Today may be the first time you’re hearing this guest poster’s words but you’re already familiar with her beautiful work. Elizabeth’s handmade creations have been featured on my blog for years now, always in the Handmade with Love series, as this woman is as thoughtful and crafty as they come. Her creative talents are endless, her heart is huge and I’m happy to call her a friend! Check out the adorable gift she made yet another lucky recipient!
Hello SOTD Readers! Elizabeth here with today’s post … a fast and fun baby album … which seems only appropriate given that I’m guest posting for the reason of a new baby’s arrival. : )
I created this “First Year” album for the grandbaby of a dear friend of mine. It’s designed so that his mom can quickly add a monthly photo or two and some journaling highlights of the month’s accomplishments.
Ease of completion is crucial … since we all know that new moms have to get everything done one-handed and under the effects of extreme sleep-deprivation.
Speaking of completion ease … that’s also my mantra for making albums of this type. I like to formulate … well … a formula … so that I can put the pages together in an assembly line-like fashion.
For this album, both the title and ending pages follow a similar design structure and all the filler pages have a similar set-up as well. You’ll notice the repeating elements of matted squares, stars embellished with buttons, large numbers and month labels.
My inspiration for the color scheme and pattern paper choices came from the package of large number and label die cuts I found at my local crafts store.
I really like the spin on the traditional baby boy color combination … that lime green, teal and lemon yellow are fresh and yummy … just like new babies. : )
Not pictured are the filler pages that face the numbered month pages. They are made of simple pattern paper blocks and two mats for photo and journaling.
The last element I’ll call your attention to is the machine stitching. I. Love. Machine. Stitching. Can’t use it enough … it adds texture without bulk and lessens the need for adhesive.
Plus … I just adore how it finishes off the edges with a crisp border. Yep. It’s love. Truly. Madly. Deeply.
Well thanks SOTD readers for letting me share this quick baby album with you. I hope you find an element or two to use on your next album project. Happy creating!