I have a confession to make. I am a sentimental paper hoarder. If you have ever written me a note or given me a card, I still have it. I keep movie and concert tickets, receipts from cool places that we go on vacation, tickets that we won at the arcade but didn’t turn in, and basically every scrap of paper that could possibly have any sentimental value whatsoever.
With that being said, I have managed to keep all of these papers stored neatly in photo boxes so far, but I know that when Jack gets here and starts daycare there are going to be SO MANY PAPERS that I want to keep, and I don’t just want them shoved away in a box in our storage building.
I used to love scrapbooking, but it’s time consuming and it can get expensive, and I am the queen of starting a project and leaving it unfinished. I’ve been scouring Pinterest (what did we do before Pinterest???) for ideas on how to create a great baby book for Jack without completely overwhelming myself or stressing myself out. I finally settled on creating a digital scrapbook for each year and printing it on Mixbook or Shutterfly.
I’m doing a trial run with my pregnancy journal book, Letters to Jack, which is a collection of letters and pictures describing our journey through pregnancy. I sat down today and worked on it for about three hours and have the whole thing completed except for the next few weeks before he’s born (like the baby shower we’re having this Sunday and details about his birth). The thing I really like about this is that I can work on it a little at a time and save it on the Shutterfly website, then go back to it when I have time – and I don’t need any fancy supplies. All I need is my phone (for pictures) and a computer (my Shutterfly app won’t let me edit the photo book, so I did this on their website on my laptop).
Here’s a sneak peak at the book so far…
Here’s the front cover.
I used PowerPoint to write and format my letters and saved them as JPEG files to make it easy to upload them to Shutterfly. I started this book by telling Jack about when we first found out we were pregnant. I’m going to attach a pocket to the page on the left to put his first ultrasound pictures in.
On this page, I told him about the day we announced to Facebook that he was on the way. Yes, I included screenshots of all the well-wishes and congratulations (there are 3 pages in the book of nothing but screenshots like this – but, we live in a digital age and I wanted him to see how excited our friends and family were).
The last page (for now) shows progress that has been made in the nursery. So far the book is 29 pages long, and I still have a month to go, so I am anticipating adding another 5 or 6 pages before it is complete. I’m hoping to have this book cover my entire pregnancy and Jack’s birth, then I’ll start on his second book which will cover everything from his birth to his first birthday.
The book I decided to go with is a 10×10 hardback book, and since I added so many extra pages (the normal book is 20 pages, but you can add up to 100), it’s going to end up costing around $80. That seems really expensive, but I would honestly probably have spent way more than that to make a traditional scrapbook. Also, Shutterfly does promotions all the time where you can get half off photo books, so I’m just going to save this one in my Shutterfly account until they run a special like that.
What do you think? Are you a traditional scrapbooker, or do you like doing it digitally and having it printed in one nice, neat package?
I enjoyed making this book, but I’m anxious to see how it looks printed. If the quality is as good as everything else I’ve gotten from Shutterfly, I am expecting it to look great. Hopefully, this will be a special legacy that Jack will treasure when he is older.
Now I just have to get a scanner to save all Jack’s artwork and all those little papers in a digital format as he grows up..