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.)

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