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Editor’s Note Baby love.

69 Oh Baby! A gallery of big ideas to help you scrapbook your little one today.

13 Baby Photography 101 The {photography} manual your baby should have come with.

90 Bonus Sketches 25 sketches to take the guesswork out of scrapbooking babies and toddlers.

23 Mini Albums to Give & Love Create a stylized gift album ready to be filled with photos and memorabilia. 37 Baby Inspiration Re-create unforgettable moments inspired by your baby’s favorite things. 47 Just Like You Scrapbook the traits and talents your baby or toddler inherited. 59 All in the Family Tell your little one’s story through his or her relationships with loved ones.

93 You Don’t Say Talk about your baby’s language development using these unique ideas. 103 Celebrate Your Toddler’s Exploration Document your toddler’s everyday adventures using fun and messy techniques. 115 Gifts for Mom Create great gifts for mom using your scrapbook supplies. 130 10-Minute Tricks Create a cute Microsoft tag in 10 minutes or less!

Quick-Start Guide A key to easy-reference icons found throughout the issue: FRESH FACE Made by a designer never before published in CK ONLINE CONTENT Downloads and online extras BONUS SKETCHES A sketch of the layout can be found in “Bonus Sketches” and online at

On the Cover

Cutie Pie by Joannie McBride, Photo by Lou Lou Photography Supplies: Ribbon: Hobby Lobby and May Arts; Embroidery floss: DMC; Button: Crate Paper; Fabric: Moda Fabric for BasicGrey; Wood veneer: Harmonie; Adhesive: Therm O Web.

Scrapbooking Babies & Toddlers | CREATING KEEPSAKES



Photo by Candice Stringham Mode: Manual | F-stop: 2.8 | Shutter Speed: 1/100 sec. | ISO: 800

Take the perfect first picture of your new baby in her hospital crib by standing directly above her and zooming in on her sweet face (stand on a chair if needed). Prevent the green tinge hospital lights can cause by taking the picture near a window or setting the white balance on your camera to Fluorescent.

Photo by Suzy Plantamura Mode: Aperture Priority (AV) | F-stop: 3.2 | Shutter Speed: 1/125 sec. | ISO: 1600

Save your favorite patterned blanket for snuggling your baby, and pull out the plain white one for photographing him. A plain background (such as a blanket, comforter, solid colored couch, rug, etc.) combined with a simple outfit or no clothes at all will ensure that your baby, and nothing else, is the star of the photo.



Photo by Grace Tolman Mode: Aperture Priority (AV) | F-stop: 2.8 | Shutter Speed: 1/400 sec. | ISO: 200

Make those gorgeous eyes the focus of your shot by zooming in close. Don’t be afraid to crop off the top of the head once in a while—the breathtaking ultra close-up will more than make up for anything that’s lost. Additionally, zooming in automatically helps your camera blur any background that might be visible around your child’s face.

Photos by Jamie Harper Mode: Manual | F-stop: 4.0 | Shutter Speed: 1/125 sec. | ISO: 540

Anyone who has a toddler knows that sitting still for a picture is the last thing he wants to do, so make it more fun by playing a game like patty-cake or peekaboo. You’ll get your child to stay in one place long enough to snap a picture or two, and a smile on his face to boot!

Scrapbooking Babies & Toddlers | CREATING KEEPSAKES


baby’s first year album Whether your friend or family member is having a boy or a girl, she’ll love having a purse-size album to document her baby’s growth—and show off her little one to friends and family. A simple cardstock and envelope album, like the one Mou Saha created, is just what your friend needs to quickly capture early milestones in her child’s life. With a stunning cover, complete with a darling, cross-stitched accent, this album will become a cherished keepsake for the new mom’s growing family.

Themed cross-stitch samplers are easy to find at your local hobby store.

Welcome Baby mini album by Mou Saha. Supplies: Cardstock: Michaels; Patterned paper: Anna Griffin and Crate Paper; Stickers: Glitz Design, My Little Shoebox, LLC, and October Afternoon; Punches: Martha Stewart Crafts and Marvy Uchida; Stamp: Anna Griffin; Buttons: Fancy Pants Designs; Colored pencil and pen: FaberCastell; Adhesive: 3M; Other: Aida cloth, embroidery floss, envelopes, ink, O-rings, ribbon, and transparency.

