Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Project Life Tuesday - Thomas' Baby Book (Part 1)

The Mom CreativeWelcome to Project Life Tuesday!

Today will be a little different from my usual Tuesday posts because I am sharing something brand new with you...my little Thomas' baby book!  Yes, he is about a year a half old.  Yes, it has taken me this long to make him a baby book.

But, that's why I'm glad Project Life has come to the rescue!  I went a totally different route for this project and I bought the DIGITAL version of the Baby Edition for Him when it was on sale for 25% off when it was first released.  Because I went this route, I have been able to tinker around with it here and there as I have found time.  It's been nice to be able to work on my album without having to bust out my huge storage tote full of Project Life supplies and clutter up the kitchen table with my gear.  All I need is my computer and a planning sheet!

If you're looking for inspiration on what others are doing with their Project Life, you can check out my board on Pinterest and be sure to link up on The Mom Creative!


The Process:

I just want to talk a little bit about how my process for this book is different than my regular Project Life album.  I used the same planning sheets for both, as seen here:




I write in each spot what photo I want to go there or what journaling card I have chosen so that when I am editing photos and eventually when I get them printed, it makes the assembly process much easier.

For this album, I am trying to stick to Design A only.  The main reason for this is unadulterated laziness!  I'm just trying to keep it as simple as possible so I can get my poor, deprived third child a baby book with as little muss and fuss as I can.  When I've created and saved all the cards I need for a week, I upload them to Walgreens and have them printed.  Then it's just a matter of trimming them, rounding the corners, and slipping them in the pages.  Easy peasy.

Here's what Thomas' Baby Book looks like so far!

Title Page:



If loving little baby feet is wrong, I don't want to be right.

Pregnancy Pages:


There are so many wonderful prompt cards in this kit for documenting your pregnancy and what's happening in the world around you, but I really kept things very light in this area of the book.  Maybe it's because it was my third time around....I don't know.  I covered the highlights and that was good enough for me!  The first layout features my positive test, the TWO belly photos I remembered to take during the entire dang pregnancy and a little blurb about our home.  Nobody freak out....we don't live there anymore so I'm not going to get all uppity about posting it on the Internet.

The right page is all photos from my maternity photo session with Jenn Van Wyk Photography.  (Yes, I had permission to print those bad boys.  Check out her amazing website and tell her I sent ya!)


The next couple pages are just about getting ready to meet our little man and I titled it "Getting Ready to Get to Know You."  Ultrasound photos, choosing a name, the glucose test, all that good stuff.  It also covers how we wound up heading to the hospital on his birthday!


One major thing I am doing different by using the digital kit is that I am adding all my text to the journaling cards in PSE before I print them.  I try to keep the fonts pretty consistent throughout the book to keep it looking coherent.

 
Yes, Jessica.  We most definitely did consider using the name Elias.  It just sounded a little goofy with "Evan" as a middle name!  It was a close second though!

Thomas' Birth:


These are easily my favorite pages in the book thus far.  I opted to keep all the photos on this particular spread black and white.  Because I'm artsy fartsy like that.  The right page has two "Labor & Delivery" cards at the top that tell the story of his birth and then his stats are in the bottom left spot.  The photo of Thomas on the scale is sliced in half so it covers two 3x4 slots.



 
Meeting His Family:


I started to mix things up with black and white and color photos from here on out.


Here's what I did to make that card above.  I scanned the certificate from the hospital and then just moved it on to the digital "footprint" card included in the kit.  Is it to scale?  Nope.  Is it still a neat keepsake?  Sure is!


Overdose on photos on the left page followed by some notes about coming home with THREE BOYS on the right.

That's all she wrote for today, folks!  Join me again next week for more Project Life and you'll just have to keep checking back to see Part Two of the baby book!  (I know.  I'm a meanie pants.)





