A couple weeks ago, I posted about doing Monthly Digital Cards for my babies. Even though digital is now my preferred method of scrapbooking, I still have a couple things I like in my traditional albums.
One of those is the “Grow with Me” album. A consultant friend of mine introduced this idea to me very early on in my consulting days. I didn’t have any children at the time, but I loved the idea so much that I knew I wanted to do it when we did have children.
It’s a quick and simple project you can do in a matter of minutes each month or year. Or however often you choose to update your album.
First, create a super cute title page!
I love how this one turned out with all the different stickers that span a child’s life.
Next, start taking a TON of pictures!! You’ll need a good 8×10 each month for their first year and then you can do 15m, 18m, 21m and 2yrs. Then, just do them semi-annually. Maybe a birthday picture and school picture?
Keep in mind, these don’t always have to be professional ones. Sometimes I like our own pictures better than ones we’ve had done at a studio. Truth: The pictures in my oldest child’s album are mostly professional though. He was our first. We wanted to really capture his first year…and I was maybe, just maybe a little obsessed with dressing him up for the month/holiday coming up! Isn’t he so darn cute though?!
I do try to get at least a family picture (and some singles) taken twice a year. I do summer and then Christmas for our cards.
I like to throw in little touches of stickers that kind of coordinate to the outfit or time of year too. Just makes it a little more fun!
I mean…isn’t that smile just the cutest thing?! And what about those chubby fingers?? I just love chubby fingers!!!
So, really…this album takes literally minutes to update!! In fact, I need to get all my kids’ albums caught up. All it takes is printing some 8×10 photos and a few extra minutes during naptime.
How do you preserve your family memories? Do you like digital or traditional scrapbooking? What’s your favorite album?
Happy Memory Keeping!
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Annette has been married to her husband and best friend since 2003. Together they are raising their six children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette longs for the day when she will meet all her angel babies who have entered heaven before her. She enjoys creating fun and engaging printables, unit studies and curriculum for homeschool families. You can follow her crazy life at In All You Do where she blogs about marriage, parenting, and homeschooling all while maintaining her sanity. She is also the owner of Thrifty Homeschoolers, where she shares free printables and resources from around the web as well as deals on curriculum and homeschooling resources. You can also keep up with her via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.