ABC Scrapbooks

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For Bee’s 3rd birthday, I made an 8×8 ABC scrapbook for her and it remains a favorite of all the kids. I’ve been suffering from severe maternal guilt because I’ve neglected scrapbooking for so long, and Cakes will be 7 (SEVEN!) this year, and I still haven’t made an ABC book for her. Of my 3 children, she most enjoys looking at baby pictures and scrapbooks, and she always wants me to tell her stories about my own childhood, or share my memories of what she was like as a baby.  With only 2 months until her birthday, I decided to buckle down and get this done as a birthday gift for her, and I’ve been having so much fun with it (although, it had been so long since I’d done any scrapbooking at all that I couldn’t even remember how to use my Coluzzle. I had to get the instructions out, and it said, “Use only the patented Coluzzle swivel knife.” I honestly couldn’t even remember what this looked like).

The appeal of these little ABC scrapbooks is that the pages are small and they come together quickly. Also, they’re a great way to use some of the literally thousands of cute, funny, but very random photos I’ve taken of my children over the years.

This was part of a kit that included paper and stickers. I bought it after Christmas at Barnes and Noble for only $3.49!

While I’ve experimented with and enjoy digital scrapbooking, it will never replace scrapbooking on paper for me. I just love sitting at my scrapbook table, with music playing, happily cropping and arranging and pasting. I do find the MyMemories Suite digital scrapbook software to be very helpful in paper scrapping though, particularly for making custom journaling boxes, and cover/dedication pages.

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I say that I scrap for my children, but that’s not really true. I do it for myself. It’s helped me to work through some of my struggles, because I can put my special memories down on the page, and move forward (this is especially helpful for me as my children grow up – too fast).

The ABC book is intended to be a little snapshot of each child’s life so far – their personality, likes, and experiences. I start by writing down ideas for each letter. Sometimes I have to enlist the help of my husband, and also the dictionary, to come up with words. Then, I go through my already-printed photos and memorabilia to make sure that I use what I already have first.  I gather it together in an expanding accordion file, sorted by letter. That way, when I’m ready to sit down and work on a page, I have everything I need in one place.

For Cakie’s book, I had to have about two dozen photos printed to accommodate specific ideas, but I bought no stickers or embellishments because I have an abundant supply.

Some letters are easy, and I have no problem coming up with ideas.

Someday she’ll probably not be amused by the potty photo, but I couldn’t resist – it’s so funny!

We always called Gerber puffs, “Snackies.” She loved them, but I only bought them for special occasions. This picture was taken on Easter morning.

One of her favorite loveys as a baby was her GloWorm, which we called “Walter.”

Certain letters, such as Q, X, and Z, are more challenging, but the Q page is a great place to record funny little quips and quotes that you might otherwise forget.

I included the quail image because when she was a toddler, and we played with her Little People Zoo together, the quail was the only animal she would ever let me play with. Also, we still have no idea what a “nexobar” was. But she didn’t want it anymore!

I love how this book is turning out, and I can’t wait to give it to her. I think she’ll love it! I only have 4 letters to go, and it will be finished. Then, it’s onto DJ’s book. I have until February….I think I can do it.

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  6 Responses to “ABC Scrapbooks”

  1. I love this idea Heather!!

    I just missed my little one’s birthday, but maybe I could make a book for Christmas for her. Her older sister’s birthday is next month and that might be a doable goal.

    Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂

  2. Heather,

    I think I might be able to get this done by Christmas !! I love it !! Just in time as my little one is in pre-school and currently learning her ABCs. Blessings to you and your family and as always a HUGE thank you. You have no idea how much I look forward to reading your posts (I’m the single mom by choice, by the way and you once wrote me a beautiful message…. thank you!).

  3. My daughter is three, and I know that she’d love something like this…luckily I have lots of time before her next birthday. Thanks for such a great idea!

  4. Heather,
    Love the abc – book. And I feel ya on the laundry! we are living in a small home (950sqft, 3kids) until we build our home elsewhere on this property. And until it is built my washer and dryer are flip flopped. They are side by side and the doors open the same direction. From the average person who only does laundry once a week…this may seem like a small inconvenience…but to the mama who does 1-2 loads a day…whoa! is it annoying. lol! so i recruited my 2 and 4 year olds – they know how to work together to rotate the laundry while I fold clothes! 😀 lol. Until I get my laundry room with sinks, and counter space, and shelving at my new home my handy hubby is building for us. 😀 “Yay!” for handy husbands!

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