Nora's 1 Year Scrapbook

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

When Hadley was born, I wanted to document her first year of life with photos of her each week so we could see her grow and have a momento to treasure for years to come. 

With our second born we decided to forgo that tradition and now we're brainstorming ways we can break it to her when she's older.

Just kidding.

You know I had to do it again! 

No promises for you, nonexistent unborn third child.


Anywho, I finally got all the photos edited, printed and assembled into an adorable mini photo album.

I was so happy with how it turned out that I decided to take apart Hadley's old scrapbook (you can see that post here) and put it into a mini photo album as well to protect the photos over the years. 

Little Nora, I can't get enough of you!!!!! I love flipping through this and be taken back to each of these days and all the times when you we're smallest. When you we're experiencing the world for the first time, soaking in everything around you, still unable to run away from us like you do now and making new expressions and sounds with each day.

These are the old pages from Hadley's 1st scrapbook that I cut down and put into the protective sleeves.

The scrapbook binding method I used the first time around would have worked better for a book with less pages at that size or larger pages. It was just too fat to really work that way!

Seeing you now at three, it's almost impossible to remember you when you we're this small Hadley girl!

I don't know how I'm going to feel when you're 5, 12, 18 and I'm looking back at this treasured little book?! Ugh. Kills me and fills me with joy all at once, this wacky and fleeting thing called time.

Each photo takes me back to that day with you and I can almost remember how it felt before you could talk or sass me like you do now :-P

And you know I couldn't resist a little side-by-side action. Nora's photos are on top and Hadley's are on the bottom. There's no doubt you two we're cut from the same cloth <3

To make these scrapbooks, I took all the photos on my iPhone in square format. I edited them using the Color Story (lighting, color, cropping adjustments) and A Beautiful Mess (to add text) apps right there on my phone.

I printed the photos in 4x4 inch size using the Shutterfly app, which frequently offers FREE 4x6 and 4x4 photo prints. In fact, they're free on the app as we speak! You'll just have to pay for shipping (usually around $8 depending on how many you order).

I used the 4x4 inch Iris photo sleeves and 4x4 inch Gold Stripes Messy Book Album from A Beautiful Mess Shop, which are all on sale! I used the Mint Classic Leather 4x4 inch album by We R Memory Keepers for Hadley's scrapbook, also on sale.

These books do take some planning and some time to keep up with and put together, but if you're anything like me and taking several photos of your kids each and every day, you already have the photos on your phone. It's just a matter of putting those precious photos to some good use.

Cheers to all the squishy babies and the rollercoaster that is the 1st year of life!

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