I have undertaken a huge, huge project. I am going to make (6) First Year baby books. Three girl and three boy versions. They will each have 20 pages and will be set up so the new mother only needs to insert the pictures on the pages and fill out the journaling tags as they want. I made one girl book last year and decided if I ever did it again, I would make several at one time in both girl and boy versions for future great-nieces, nephews and eventually grandchildren. What you see today is the first page of the books. This is an example of my latest "how-to" and is what is considered hybrid scrapbooking. I actually saw this layout in an English scrapbooking magazine called Scrapbook Magazine. It is a layout by Ann Freeman and as soon as I saw it I knew it had to be Page 1 of my book. I downloaded a Digital Baby kit called Baby Girl and Baby Boy by Lindsay Jane. It included lots of 12 x 12 paper and some embellishments that all coordinate well with PTI Aqua Mist, Hibiscus Burst and Spring Rain and some tan Bazzill papers I already have. I also bought some Heidi Grace Baby Girl and Boy papers to use for some of the other pages later on. What I loved about this layout was the script paper behind the photo. I didn't have anything like that so I googled "baby poems" and chose one and retyped it in Word and colored a pink and blue version. The Blue and Pink backgrounds are the digital paper. The Hello Sweet Baby in Aqua Mist and Brown are brushes by Ali Edwards. I am so proud of myself for finding out how to use them and am excited you can change the color to match your layouts. So here's what is what:
Background solid papers are digital papers with sentiment printed on it.
PTI stamp Background Basic Hearts stamped around edges.
Pink background paper is distressed and stitched. The baby poem is printed and distressed and also stitched around the edges. The tag is stamped with the hearts and dotted with white gel pen. The "doo-dads" are stamped with punches and embellished with clear stamps and PTI buttons in aqua mist, sweet blush, spring rain and dark chocolate. The Fleur de lis border is a 12" Spellbinder border die dotted with PTI fresh snow hearts. A mat for a 4 x 6 picture slides under the tag and doo-dads. Some PTI buttons finish it off. I absolutely love it and can't wait to share some of the other pages with you soon. Wish me luck on my big project.