So happy to finally share the first part of Edward’s baby book with you all. As you might know from this post some three months ago, I’d decided to put together my own baby book for Edward because I wanted to have the freedom to decide for myself what I wanted to go into it. Two changes that happened along the way: Firstly, I decided to use a Becky Higgins mini album instead of the kikki.K DIY album, and secondly, I ended up mixing cards from the Seafoam Edition kit with cards from the Baby core kit. This was actually my first time using the physical cards from a Project Life core kit in my memory keeping. It felt right to do it for Edward’s baby book. I wanted to write things by hand, rather than type them up on the computer, and I felt that the design of the cards would effectively give an overall feel of a ‘baby book’. (Please note that I’ve deliberately left the writing slightly blurry, for the sake of maintaining some privacy.)
For the title page, I chose one of the title cards which had space to put Edward’s full name and the name of the person/people who put the book together. (That would be me: “Mum!”) Then I simply picked a 3×4 journaling card for a personal note from me to Edward and a filler card to frame one of his ultrasound photos. For the remaining 3×4 pocket, I printed out one of my favourite photos of Bear from his first couple of weeks. All three cards are from the Baby kit.
I have to admit that in trying to start this baby book, I developed a slight brain freeze which lasted a few days. I just could not work out what I wanted to do and where I wanted to start. It was seriously quite overwhelming staring at all the different card options lying in front of me. In the end, I just started throwing cards I liked into pockets and to be completely honest with you, that’s how I came up with the layout of the title page. It was totally random, but I liked it immediately. So here’s my big tip: Sometimes if you feel stuck when you’re starting out, just choose the cards which you instinctively like and start putting them into pockets and go from there.
For the second page, I wrote a bit about our process of trying to fall pregnant and our joy when we finally discovered that we were! This took up the 6×4 Seafoam journaling card. Then I picked a 3×4 Seafoam journaling card to write about the first people with whom we shared our happy news. I added the ‘You’ filler card from the Baby kit because I liked its design, and I included a ‘selfie’ shot of our family at the time. I used the yellow polka dots filler card from the Baby kit as a background to frame the family shot. For both the ultrasound and the family photo, I simply slipped them into the pockets without any adhesive. I left them both at an angle because I liked the effect of it.
All journaling on the third page. The ‘medical staff’ prompt card is from the Baby kit, and on it, I simply wrote a bit about our obstetrician and how I’d developed gestational diabetes again. On the other 3×4 journaling card, I wrote down Edward’s due date. As for the 6×4 journaling card, I wrote a brief overview of our family as a sort of introduction to the pages that would follow. Both journaling cards are from the Baby kit. The filler card is a Seafoam one.
The fourth page is the first of five pages where I write about each member of the immediate family, including our own parents and siblings. This page has a photo of Rick and myself – one which we took as part of my maternity series. I’m constantly surprised by how ‘fresh’ I look in this photo – the sleepless nights obviously hadn’t kicked in yet. The two 3×4 journaling cards are from the Seafoam kit, and on the top one, I wrote some things about me and I gave the bottom one to Rick for him to jot down some random stuff about himself. (Yes, my favourite food is chicken, and yes, Rick has a beard.) On the 6×4 journaling card (also Seafoam), I wrote a brief summary of how Rick and I got together, when we got married, and when each of Edward’s four brothers were born.
The fifth page continues the story of our family, with photos of Cameron and Angus and a bit about both of them. There was never a question of whether or not I would include a photo of Cameron in this book. I’d written about him in all of the other boys’ baby books and since I was going to include a photo of all the members of our family in Edward’s, of course I had to include one of Cam. I chose one of Rick and myself holding Cameron close to us, not long before we said our final goodbye to him. It is one of my favourite photos, and hopefully, it is a photo that will help the other boys to understand that Cameron was our baby, just like them. On the journaling card next to Cameron’s photo, I wrote a little about when we found out his heartbeat had stopped and the short time that we spent with him. The photo of Angus is of him lying around in our bedroom after quiet time. Both journaling cards are from the Seafoam kit.
The sixth page is about Pete and Jamie. Again, I decided against up-close portrait shots, and chose photos of the two boys just ‘doing their thing.’ I like the negative space in each of the photos, as it gives the layout a bit of ‘breathing room’ which I like. On each of the journaling cards, I included their birthdays and a bit about each of their personalities. This is what I did for Angus’ journaling card as well. Both cards from the Seafoam kit.
The seventh page is about my side of the family: that is, my parents. I chose a group photo that we’d taken at their place which shows them with the three boys. On the 6×4 Seafoam journaling card, I wrote about each of their families and also a bit about their migration to Australia. On each of the 3×4 journaling cards (from the Baby kit), I wrote out their Chinese names, which I felt was important to include as part of the family history.
The eighth page is the last page of this section of the baby book, and it’s about Rick’s side of the family. Again, I went with a photo of his parents with the boys to mirror the one of my parents. I went with a portrait photo, so that I would have more room on a 6×4 journaling card to write about Grandpa and Nan’s family history. The bottom half of the page is about Rick’s sisters. I love that photo of the two of them with Rick, taken at Angus’ birthday party last year. Both journaling cards on this page are from the Seafoam kit.
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As you can see, I used no embellishments in this baby book because a) I wanted to keep it simple, and b) it’s really not my style to use embellishments. In all my memory keeping projects outside of my Project Life albums, a black felt-tip pen has been my main tool and Edward’s baby book is not exception.
I look forward to sharing the second part of Edward’s baby book in the next few weeks, which is all about the pregnancy. If you have any questions, ask away!
To read about my memory keeping framework for each of our children, go here.
What sort of ‘baby books’ have you guys done for your child(ren)?