46 comments:

  1. Hi Sarah, I'm visiting from The Mom Creative. I love your baby album. SO sweet! Love your Pinterest board too! I always get excited when I come across anything Project Life on Pinterest. :)

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    1. Hi Jenny! Welcome! I still have a LOT left of this baby album to share, so I hope you'll stop by again to see the progress. I'm a little obsessed with Pinterest too. :)

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  2. Love your pages. I can't wait to get started on Adeline's baby album. Good call on not picking Elias. I never like when monograms have two of the same letter. :)

    Curious why you didn't just use a larger page protector in the album for the hospital certificate with Thomas's footprints?

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    1. It was a really tough call, let me tell you! It also didn't help that Evan already has an Elijah in the family and we thought Elias might be a bit too close to that.

      Don't laugh, but the only reason I didn't include the hospital certificate in a large page protector is because I have it in Thomas' memory box from Paper Coterie! I though about making a color scan of it and printing it out in full size, but I didn't want to spare the ink. I might change my mind at a later time, but for now it works.

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    2. I would reconsider. I think having the actual size footprints in there is important! His cute feet were tiny, but not that tiny. :) Plus someday, that PC box is not going to be with the album.

      Oh, the silly things I get passionate about.

      Stepping off my soapbox now.

      Love your album. You've inspired me to get my butt in gear.

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    3. You're totally right. I think I like the idea of scanning it though and printing it as maybe a 8x10. Maybe I'll put a copy of his birth certificate on the flip side!

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    4. GREAT idea!! I might copy you when I make Adeline's book.

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  3. Absolutely gorgeous. We don't have any bambinos yet, but I know that when the time comes, I'll be going the PL route. It's so great to include so many different things. Your book looks really beautiful and personal and fully something your little one will be able to appreciate when he's grown up (though let's not have that happen too soon!).

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    1. I did full-on traditional scrapbooks for my older boys for their pregnancies and first years, but I am the first to admit that I really neglected the baby until now. Project Life is making it so easy!! Highly recommend it!

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  4. Great baby books. Turned out beautifully! I have three boys too. No shortage of fun and energy in our house!

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    1. Three boys is insanity. Every day. :) Good insanity though!

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  5. love the baby book, and the font you used! i wish i hadn't already bought a regular baby book for my second!!

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    1. The font is actually Becky Higgins' handwriting! Check out http://www.beckyhiggins.com/freestuff/ to download it for yourself!

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  6. I love that!!! I really need to get on my 4th childs baby book...he just turned three and I have done nothing!

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    1. It's not too late! I love how this system makes it so simple to go back and get 'er done. :)

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  7. Turned out great! I should do this for my youngest son. He is 8! and has no baby pages done. The first 2 boys have their complete first year of life finished. This I could do and as you say it's never too late. Can't wait to see more of this album.

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    1. Really, it has been very easy to just go back and tinker around with it whenever I get a chance. I'm so glad this baby edition came out because it was the perfect solution to my "Third Child's Got Nuthin" Guilt!

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  8. This is amazing. It turned out beautiful. I have 2 boys I call the two man wrecking crew. Love your project!

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    1. If 2 boys is a wrecking crew then I guess I have an entire demolition team!

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  9. This is gorgeous! I am starting to "dabble" with the digital PL kits. I do have a question...do you also print the Project Life cards on photo paper through Walgreens? I had never thought of that as a possibility....I just assumed I would have to print at home.

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    1. I really have no clue what I'm doing in the digital scrapbooking arena whatsoever. I really only decided to give it a shot for this particular book because I knew I didn't really need to stay on top of it like I do for my weekly Project Life our our normal world. It's nice to be able to just tinker around on the laptop whenever I get time without worrying about lugging out my bin of physical scrapbook supplies. When I've created all the 4x6 canvases and photos and I'm ready to print, I just upload them on Walgreens.com and have them printed at my local store which I go and pick up at my convenience. I have noticed that they print a teeny bit dark at my particular location, so I have to lighten my photos a bit more than usual before I print them, but that will likely be different for everyone.

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  10. Love your PL book. I also have a boy 1 1/2 yrs old and just this week started his using the same kit! Your is so inspiring!

