Monday, January 11, 2010

ABC year in review book

Okay this took me forever to finish (Its already 2010 so 2008 was a while ago). I love this book and it was a lot of fun to make. I went with an ABC theme because it was a great way to use a variety of pictures, quick journaling, I didn't want to go in chronological order so this was a good way to organize, and it will be great for my girls to practice their letters.

Here's how I made it. I came up with one word/theme for each letter that I thought best described our life at the time. I picked out a few of my favorite pictures from 2008 to highlight the word (this was the tricky part trying to narrow it down to just a few pictures). I used my digital scrapbooking software to create each layout. Printed each page as a 5x7. Then glued each picture to a piece of 8x8 cardstock and added to the album. Super easy! It took so long because I kept forgetting to order the prints. If you want to make this even easier print them as 4x6 pictures and just slip them into a mini album (you can get some at the dollar store). I chose this size because I wanted them larger to show more detail. I couldn't find an album to just slide them in but I already had this 8x8 album and paper kit so it worked out well (no cutting for me!)

Here's a peek into our book:
The cover-
E for Easter and F for Farm





Here's a close up of some of my favorites (there are a lot because I just couldn't narrow it down):





I usually don't really like to make mini albums but I am so happy I made this one. Did I mention I LOVE it! I love to scrapbook all of my pictures and go in order so the small ones just don't work for my style. I have made a few as gifts but that is it. This one happened because I wanted an ABC book for my girls and what better way then to have pictures of themselves. Also my software allows you to burn the slide show to a CD or DVD and add music and other stuff. I really love it with the music and I think my girls will like to watch it as well as look at this book.
I am adding this to:

11 comments:

  1. what a great idea! Just might steel this :) Great album

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  2. Very cute! On the Q page is she asleep with a bag handle in her mouth?? That's just too funny!

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  3. I love this! What a fun idea! I may be borrowing this one!

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  4. Absolutely LOVE this idea...thanks for sharing!

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  6. That is super neat I think that I will have to try this!

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  7. I think the N is for Naughty would have a bazillion pictures on it if I did this for my kiddo. That was a brilliant idea ;)

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  8. I LOVE IT!!!! You have totally inspired another project! I loved the N is for Naughty...the bathroom one cracked me up! Thanks for the wonderful idea.

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  9. I'm the opposite, I love mini albums, and ABC books are the best. It's a nice way to scrap pictures from all different times, places, etc. Plus I usually am able to use pictures that didn't quite make the cut for my larger family scrapbooks. This is also a nice size for your girls to look through together. ER finds the 12X12 books overwhelming.

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  10. Just Love this idea! it may just inspire me to do my own! can you tell me what software you use??? or one that you would recommend?

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  11. thanks for getting back to me! I appreciate it and it got me thinking -whatever did you come up with for the letter X??? lol

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