric from baby's hospital gown or a special baby blanket
- Hospital bracelets for mother and baby
- Images from cards you've received congratulating you on baby's arrival
- Pictures drawn by an older sibling in honor of baby's arrival
- A clean newborn size diaper, especially if your baby was a preemie
- Tiny baby socks
If you use memorabilia on your baby scrapbook, please keep in mind that items not intended for scrapbooking could potentially damage your photos over time. Always keep backup copies of your pictures in a secure location as a precautionary measure.
Jolee's Boutique stickers look like handmade 3D embellishments, which makes them an ideal choice for scrapbookers who want to add detail to their pages without spending a lot of time creating accents from scratch. The baby line from Jolee's Boutique includes pinwheel, sock, stroller, baby animal, safety pin, and rubber ducky stickers.
If you'd prefer flat scrapbook stickers, Hobby Lobby offers a wide selection of baby designs at very affordable prices. Many of their stickers match popular nursery themes, such as jungle animals, farm animals, or rubber duckies.
Rubber stamps are an economical choice for your baby scrapbook layouts, since you can create an unlimited number of looks with the same general stamp designs. You can add a raised look to your stamped images with embossing powder or stamp in watermark ink for a fun tone-on-tone effect. Baby toys, such as rattles, blocks, balls, and dolls, are cute accents that can be incorporated in several different types of layouts. Quotes or phrases, such as "Sweet & Snuggly" or "Cute & Cuddly" are also handy to have for your baby scrapbooking projects. Addicted to Rubber Stamping has a large selection of baby themed stamps from popular manufacturers such as Hero Arts, Hampton Arts, and Stampendous.
A die cutting machine is a big investment, but these machines make it easy to create cute embellishments for your scrapbook layouts. Cricut's Baby Steps cartridge has page titles as well as bibs, bottles, rattles, and other baby-themed graphics.
The Sizzix Eclips Baby Milestones cartridge has titles and designs for baby's first tooth, first step, first word, and more.
Patterned paper can be used to mat photos or create borders for your layouts. Soft floral patterns work well for baby girls. Blue cloud designs look cute on a baby boy's layout. Alphabet block or animal papers work well for both genders. Scrapbook.com has a large selection of baby scrapbooking paper, including boy, girl, and gender neutral designs. You can also try free baby book printables that can be used as the main focus of your layout.
Digital Scrapbook Kits
Even if you're not a digital scrapbooker, digital scrapbook kits can be an inexpensive source of coordinating clip art and papers for your pages. Etsy has many lovely baby-themed kits. Two by Two from JssScrapBoutique has an adorable Noah's Ark theme that would be an excellent way to create a themed baby album. If the vintage look is more your style, the soft colors in the baby kit from DigiScrapDelights are perfect for both boy and girl pages.
Taking Time to Reflect
If you're a new mom, the thought of making a baby scrapbook while juggling the responsibility of caring for a newborn can seem overwhelming. Try to remember that scrapbooking is a time to reflect on all of the special moments from your baby's first year, and not a chore to stress over. Even if you aren't able to include every single photo you take, every page that you complete is a keepsake your child will treasure for years to come.