Friday, September 30, 2011

A Scrapbook that is "Do-able"

Happy Birthday to my Sweet Jonah!

I did it! I finished Jonah's ABC book before his birthday! I have been doing ABC books for Jonah and Carson since they had their first birthdays. I thought I would stop at age five, but Jonah begged me to keep making them, and here we are, Jonah is SEVEN (?--where did the time go) and I am still making them, and having a lot of fun doing it.

I actually borrowed the idea for the ABC book from my good friend, Jenny Workowski. She made them for her kids and I really liked the idea. It is so do-able. I get overwhelmed trying to keep up with a scrapbook for my kids that includes all the goings on of day to day life--Christmas, birthdays, baseball games, first days of school. It seems like an endless process. But ABC books are simple, and they have a deadline. One or two (or sometimes even three) pictures per letter, and it has to be finished by their birthday. Done. Here's a sneak peek...

It's amazing how many pictures and memories I am able to squeeze into a 26 page book. This year I wrote a lot more on each page, making sure to document people and events we always want to remember.

I make sure to include grandmas and grandpas, aunts and uncles, and now cousins (yay!!!) so the boys are reminded of the family members we do not get to see as often. B is always for "Boompa" and "Boompa Drew" and now G will always be for "Griffin," as well as "GG" and "Grandma Linda."

This year, I actually considered making the boys' books digitally. But there is something about cropping the pictures of our boys' by hand, getting to choose how to display each picture (oval, square, triangle) and seeing my own handwriting under their sweet little faces that made me want to continue making them by hand. Plus, it is so much less expensive. I buy my materials at AC Moore, and I always use a coupon.

I usually struggle with the end of the alphabet. X stumps me, and so does Y. This year X is for "eXactly right," and Y is for "yellow sunset." Z is traditionally a sleeping picture, and as the boys have begun enjoying sleeping in the same bed on the weekends, I have found lots of opportunities to take pictures. This year, I was reminded of several events that did not find their way into Jonah's ABC book. My dad suggested an "addendum" to his book. So I am considering this tip. Just need to figure out how the addendum would work...


  1. I love it!! What a great idea!! I do think there is much to be said for an album that you cut the pictures out for and has your handwriting. A few years ago I did a digital album called "A Day in the Life of ...". It was a typical summer day that I took pictures of one child from the time they got out of bed to the time they returned.

  2. That is an awesome idea, Jacqueline. I'll have to file that idea away. Thanks so much for sharing!