My 1 yo little squeeze toy has hit a few huge milestones this month so I figured I should pull out her baby book and add some updates. Opened up the keepsake box (dusty from how long it’s been!) and was delighted to remember that I’d actually made her baby book from scratch (back when I only had one kid and found all sorts of “spare time” to do things like that). Oh how I love how it turned out! I resorted to making my own after scouring the internet & not finding anything at all I liked- they were all so cheesy or generic, and the ones that were moderately cute all seemed to be missing (or have too much) info.
So I came up with this- a white 3-ring binder, recovered in a pretty fabric, and adorned with my daughter’s name embroidered onto a blank cross-stitch bookmark (got it at Michael’s). For the lettering, I just found a free embroidery font I liked online, printed it, and adjusted the spacing to fit my piece.
The front and back pockets are perfect for ultrasounds, hospital bracelet, I even have my hand-written notes documenting my hours of contractions, trying to decipher if I was really in labor!
Cards & other special documents are tucked in sheet protectors at the back. A clear pencil bag would work great for this too.
I created all the pages myself, on a publishing program, using cute graphics I found online. I love how I was able to customize, every single thing- what’s important and meaningful to our family, and what’s not. Had them all printed on acid-free card stock. I also love how I can take the pages out to write in them, add more, change the order, or even reprint one if when I completely screw up.
Now for the hard part- scouring my calendar & Facebook for key dates & events, since I’m no good at marking this stuff down in the book when it actually happens! Hey, at least it’s cute!