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Create A Keepsake Baby Album in One Night!

By Hsimoni @wildwyoartcafe

I have a quick and easy Keepsake Baby Album to share with you today!


I have been so very busy with a full time job as a counselor, being a wife and mom, a Boys and Girls Board Member, Graduate School and being a member of Spellbinders Inspriation Team, Tattered Angels DT and Social Media and DT Coordinator for Julianna Hudgins Positively Me.....that I often don't have any time to carve out to just create art for me.  Whew, it's exhausting just reading about all my duties. lol

Most days I enjoy juggling my many hats and feel very productive in all of them.  But, sometimes my plate is so full I don't know where to start.  That's when I really have to make sure to take time for myself.  I do something that feeds my soul.

This Keepsake Baby Album was just what I needed to create, as a gift for a co-worker, with no specific products or guidelines, and the hope and wonder of a new life as my creative mojo.

Holly Simoni Baby Album Inside pages1

I made this Baby Album in one night.  It measures about 5x7".  I started with a Maya Road Board Book, which has rounded corners.  I chose a variety of My Mind's Eye patterned papers that blended well together.  I kept the theme focused around vintage baby and neutral colors, as my co-worker doesn't know yet if she's having a boy or a girl!

Holly Simoni Baby Album inside pages 2

I traced an inside page onto my paper then used my paper trimmer and scissors to trim it perfectly.  I left an 1/8" on each page near the book binding to allow it to close easier.  I let the base of the board book show through at the binding.  It gives it more of a vintage feel.  I used industrial strength adhesive to adhere each page.

Holly Simoni Baby Album inside pages 3

I cut and embossed several Spellbinders Paper Arts die templates to create mats for the baby pictures.  I adhered the Heidi Swapp BABY letters to the front of the album, along with a strip of ribbon.  Then I signed the back of the book.

Holly Simoni Baby Album2

I placed the BABY Album in a gift bag and included several types of adhesive.  This way the new Mom has an album all ready to go, knows exactly where to include the pictures and has a way to adhere them as well.

This is was such a fun project, that really helped me enjoy the creative process, ramp up the mojo and create just for fun.

I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed creating it.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!

I really appreciate it.


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