04 September 2011

A Picture Perfect Baby Girl Scrapbook

By Janette Miller

Lets do a fast exercise. I want you to picture someone showing you a scrapbook. A book designed for their baby girl. What kind of book are you visualising? Possibilities are it is going something along these lines:

It is a pink or lavender colour. There are bits of ribbon and lace on and around the pages. There are some pattens, most involve, pink and white and most probably have lines or checkered styles. Among them are countless pictures of the baby spread over a bunch of pages, which are over the space of around a year.

Did I get close? If not congratulations, you have visualised a different, and by extension, better scrapbook. The difficulty with most baby girl scrapbooks is that all too frequently, people fall into the pot-hole of using 'safe ' and 'standard ' colours and patterns in their books.

This always results in a scrapbook that may come out average at best, and bland at worst. To help scrappers avoid this issue, I have put together a guide of things I am doing and am not doing, when I make a baby girl scrapbook:

Pink is a choice!

You don't have to select pink or for that matter. Pink is the default option that most people use. Instead, consider what her fave colour is or the color of her favorite bits of clothing are. People will be quietly relived that they do not need to look at 'another pink baby scrapbook ' trust me.

There's More to Life Than Just Ribbon

That's right, ribbon is nice and I don't say "do not use it in your book", but only use light applications of ribbon and only once or twice in the book, otherwise it can give off the impression of being clich. Think about other materials children like, glitter, macaroni, stickers and colored pencils are all things kids love and will actually make your scrapbook stick out.

Style By Design

If you can, steer clear of plain pattens, stripes and checkered patterns are ok, but I really like to go for something with a bit more zeal. Floral designs or colored polka dots slot in very well and truly add some flavor to your book.

I do not really wish to tell you what you can't put into your book, that's personal and actually up to the creator, but next time you make a baby girl scrapbook, take the road less travelled and you'll create something special for that someone special!

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