Digital Project Life : Baby Edition for Her

 

For those of you who follow me on Facebook, you know that the UPS man made a delivery to my house yesterday that made me quite excited–he delivered the Project Life Baby Edition for Her! I have decided to finally tackle Holly’s baby album, and in seconds I had ripped open the box (seriously if you saw me you would have sworn it was Christmas or there was chocolate in there) and was immediately blown away by how beautiful the kit is in person. Remember, I rarely see this stuff in the flesh being digital and all, so it made it that much sweeter to see it, touch it, and spread it out all over the counter.

But honestly…I was also bit nervous. I hadn’t paper scrapped since early 2007, and even then my experience is spotty. I am sure I have at least a half dozen unfinished paper layouts in drawers somewhere! Following through isn’t really my strong suit, and I started to wonder if I had taken on too much.

Luckily I had a scrapbooking date scheduled with a friend last night, so I was sure I could get at least a little bit started. Turns out the product is so darn awesome I got much farther than that! (But didn’t we all know that already!?)

In a couple of hours I categorized and placed as many of the cards as I could, and to get a handle on the images part I have started putting post it notes where I see photos slipping in. I am sure many people before me have figured this out, but I was very excited to have thought up what I think will be an efficient system once I get the stack of photos back. Here is my plan:

1. Choose the photos on my hard drive that I want to print, rename them all with a number. (For example holly_1)
2. Write that number on a post-it and stick the post-it on the page protector pocket I want the photo in.
3. Most photo printers print the file name on the back of the photo, so my plan is to match the photo number up with the number on the post-it.

WA-LA!

I do need to find good journaling pens however. I tend to like a more medium versus fine point–if anyone has suggestions I would love to hear them. I truly think that once I get the photos back from Persnickety Prints, and have my journaling pen ready, this will come together in a night or two. Thankfully I kept a personal blog from 2006-present so I have all of the stories and milestones ready to go!!!

I couldn’t be more excited! Would love to hear if any of you have completed or started a baby album and what tips or tricks you have to share. I am also super excited to share this, as my album will be very simple–I really will be slipping in photos and the cards and calling it done. I may use a brush or two on a photo…but that’s it. My hope is that it will inspire someone that may be a bit intimidated by the task!

Have a great Wednesday!

 

 

 

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  • Jennifer - I just ordered my Baby for Her Edition and I CAN’T WAIT TO GET IT! My niece was born in November and I’m going to do this album for her and give it to her at Christmas. It will be a completed album for her 1st year. I’m so glad to hear that it’s beautiful!ReplyCancel

    • admin - I totally recommend placing the cards in order for her. I was a little overwhelmed by the volume of them, and reading all of them, that it took a lot for me to sit there and totally go through them and put them in categories and then slip them in. In my mind there is no way a new mom has that kind of time and patience for that sort of thing! I said more than once last night that if I ever give this as a gift it is totally getting put together for the mom!!!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie - Awesome! Can’t wait to see this come together for you! I also bought the kit (boy and girl) and have not yet wrapped my brain around how to start. But I love that you are going “no fuss” and simple because I too need that encouragement.ReplyCancel

    • admin - Hi Debbie! Can’t wait to hear how it goes. I was just replying to another gal that commented–the easiest thing to do is set up a couple of card tables and spread everything out. Then you can create little piles of cards that are pregnancy related, getting ready related, the labor, the monthly stats…etc…I am not going to lie, it was a bit overwhelming, but if you have good music on and a bowl of ice cream it isn’t too bad. Or maybe that’s just me. Ice cream makes everything better!!!!ReplyCancel

  • libbywilko - Can’t wait to see how it all turns out!ReplyCancel

  • Sheena - I’ve had my kit for weeks for baby girl number two that is due in 4 wks! I’ve got to get it put together. Thanks for the motivation. I may stay up all night and tackle it now. Haha! I plan to keep it simple. I just bought a few brush sets from Ali Edwards to put on my photos and will print them monthly and slip them in. I like ur post idea. Please share your pages. U have such good inspiration. Which I need a lot of. Having a toddler and being pregnant my brain is not with me. :)ReplyCancel

  • sheena - So I did stay up the other night till 3am! ha! But I am stuck on documenting the great grandparents pic….how do you plan to do the 4×6 grid? I am new to PSE10. I would like to take a instagram of the four sets and put all four on a 4×6. Is that how you plan to do it?ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - Just starting my project life baby girl album…my daughter is already 15.5 moths old…so trying to catch up ;) just curious…how did everyone do their time capsule pages? I have no idea what to put in the 4×6 spots for those…does anyone have any good ideas? I’d like to include the time capsule cards cause I think they’re kinda neat.ReplyCancel

    • admin - Hi Kristin! Good for you that you are starting on your baby book already–my daughter is five so there is soooo much I have forgotten. What I did for her Time Capsule pages (I did a two page spread) is use google. I googled everything–from the phrase “cost of living in 2007,” to “Top 100 books of 2007.” It is amazing what you can find online! To fill up the big 4×6 slots I again relied on the internet to help me out. I pulled some photos off of there (after making sure the resolution would be good enough) to showcase some local big news events and I also put a photo in of our house and of the neighborhood we lived in. Hope that helps!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - Great ideas! Thanks so much for replying :) I had my mom buy a newspaper the day she was born so maybe I could cut the front page up and fold it up…instead of keeping the entire newspaper and then google some other things. The only sad part is she was born the day after they had a Salon shooting in our area so that’s the top headline :( can’t wait to see some of your ideas…I’ve only got pages done up till we leave the hospital so I have a lot to do!!ReplyCancel

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