Written and Created by PaperCraftCentral Susan
Stuck for baby scrapbooking ideas? Here's one you might like!
"A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for
Baby scrapbooking ideas can sometimes be hard to find. I was thinking about this the other day when someone asked me how to put a favourite bib in their album. I looked on the 'net to see if other people had done this, but found very little information available.
So I thought I would help out and give you some ideas about how to include memorabilia like this in your baby albums.
After all, if one person asks about it, others are probably wondering too, right?
First, choose a suitable blank album. You will need it to have the number of pages you want to create as well as these other features:
If you plan to use several thicker items in your project, it may be a good idea to start out with an album with large book binding rings to hold it together. You could have an album that could be quite thick that way, if the thickness of the bibs or any other memorabilia you want to preserve concerns you.
Remember that your photos, journaling cards and other decorative elements like buttons and bows will also add thickness to the finished album.
There is always more than one way to do something in the craft world. Here are a few ideas for you to consider:
Some of my friends have used bibs in their scrapbooks and have cut away the back layer (most are two layers thick at least), only using the top layer as an embellishment or design element. This reduces the thickness of the element by about half, though the binding may cause the layer to still be the original thickness in the edges.
You should be able to use a strong double sided adhesive like sticky strip that Stampin' Up!
used to make to adhere material to your cardstock.(You can get redline
tape from many scrapbook and craft stores now). I also used Fast Fuse
Adhesive which Stampin' Up! used to make, and their current double-sided Tear 'n tape is also
Or you could attach fabric items with a collection of pretty buttons. Go ahead and stitch the buttons through the paper and the bib. You could use a paper piercing tool to make it easier for you to push the needle through the thick cardstock first. You could also thread ribbon or twine through the buttons if the holes are big enough and stick the buttons on with strong glue dots.
You may be surprised to know you can also sew the bibs to the page with a
sewing machine. I often use sewing on my paper projects and keep one
machine needle aside just to sew through paper as it may catch on finer
fabrics once it has sewn through paper. If you have room for a sewing machine near your paper crafting supplies, you may be surprised how often you may think to use it.
Add some fabric interfacing to the back of the bib if you want an extra smooth look to it before you stitch it or pin it to the page with your chosen method.
You could also sandwich the bib between two sheets of cardstock, one of which
has a 'window' cut out of it to show either one or both sides of the
bib (the back side would be a feature for the next page in your album
this way). Use Window Sheets to encase the bib in the cutout and help preserve it from dust and fingerprints..
Of course, these methods will work for other creative keepsakes such as favourite clothing, washers, pieces of sheeting, blanket squares, small fabric toys or pillow cases etc, so don't just think of bibs for your baby scrapbooking ideas.
If you decide not to preserve the actual bib, do take a photo just featuring it for your album.
would love to have seen a photo of my baby wearing her favourite bib in
my album, but I seemed to only choose to photograph her when she was
clean and neat! Lol! Though there was that ice cream incident.... If I had such a photo and the bib itself, I would probably feature both on the same scrapbook page.
I would love to see how you have used an unusual item like bibs in your own scrapbook so hope you will share with me. It can really help other crafters as well to see some of your ideas, especially as I didn't see much about doing this in my searches.
You could help out a fellow memory keeper by showing us your project!
Please do share your scrapbook layouts and projects below.