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    1. I'm truly flattered, thank you. I hope you'll be back to see the rest of the book!

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  11. Beautiful! Never once have I thought to have the digital cards actually printed at a photo place. So inspired to work on my baby's albums now {and my oldest is 8!}

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    1. Go for it! I will often print photos for my physical weekly Project Life album and this album all at once at Walgreens. It's so easy. :)

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  12. Great looking book! I am going back & remaking a baby book for my first (because his first one is a mass-produced one) and will make another one for the arrival of my 2nd in July. Now they both look similar and I'm type-A like that ;).

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    1. I'm the same way! I've definitely thought about going back and updating the books for my older two, but they both have full "traditional" scrapbooks for their pregnancies and first years, so I suppose I should just leave it alone, huh?

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  13. I love your album! Now I'm inspired to make my boy's baby album - he is 14 years old! But I think the prompt cards is going to make it easy. I'm obsessed with the font you used on the journaling cards. What is the name of the font please?
    Adele du Plessis
    South Africa

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    1. The prompt cards are amazing! I really didn't show their full potential in this particular post because I opted to skip over a lot of the pregnancy details because it was my third time around and I really didn't document those little things as well as I did the first time. Perhaps I just didn't really want to know how much weight I gained! :)

      The font is actually from Becky Higgins! If you go to www.beckyhiggins.com/freestuff you can download her two fonts for free. The one I use the most is called "CK Jot."

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    2. Thank you very much! Becky Higgins is a superstar.

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  14. Thank you so much for sharing this great book and what an awesome job you did!

    I am a newbie in Project Life & I'm still working on my first book. I'm curious about your choice to go digital because I am trying to figure out which way is most cost effective. I've always done traditional scrapbooking but started doing shutterfly/snapfish books the past few years which I really enjoy. I purchased the physical core kit for the book I'm doing right now but am wondering if I should switch to digital for the next one.

    I have a printer that is an ink hog and am afraid that if I had to print out 52 pages of filler & journal cards in color, I would spend way more than just buying a physical core kit to use. Did you consider this and would you say that you are spending more or less going digital vs. physical core kit. And any cost saving tips for making the switch to digital more cost effective?

    Oh, random question, do you have the journal & filler cards printed like normal photos from walgreens also?

    Thanks again, I can't get enough PL inspiration these days!

    Becca

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    1. Becca, what great questions! Ok, I have been using the Project Life system since 2010. I did a physical album in that year and in 2011 using the "photo a day" approach and then I switched it up to a weekly approach in 2012 which ended up with me needing TWO binders full of page protectors and photos! I loved it though, so I'm doing the same approach for 2013. If you click on my Project Life link at the top of the page, you can see how those albums have shaped up.

      The choice to go digital for this particular book was purely based on convenience. When I work on my regular PL album, I have to haul a big bin of supplies out to the kitchen table and spread it all out and make a high holy mess. (Needless to say, I'm looking forward to finishing off the basement in our house so I can have a scrap room!) I usually do that work after the kids go to bed so I don't have to worry about my Thomas (17 months) trying to climb the chairs and grab at everything. Since working on his baby book would mean going back through oodles of photos on my computer from the last year and a half, I figured I would give digital a try so I could work on it little by little during the day when they give me a free moment or two. All I need out is my laptop, a planning sheet, and a pencil! Much easier to keep grubby little toddler fingers at bay.

      As far as the price goes, it's hard for me to make a call as to which is more affordable. Even though I've used the digital kit for Thomas' baby book, I am still printing everything like photos and placing them in a physical album full of page protectors (Design A). I've also gone a little berserk with filling my stash full of a wide variety of page protectors and other stuff to supplement my PL Seafoam Kit. At the end of the day, I think it comes down to what you want out of it. This is an investment, to be sure. It's not cheap no matter which way you slice it. But, I'm confident that it is well worth it for the memories I am capturing and keeping that otherwise would have slipped through the cracks. Sorry, I know that didn't really answer your question, did it? :)

      And yes, I print the journal and filler cards for this baby book as normal photos at Walgreens!

