9 Ideas for Scrapbooking Baby Photos

How many photos did you take when your baby, your grandbaby, your nephew or niece or good friend’s child was born? We’re betting lots and lots. We’ve got several ideas for getting those baby photos onto the scrapbook page.

1. Embellish with baby’s  monogram

This is a photo of Tara McKernin‘s son at two months old, propped on pillows with his blanket on top. Tara says, “I just love this photo, and it required center stage.” To make sure this photo got all the attention is deserved, she used a simple page accent and favourite E.B. White quote. A pennant and a letter tile with her son’s initial as embellishing proves that less is more and ensures the photo is the focus.

Jake Wonder by Tara McKernin | Supplies: Font Alder, Letter J-Typeset Alpha Set no.1 from Sahlin Studio, Kraft cardstock from Karen Funk Elementary Kit; Blue Patterned paper Star on Top kit from One Little Bird

2. Scrapbook your vintage baby photos

Sue Althouse says, “I dug deep into the archives to find baby pictures of my husband. Older photos like these can be a challenge. The colors may be faded and the subject is often very small. Memories are nearly impossible to recall, so, by necessity, the journaling is short and of a more general nature.”

1959 by Sue Althouse | Supplies: Patterned Paper: Crate Paper, My Mind’s Eye, Echo Park; Alphabets: American Crafts; Tools: Fiskars, Nestabilities; Stickers/Tags: My Mind’s Eye, Echo Park; Jute: American Crafts; Wood Stars, Butterflies, Die Cuts: Studio Calico

3. Use muted pastels to scrapbook a portrait of mom and baby

This page will be the first in Marie-Pierre Capistran‘s daughter’s baby album. She kept it simple with pastels and basic name and birthdate information. Three low-contrast embellishment clusters create a visual triangle that doesn’t detract from this wonderful photo of mom and baby.

Marie says, “Making this page was about having fun. I played with washi tape, ribbons, my silhouette cutter, sewing,  stamps and ink; with punches, nice papers and vellums. I left open space below the photo to let it ‘breathe.'”

Maya Tobler by Marie-Pierre Capistran | Supplies: Bazzill white orange peel card stock; Dear Lizzy Neapolitan collection for paper, vellum, tag, chipboard accent and button; Bella Blvd Washi tape; Hero Art stamp; SU! heart punch; Tim Holz mini paperclip; Queen & co. and Doodlebug rhinestones; SU! chit chat rub-on; some baker’s twine.

4. Span the page with your newborn portrait

Amy Kingsford‘s goal with “Just Right” was to make a soft and simple page to showcase a portrait of her son at one day old.  A black-and-white photo with a bit of soft patterned paper spans the width of the page.

Amy says, “I chose a muted color palette and delicate embellishments–my favorite of which is the tulle ruffle that I’ve used to ground my over-sized border.  I added  pops of dark blue for both contrast and context. The title came about because my little guy weighed only 5 lbs when he was born and everyone kept telling me how small he was, but I didn’t want to hear that my son was any less than perfect and I always he insisted that he was just right!”

Just Right by Amy Kingsford | Supplies: Jaquard Ribbon Trim No. 2 by Sahlin Studio, I Love You Forever Kit by Sahlin Studio, Baby Tag Dates by Sahlin Studio, Worn Collab by One Little Bird and Sahlin Studio’ Sweet and Skinny Alpha (re-colored) by Sahlin Studio, Kriss Kross Stitches No. 1 by Anna Aspnes.

5. Add a border of nursery-themed animals

Brenda Becknell added cute zoo animals you might see in a nursery decor along the bottom of “Sweet Little One,” and then echoed the colors and patterns in a banner at the top right corner of the page.

Brenda says, “I broke out of my ‘norm’ for this page and used themed paper with a border at the bottom.  To give the animals a little more dimension, I used colored pencil and gamsol to add a bit of shading and highlighting.  I trimmed the patterned paper about 1/8″ all the way around; not enough to destroy the symmetry of the border but enough so the brown backing paper could show.  The banner was cut from another patterned paper, and I stitched bakers’ twine along the top of the flag.”

Little One by Brenda Becknell | Supplies: Patterned paper: Fancy Pants; Word sticker & rubon alphas: Making Memories; Doodlebug twine; We R Memory Keepers Sew Ezy tool; Crayola colored pencils; Gamsol and blending stump

6. Quilt a background with tone-on-tone patterns

Katie Scott used a square punch to make a quilt-patterned background out of tone-on-tone yellow patterned papers.

Katie collaged several photos of her daughter on white cardstock and placed that on top of the yellow quilting. Red chipboard alphas and embellishments make a high-contrast visual triangle around the photo grouping. Katie says, “Since one of the photos included rubber ducks, I added duck embellishments.”

1st Summer by Katie Scott | Supplies: Supplies: Random patterned papers cut with a square punch; chipboard letters; paint, machine stitching; October Afternoon stickers / embellishments.

7. Scrapbook a sleeping baby with nighttime colors and embellishments

Barb Brookbank scrapbooked a photo of her grandson sleeping with a dark nighttime blue, a sliver of the moon, an owl and “dream” word art.

Barb says, “I layered strips of papers behind the photo, added shadows for dimension and then clustered elements very close and overlapping the papers.
The journaling on the page reflects the photo in which my little grandson looked like he was thinking so hard!”

Dream by Barb Brookbank | Supplies: “Dream a Little Dream” kit by Kitty Designs; Font – DJB Crazy Goofy Cool

8. Pair your baby photo with a meaningful quote

Amy Kingsford wanted to capture the power of the phrase, “All because two people fell in love” on this page an accomplished that by paired it with a photo of her newborn.

To put the focus on the message while still showcasing this adorable yet tiny photo of my youngest son at one day old, Amy says, “I bracketed the photo with my over-sized title. This way neither the message nor the photo gets lost on the page.”

All Because Two People Fell In Love | Supplies: Sketch from Simple Scrapper’s Premium Collection (May 2011), Studio Calico Handmade Kit, Tumble Dry Mist (Black) by SEI, Brenda Walton’s Flora and Fauna Collection by K Company, paper tape by 7 Gypsies, assorted brads and buttons.

9. Scrapbook a baby boy with soft and grungy materials

Jennifer Matott scrapbooked her son Christopher at 6 weeks old on “New.” Jennifer says, “He fell asleep wrapped in a blanket and looked so sweet!  I wanted to use masculine papers but with some soft and pretty touches like the flowers.  I like the contrast of the soft and grungy against each other.  He is one of my best creations yet!”

New by Jennifer Matott | Supplies: All papers, embellishments and stickers are from Prima’s Craftsman line; Art Paste: US ArtQuest
Crafter’s Workshop stencil (Punchinella), Helmar 450 Quickdry adhesive, Faber- Castell Gelato in Black Licorice, Faber-Castell PITT Artist Big Brush Pen in black 199

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