Today I am going to share the first of two first year 12×12 scrapbooks that I am doing for Elias (the other one will be featured Thursday). I am also creating lots of other pages (you’ll see some of those tomorrow, as well as regularly on my blog), but these two albums are dedicated strictly to his first year/milestones. Other pages will be spread across many albums – family, baby, friends, etc., depending on the layout. For more on this kind of scrapbooking, check out Photo Freedoom by my friend Stacy Julian. It will rock your world and blow your perspective of scrapbooking out of the water.
Shortly after I found out I was pregnant, my mom bought me this adorable 20-page paper pack that was a perfect blend of scrapbooking and traditional baby book. The product line was Aimee J. Created in 2002 by a mom who was looking for the perfect baby keepsake album, she created this line after not finding what she was looking for.
What I like about this product line is that it literally requires a pen and pictures. No embellishing required. Now normally, this would not be my style, but it so works for this kit. Moreover, it is PERFECT for a busy mom or someone who does NOT scrapbook. Everyone takes photos. All you need to do for this is fill out the prompts, glue a couple pictures in and you are set. I love this album because of its simplicity, color palette (works for boy or girl) and ease of use. You can use whatever type of 12×12 album you like. I normally use D-ring albums, but a traditional 20-page post-bound worked perfectly for this kit.
Here are some of the pages I have completed. (click to make bigger).
For the record, Elias does not have two thumbs – I just couldn’t get the little stinker to let me capture a clean print. 🙂 Hence why he looks like he has two thumbs on the left and was trying to wave on the right. Mr. Personality.
I liked the 20-page kit so much I also got the holiday add-on kit. This kit includes 10 pages for five holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and Fourth of July). Here are my Thanksgiving pages.
Check out Aimee J’s products – they are currently offering 15% off your purchase of $30 or more through Jan. 31. Simply use the code giftemail.