Build your album following this quick formula:



Design Tip Once you have your album together, use various embellishments to decorate the cover behind the transparency. 24

Inspiration: Baby blanket Supplies Used to Get the Look: Patterned paper strips

Baby Lily by Jen Jockisch for Studio Calico. Supplies: Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned paper: My Mind’s Eye and Studio Calico; Button, chipboard, frame, and stickers: Studio Calico; Rhinestones: Prima; Punches: EK Success, Fiskars Americas, and We R Memory Keepers; Ribbon: 7gypsies; Baker’s twine: Whisker Graphics; Font: AL Tattered Lace; Other: Adhesive, paint, and staples.

Blanket Inspiration Whether you are scrapbooking about a nap or a favorite blankie, quilts and baby blankets offer colorful inspiration for backgrounds and embellishments. Jen Jockisch layered patterned paper strips to mimic her baby’s blanket pattern without making her layout too bulky. These are some other lightweight scrapbooking supplies you can use to re-create the colors and patterns of your blanket inspiration. •

Yarn: Warm and fuzzy, yarn is a perfect supply for

Fabric: Create a patchwork design on your layout using

fabric or cut out a small corner of the actual blanket to use as a photo frame. •

Thread: Replicate the blanket’s design on your layout

with machine or hand stitching. •

Twine: Use for the ties on a quilt.

Ribbon: Weave ribbon together to re-create a pattern.

imitating blankets. Crochet a miniature version or cover a chipboard title to show the blanket’s texture and color. Scrapbooking Babies & Toddlers | CREATING KEEPSAKES


Scrapbook a Personality

Does your child’s personality remind you of another family member? Create a layout that showcases this trait and shows their similarities. Maggie Holmes journals about how she sees so much of herself in her daughter’s personality. Her layout includes photos of her daughter’s need to care for her doll in a gentle and loving manner, just like a little mommy. Include photos on your layout that support your toddler’s personality.

Mother Hen by Maggie Holmes. Supplies: Cardstock, buttons, flowers, leaves, and pen: American Crafts; Patterned paper: Sassafras and Studio Calico; Stickers: American Crafts, Authentique Paper, BasicGrey, and Studio Calico; Stamp: Making Memories; Ink: Hero Arts; Spray ink: Studio Calico; Brads: Crate Paper and Making Memories; Other: Adhesive.

Scrapbook a Facial Feature

Highlight a specific facial feature you or another family member shares with your baby or toddler. Incorporate photos of each of you at a similar age, for a bigger impact on your layout, like Linda Barber did. Be sure to include journaling that talks about other family members that share that same facial feature. The Nose by Linda Barber. Photo by Caleb Chiu (small photo). Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper; Patterned paper: Jillibean Soup and Lily Bee Design; Punches: EK Success and Fiskars Americas; Embroidery floss: DMC; Font: Saturday Sans; Adhesive: Tombow.


grandparents Is there a funny or special memory of your child and his or her grandparents? Use these mediums to best capture this fun relationship. • Art: Show your child’s handprint next to grandma’s and grandpa’s handprints. • Games: Like Stacy Cohen, journal about and show pictures of favorite activities grandparents and grandchild do together. • Music: For a layout background use song lyrics that a grandparent sings to a grandchild. Monkey See, Monkey Do by Stacy Cohen. Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper; Patterned paper and chipboard: Lily Bee Design; Flowers: Prima; Stickers: BasicGrey; Die-cutting machine and dies: Sizzix; Rhinestones: Darice; Spray ink: Shimmerz; Adhesive: Beacon Adhesives, EK Success, and Tombow; Other: Button, doilies, lace, and pen.