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  15. I loved looking at this! I'm doing the same baby book for my baby right now - I LOVE IT! He's only 5 weeks old & I seriously get giddy when I get pictures printed and I put together journaling cards, etc. I know this is probably a strange question, but what font do you use on the journaling cards? I recognize it but can't think of what it is. I swear I've used it before, even - but as I'm typing I think it was back when I had a Mac & it is one of their fonts.

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    1. The font is actually Becky Higgins' handwriting! Check out http://www.beckyhiggins.com/freestuff/ to download it for yourself!

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    2. ha! i already have it!!! thank you! i just couldn't remember where it was from!!!

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  16. You've inspired me to go ahead and do this. Unfortunately, we lost about 6 years of digital family photos, including my 5 year old son's earliest memories. I had only done a couple of his newborn pages and was (and am still) devastated. I've been wanting to sit down and just write out descriptions of my favorite pictures, and this will help me. Thanks. :)
    Dawn from TX

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    1. Oh my goodness, what a tragedy. You've motivated me to do another backup to an external drive, to be sure! I can certainly understand your devastation. Even though you'll certainly have some holes in the story, I would certainly still say that documenting what you DO have is so important! Go for it.

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  17. the awesomeness of this book makes me want to do one for my kids - even though i have oodles of books already. i love how you are keeping it amazingly simple (kit + photos plus your words) with a few touches here and there. i'm floored at just how great this is.

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    1. I'm all about simple! Honestly, I don't have the supplies nor the know-how to make a fancy pants album. This is so easy to do, it's just downright amazing. Thank you for your sweet compliments and I certainly encourage you to give it a shot!

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  18. What a fun book! Really enjoyed looking through these, thanks for sharing. Look forward to seeing "Part 2." :D

    I have four boys (22 down to 8) and none have completed baby books, poor things. I do have various "collections" of pictures, milestones (typically on calendar pages), memorabilia, etc. but would love to put together 10-20 pages just capturing the essentials for them. Great project!

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    1. Oh my goodness, Project Life would be the PERFECT system for sorting through all that memorabilia and getting the memories organized and documented! It really is a fun system and I have absolutely loved using it over the years. Part 2 will be following in two weeks and there will be much more to follow after that! I hope you'll join me again!

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  19. I love your book!! It's beautiful. I'm working on my first PL book and love it. I want to do some PL baby books for my boys too. I'm totally new to digital scrapbooking though. Can I ask you a question? I'm thinking of just buying the digital kit instead of buying 2 baby core kits. I'm confused though...it looks like you printed all the cards and then inserted them into the pages? Are they printed on photo paper or just card stock through your printer? The digital PL website makes it look like you create an entire 12x12 page then print it. I like how you did it better by still using the photo pockets. :) So what I'm wondering is is there 2 ways do use the digital kits then? Either creating a whole page and printing OR printing out each individual card then cutting it out to put in your photo pages? Thanks for any input!
    Mandi

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    1. Hi Mandi! Great questions! Yes, there are several ways to do a digital book. You can use the layout templates available at ACdigitals to create a full on 12x12 page and then create a photo book by uploading page by page on Shutterfly or whatever company you prefer. For me, I am just the kind of person who needs to make that physical album as I go because there's just something very cathartic about slicing paper! :) So, I upload every photo and every kit card to Walgreens and have them printed as glossy photos. I would prefer to get matte prints, but they aren't available at my local store so I've had to just suck it up and move beyond that. You could totally use cardstock and print at home if you wanted to though! Does that help?

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  20. Your book looks great so far! I want to get my kids' baby albums done this year. They are 5, 3 and almost 2. I love the PL system! Thanks for the inspiration! Fiona :)

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  21. I realize this post was a year ago but I am just learning about project life and googling to find what people have done. I am so interested in doing the same thing for my two girls, but I have to know... how did you print on the cards??? I would so much rather a clean font rather than my own unpredictable hand writing!

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