Welcome to another installment of Holly’s baby album. (If you missed my first post regarding her book, check out the first eleven pages before diving into this post. It’s very photo heavy!!)
When I first began putting this together I often became quite confused when categorizing what photo went with what month. My iphoto library had all of my photos labelled by how many weeks old Holly was…and it didn’t take long to get quite the headache as I tried to keep track of which week fell into which “month old” section. I finally threw in the towel and decided that since Holly’s birthday was practically on the 1st of the month (she was born October 2nd) that October 2007 = month one, November 2008 = month two…etc. It made everything soooo much easier!
Month three was her first Christmas:
It was also the first month I began making enlargements. You’ll notice as you go through these pages that I keep it extremely simple and stick to just photos and journaling cards. Save the two examples you see in the picture above, there are virtually no digital embellishments or brushes to speak of throughout this entire album. Truthfully, it’s just too overwhelming for me to go that deep into the design of the layouts as I am trying to “catch up” so to speak and get a book from the past complete.
For the most part each month is made up of four pages. One side of a Design A page protector serves as a title page on the left denoting the month of her age, followed by either a Design A or Design B page protector. (I used to shoot images vertically a lot more!) The month finishes up with another Design A page protector, which is the end page for one month on one side, and the title page for the next month on the other. Is that clear as mud?!
I love the impact of the 8×10 photo! I have been putting them in the album every so often–always highlighting a favorite photo. The back of this particular insert highlights Holly’s first Christmas, so I made the facing Design A page a collage of only Christmas photos and memories:
In my hurry to photograph these all on Sunday night (the sun was setting and I was literally out on the deck in my pajamas!), I somehow missed the title page of Month 4. I will be sure to update that soon! Here is the rest of Month 4:
Month Five. The first month I introduced a Design B page protector:
And added in another 8×10 insert:
Month Six I substituted a Design G protector for an A or B because I had so many Easter photos and not much else. Boy oh boy was I an “event” picture taker and not an everyday one!:
Month Seven I had two special inserts–a 6×12 insert and another 8×10 enlargement. The 6×12 insert houses a letter to Holly I wrote in January of 2008. I don’t believe I had them printed up on my initial posting of her baby album, but there are two other letters (both in the same 6×12 page protector) placed in month 2. I wish I had kept it up monthly, which was my original intention, but I only made it to three letters. Oh well. At least I have those!
Month Eight contained a special Design G insert about Holly’s first swimming lesson:
I have photos placed into Month Nine already, but the journaling cards were not filled out so I will save that month for my next post. I hope to be finishing this up sometime this summer–would love to hear what you think so far!