Give grandparents an empty journaling spot, print out an e-mail, or ask for a handwritten note that expresses their love for their new grandchild. Grandparents, like Candy Rosenburg, will love being personally involved in this relationship scrapbook. Ask grandparents to share advice or things they have learned from life. This will be a fun heirloom for your child to read when they are older. Precious by Candy Rosenburg. Supplies: Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned paper: Prima; Chipboard: Basically Bare LLC; Paintbrush: Contemporary Crafts; Die cuts: Studio Calico; Wood veneer: Kaisercraft; Hemp and ribbon: May Arts; Pen: Faber-Castell; Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L; Other: Ink.


Journaling Tip Document your child's activities over a set period of time, such as when grandparents come to visit. Your child will love looking back at this snapshot of his or her life.

A Grand Visit by Shelly Jaquet. Supplies: Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned paper: Advantus, October Afternoon, and Studio Calico; Stickers: American Crafts and Jenni Bowlin Studio; Buttons: Making Memories; Waxed floss: Karen Foster Design; Punches: EK Success, Martha Stewart Crafts, and Stampin’ Up!; Font: JackInput; Adhesive: EK Success; Other: Adhesive, button, and thread.

Supply Tip If you have a gorgeous

piece of patterned paper you want to use on your baby’s layout, but hesitate to cover up the design, try this quick idea: use a craft knife to cut along the edge of the design, then slip your photo into the slit for a fun frame. Problem solved!

Life as an Auntie by Laura McCollough. Supplies: Patterned paper, doily, pin, resin flower, and rhinestones: Webster’s Pages; Stickers: American Crafts and Webster’s Pages; Flowers: Prima; Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L; Other: Pen.

Scrapbooking Babies & Toddlers | CREATING KEEPSAKES


getting artsy

Marker Scribbles Who says toddlers are the only ones allowed to scribble? Re-create your toddler’s creative flair by doing a little of your own scribbling to accent your layout—just be sure to hide the markers from your toddler when you’ve finished!

Kitty by Amy Peterman. Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper; Patterned paper: Jillibean Soup and My Little Shoebox, LLC; Rub-ons: Making Memories; Stickers: Karen Foster Design; Decorative-edge scissors: Fiskars Americas; Markers: American Crafts and Tombow; Adhesive: Tombow; Other: Canned air.

How To Create a Scribbled Title

1 Cut title from background paper. 106

2 Scribble on cardstock scrap, sized to fit behind title.

3 Adhere scribbled cardstock to layout behind title.

Love You to the Moon and Back by Amy Mallory. Digital Supplies: Software: Adobe; Cardstock, patterned paper, and frame: Lynn Grieveson; Ink, journaling spot, and stitching: Katie Pertiet; Stickers: Maplebrook Studios; Brad: Pattie Knox; Rub-ons: Andrea Victoria; Ink and stamps: Ali Edwards and Katie Pertiet; Fonts: Katie’s Hi Ho Font and LB Shindig.

Recall the special phrases you use with your child to express your love. It may be something you and your child say to each other first thing in the morning or last thing at night, or maybe it’s a few simple words you say throughout

the day. If your special phrase is a quote or a line from a favorite story, show an item that represents this phrase on your layout, like the photos Amy Mallory included of a vinyl wall art quotation.

Scrapbooking Babies & Toddlers | CREATING KEEPSAKES


10-Minute Tricks

This adorable page, designed by Deena Boese, uses minimal supplies and has a great 10-minute trick for sharing your baby’s memories with others. The layout includes a Microsoft tag in the design, created in just 10 minutes, that allows others to view a slideshow of the first year of Deena’s daughter’s life. Try this technique

on a layout about your baby or toddler. When scanned with a mobile smart phone, the tag will take you or loved ones directly to a website set up to share photos and videos with family and friends. Creating a Microsoft tag is quick, easy, and free!

Year One Complete by Deena Boese. Digital Supplies: Software: Adobe and Microsoft; Patterned paper, brush, and stamp: Hero Arts; Fonts: Avant Garde, Carpenter, and Suede.

Design Tip Add repetition by copying portions of the tag accent to use as a border below your photo to help tie the design all together.


Scan the visual code or visit to view Deena’s slideshow, and learn how you can create and use a Microsoft tag as a design element on your layout.

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