Scrapbook. Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Of course, working on this cute little scrapbook makes me long for another little one, and no doubt I would have another precious baby boy. I wanted to share my latest project, a gift for my cousin that is due with her first baby soon. I love using my Cricut paper cutting machine and this week my sweet husband surprised me by ordering the upgraded and larger version, the Cricut Expression. I love it and I love my husband for wanting to do those “just because” gifts. We also got a pretty decent deal on a refurbished one from Cricut.
One of the benefits of living in an apartment is that I have less housework to keep up with and NO yard work! I miss mowing the grass and tending to the flower beds but I am trying to make good use of our relaxed summer schedule and work on some of my other hobbies. I recently set up a small table in the bedroom for my little craft corner. Crafting can get messy and this way my mess is hidden away and I can leave my projects out.
I’m fairly new at scrapbooking and at first I found the small size of this book quite a challenge! I mostly used cuts from the First Few Years cartridge. This cartridge is cleverly designed with inspirational layouts included. However, these ideas are for a 12 x 12 page! I decided to design two coordinating 6 x 6 pages as “one” layout. The second page in each set is ready for a 4 x 6 photo, and the pages can easily be rotated to accommodate a vertical or horizontal picture. I’m sure this isn’t the typical way to design a scrapbook, but I think it worked for this “ready to fill” album. I also attached little tags to each page for journaling. I tend to ruin things with my messy handwriting, so I included a few extra tags for good measure! I had so much fun putting this together and coordinating the baby boy patterned papers with the cut images and at the last moment I decided to add the little pearl accents to each page.
I can’t wait to meet the little one whose face will make this book so much cuter!