Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Baby Mini Album

My neighbors just had their first baby, so I had to make something special for them. I decided to make a mini album to record some of those special first moments.  The pages of the album are from the Kerri Bradford Silhouette class that I took about a month ago.  I cut them at 8".  I didn't use any chipboard.  To make the front and back covers sturdier, I made an inside base of the sturdy Papertrey Ink kraft cardstock with patterned paper and colored cardstock on either side.  The inside pages are all made of patterned paper adhered to colored cardstock.  I bound the whole thing using The Cinch.

For the cover, I used patterned paper from the Simple Stories Baby Steps collection (all of the patterned paper in the book is from this collection, unless otherwise noted).  The banner was made with My Creative Time's Build a Banner Kit and stamped with letters from MCT's Anyday Bingo & Crossword.  I used some natural hemp twine from Liz's Paper Loft Boutique to string the banner.  The cute elephant is from the Cricut Birthday Bash cartridge.  I cut "Julien" out of Core'dinations cardstock, using my Silhouette.

The kraft cardstock I used is from The Paper Company, and all of the solid cardstock is Papertrey Ink.  On this page, the bird cut is from the Cricut 3 Birds on Parade cartridge.  I ran the sling through my Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots embossing folder.  The orange polka-dotted paper is a printable from the Kerri Bradford class.  Don't you just love the baby flash card?  It's from the Simple Stories paper, and you'll see a variety of them throughout the book.

"Special Delivery" is another cut from 3 Birds on Parade.

For this page, I took another printable background (the blue polka dots) from the Kerri Bradford class.  After printing it in my regular printer, I ran it through my Cricut Imagine and printed this word art from the Cricut Word Collage cartridge, using the "print only" feature and brown ink.  I then edged it with my ekSuccess Bumpy Roads Edger Punch.

This funny bird is another one from 3 Birds on Parade.  The polka-dotted papers are from Papertrey Ink, and the grid papers were scraps in my stash.

Here we have a cute carriage from the Cricut Everyday Pop-Up Cards cartridge.

"Lullaby" is also from Everyday Pop-Up Cards.

"Cute as a bug" and the ladybug are cut from the Cricut Just Because Cards cartridge using some Crate Paper patterned paper.

I used my Imagine and the "cut only" feature to get my little onesie.

This cute little bunny and "Peek a Boo" are from the Cricut Just a Note cartridge that is built into my Expression 2 Anniversary Edition.  The strip down the middle of the page is more PTI polka-dotted paper.

And lastly, "Sweet" and the bunny are from the Cricut Baby Steps cartridge.  I made the cute pocket for my bunny with the die from My Creative Time's Fun Pockets stamp and die set.

Here are some of the products used in this mini-album:


  1. Katie! What a fabulous project! I think you have used just about every tool in your craftroom! Every page is a work of art! Gorgeous! What a wonderful gift!

  2. This is so cute...I'll bet they'll love it...a beautiful gift! Lee-Ann :)

  3. This is so cute and super Sweet of you. Love this, better than any book you can buy at the store.


  4. Such a lovely mini album! I'm sure the new parents will treasure it.

  5. Adorable mini album -- what a great gift!

  6. Your album is adorable!! They will love it.


  7. This is darling Kaite! They are going to love it!

    Ruthie :)

  8. Katie ~ Oh my goodness! This turned out just FABULOUS! All the special details are simply AMAZING! You have such AWESOME vision ~ I am in AWE! They are going to just LOVE this, that new baby and you for taking the time to cherish their new baby! I can't even imagine the time you have spent on this but it is so worth it! I also LOVE ( like ALWAYS) list the sizes, what you used and how you did it on your posts! THANK YOU! SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL!!!!

  9. Fabulous project and a wonderful keepsake for the new parents.

  10. HOLY COW this is ADORABLE! I bet they are completely in LOVE with it. Each page is an absolute treasure. You did such an amazing job on this! Hugs- Glora

  11. That is such an awesome album, I might have to scrap lift this idea for my brother's new baby! I love all of the fun elements you used on the pages. I also love how each page is so unique. This is amazing and a wonderful hand crafted gift!

  12. super cute mini album, its soo pretty


  13. Hi Katie!
    WOW! What an AMAZING Baby Album! Every detail of your album is so ADORABLE and BEAUTIFUL....such a precious and priceless gift for your neighbor. Thank you for sharing your project and also including the supplies you used to create it. Have a wonderful day! :)


  14. That is so sweet! What an adorable baby album--great job!--Pat N.

  15. What an adorable mini album and a great gift to receive! You never cease to amaze me with your wonderful projects!

  16. What a sweet, beautiful baby gift for this family. I am sure they will adore this & save it for many years to come. I enjoyed your Blog too.
    Thanks, janis

  17. This is an amazing baby album. My little sister just found out she is pregnant and this would be the perfect gift for her. Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing.

  18. katie, your album is so stinkin' cute! each page is just adorable and I love that it's not super thick with chipboard! and how easy for the new (tired, busy) mom to add her pictures. I would have loved this when I was a new mom!!!


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