Thursday, March 28, 2013

Homemade Baby Book & Calendar

I have been furiously trying to finish up a myriad of projects in case the twins decide to arrive ahead of schedule.  I showed you the headbands for Baby Girl a few days ago.  Another project I have been working on is a Baby Book/Calendar.  cover

I saw this idea on Pinterest and was inspired to make my own.  However, I didn’t want to just use a spiral notebook – I wanted it to be more polished.

I used my StoryBook Creator software to design pages. I primarily used the “Oh Baby Boy” and “Oh Baby Girl” digital element packages so that the colors and graphics coordinate for everything.

Then I laminated the pages and 3-hole punched everything.  I used binder rings to hold it all together.  This will allow me to add/remove/replace pages as needed.  I also want to include a plastic pocket in the front for the calendar stickers.  I was able to customize everything with Baby Boy and Baby Girl’s names.  {In the pictures, any smudge you see is the removal of names to protect the innocent from criticism of their names before they even arrive}.

Twins' Baby Book

Twins' Baby Book

I printed a basic calendar in Microsoft Word and added a custom header.

Twins' Baby Book

Twins' Baby Book

Twins' Baby Book

Twins' Baby Book

I made a divider for each month through the first birthday.  After laminating, I added a little ribbon tab to the divider with hot glue.  Here are a few of the divider pages.  I alternated each month between a “girly” look and a “boy” theme.

Twins' Baby Book

Twins' Baby Book

Twins' Baby Book

Twins' Baby Book

Twins' Baby Book

In each month I included a sheet for both Baby Boy and Baby Girl to record their new motor skills, likes, and fun memories.  It’s short, but if I can fill the paper out each month, I will at least have some record of their babyhood.  I have been on a lot of different twins/multiples websites & blogs lately.  So many parents lamented that the first year was a blur.  I want to remember something.

Twins' Baby Book

Twins' Baby Book

I am still in the process of finishing the calendar stickers.  I am using my digital scrapbooking software again, and I just copied the various milestones from Elaine’s sticker calendar.  I added a few of my own, too.  I purchased sticker paper from Amazon to print them on when I am finished. 

Baby Boy Calendar Stickers jpg
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For the back cover, I just used a verse on some digital paper.

Twins' Baby Book

I have a couple more projects to share in other posts....

1 comment:

  1. Awesome!! What a neat calendar. I can't believe you found time to create this.

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