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My Project Life Album

One of the things I wanted to post on this blog was my progress of my son’s first year album that I am doing. I am by all means – NOT. VERY. FAR. Yesterday was National Scrapbooking Day and I finally finished his 8 week layout. Yes, I am taking on the daunting task of documenting every week of his first year. And I’m very, very far behind. About 10 months to be exact. And then I have year 2 and so on to think about. But I’m still loving the project. I’m still finding it to be very therapeutic. And even though I don’t have anybody to scrapbook with anymore (my scrapbook friends finished their kids’ one year albums already because they didn’t have the crazy year that I did last year and they don’t work the schedule I do!) I’m still doing it when I can.

I am using Project Life which is a memory-keeping system created by Becky Higgins. I use photos that Dan and I took from his first year, little mementos from during that time and other things that I have deemed important enough to keep and document for his album and to give to him when he is older. I’m going to post my progress thus far for you, which isn’t that much. I may have to break this up into a few posts. The beginning part of the album which is everything before Finn and then I’ll start with the weekly layouts. I’m also by no means any pro at taking pictures of my layouts like some blogs that I’ve seen. I wish I could get mine to look as amazing as those! Any tips? lol (Also: I’m not a professional photographer.)

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There’s a page missing in between those where I talk about our story and how we decided to have Finn and us, but it’s still not finished, believe it or not!

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Then we began (and finished!) the nursery, which I detailed on this blog here, here, here, here, and here. With the final tour HERE.

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And then we had our shower, which I also blogged about here. (Although that reminds me I need to fix all the photos on that post which broke when I changed my URL. Note. To. Self.) The blank white spot is where I am STILL missing a photo of me at my own baby shower. Someone has one, somewhere. :(

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And I added an insert with the invitation to our shower. The back side had the map to the park and a little note card where we asked for a book to build Finn’s library.

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Then there was Finn’s 48 hours of labor which I definitely talked about here.

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And I added an insert of the Instagrams that Dan and I took that day.

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Then Finn’s entrance. Awww…. these moments.

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And there’s another page after this one of his first page but I’m not happy with it and still playing with it, so that’ll come another time (or never since I’ll probably forget). I took my blog entry about my labor with Finn and turned it into a little 6×12 card and made an insert as well for his book.

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His first day and the professional photoshoot we had done at the hospital.

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All the visitors who came to see him (and who took a picture with him) at the hospital.

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And I’ll leave you with the rest of our time in the hospital and the Coming Home spread.

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Baby Project #2: Drawer Liners

This blog has been so overly baby related lately.  I do apologize.  I promise there are other things going on in Dan and I’s lives, baby is just so much the focal point for us right now.  I do have plans for a post about one of our highlights from the Europe trip and last weekend’s big GoDaddy party – so if you aren’t here for baby updates, stay tuned for those.  If you are here for baby updates (or both), check out my latest project below!

These drawer liners are another thing that are not anywhere near being a necessity for the nursery (along with the closet organizers).  It’s just something cute and fun I saw online and decided to do.  That blog I linked to is one that I actually get a lot of inspiration from so don’t be surprised if you see me link to some of their other projects in the near future.  I thought it would be nice anytime we open up the dresser drawers to grab diapers, socks, or anything else, to see these bright or interesting papers that make us smile.

Our dresser has 3 small drawers along the top, and 2 larger, deeper drawers on the bottom.  We picked out 3 kinds of scrapbook papers that we liked at the craft store for the top 3 drawers.  We’ll have to find some wrapping paper somewhere else (looked in the store and didn’t find any we liked so far so we may end up ordering some sheets online) for the 2 larger drawers.  It was hard enough to piece the 2 sheets together for the smaller drawers, I don’t think I want to try it for the larger drawers.  We wanted to pick paper that could somewhat “grow” with Finn and not be too childish.  I would have loved to line it all with little whales, star fish, and fishies, but since this crib/dresser set is convertible and could potentially be the furniture he ends up using through college, I didn’t want to take it that far.  His room won’t *always” be undersea creatures, after all!  We chose a bright plaid, a newsprint, and a robot print.  The robots could be a little kiddish, but Dan thought it was “badass” and he’s 29, so I thought that one could last a little longer than fishies.  ;)

Step 1: Trim the paper and get all the lines to match up perfectly (not!) to fit the size of the drawer.  After wiping out the drawer for any dust or animal hair of course.  This was the toughest step.  Have to pick your papers very carefully to pull this off.

Step 2: Put a thin layer of Mod Podge on the bottom of the drawer, but just thick enough that the paper will stick to it.

Step 3: Apply paper to drawer, paying special attention to smooth it out as it was being pressed so that there were no bubbles or lines.  I wasn’t perfect at it, but I did pretty well.  I think I’m more worried about attempting the larger drawers with the thinner wrapping paper.  =/

Step 4: Wait 3-4 hours for Mod Podge to completely dry and then apply another thin layer over the top of the papers to seal everything in and protect the paper.

I love the finished product.  Just as a side note, the robot print paper did not work out so well.  I didn’t take my time with it like I did the others and so there were quite a few bubbles and lines.  But oh well, like I said, me and Dan are likely the only ones to see it.  :)

Baby Project #1: Closet Organizers

Originally I was looking at something like this for sorting the clothing sizes, since we’re hoping to be stocked up to at least 12 months of baby clothes.  But then I found this nifty little DIY project for closet organizers.  Absolutely not a necessity for the nursery, but something totally fun.  And easy.  And cute.  Really, nobody will see it but Dan or I, so it was just a personal project I wanted to do.  And I did it tonight.  Yay!

Step 1: Got all my supplies: Mod Podge, foam brushes, scrapbook paper, stickered #’s, acrylic paint, wooden “O’s”, and of course scissors and an X-Acto knife.

Step 2 (not pictured): The project.  lol.  Painted the “O’s”, glued paper to them, cut them out, placed stickers, Mod Podge-d over the top, waited for them to dry.

Finished Product: Adorable.

Step 3: Hang in closet.  Yay!

So there you have it.  My first baby craft project completed.  All in one night.  And it just makes me smile.  It was quick, easy, painless, and fun to do.