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Baby Scrapbooking: 10 Things NOT To Do

Before my son was born almost 3 years ago, I decided to make a baby scrapbook in place of a pre-made baby book. I wanted to record all of his milestones and document his life in a book of my own making. Yet when my son was born (and someone gifted me one of those pre-made baby books), the scrapbook came to a halt.

So when Canon offered to send me a new Canon PIXMA printer and fancy photo paper, I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to continue with my scrapbooking efforts. Before the next one comes, I’d like to get a move on this overly ambitious project.

Which reminds me: Take a lesson from me and don’t make these mistakes when doing a baby scrapbook.


  • 1. DON’T wait until after your baby is born 1 of 10
    1. DON'T wait until after your baby is born
    I finished the pregnancy pages before my son was born, which was one less thing on my to-do list. And it helps to get a general idea of the book's layout and to prep pages while you can.
  • 2. DON’T glue down photo matting 2 of 10
    2. DON'T glue down photo matting
    Yet I was a little too on top of it. I glued down all of the photo matting for his "milestone" pages, assuming I'd just stick in pictures and write in the details. Yet so many of the pictures I wanted to use were vertical.
  • 3. DON’T collect random scrapbooking papers 3 of 10
    3. DON'T collect random scrapbooking papers
    It's a good idea to get a coherent look to the book, or at least a certain tone. Otherwise you're left with a bunch of papers that you have no use for.
  • 4. DON’T forget to be flexible 4 of 10
    4. DON'T forget to be flexible
    If you're prepping during pregnancy, I recommend creating mock samples of pages — collecting embellishments, cutting out several pieces of card stock for photo matting, etc. — and then store them away without gluing anything down. Inspiration may strike for a different layout in a few months, inspired by the photos.
  • 5. DON’T pick the wrong scrapbooking album 5 of 10
    5. DON'T pick the wrong scrapbooking album
    There are 4 main types of scrapbook albums, depending on what you need. I'd recommend buying an album that can add pages along the way.
    Read more about scrapbooking albums at Crop Candy.
  • 6. DON’T ignore downloadable scrapbooking resources 6 of 10
    6. DON'T ignore downloadable scrapbooking resources
    You can find tons of layouts and digital embellishments on craft blogs, craft Web sites, and in Etsy shops. Canon has an entire section of free downloadable scrapbooking materials.
    See more from Canon.
  • 7. DON’T use the wrong materials 7 of 10
    7. DON'T use the wrong materials
    Not all paper is equal when it comes to scrapbooking. If you want your book to last, you'll want to avoid any paper with acid in it — like construction paper. And most glue sticks aren't made to last.
    Photo via Danny Style/Flickr.
  • 8. DON’T buy cheap photo paper 8 of 10
    8. DON'T buy cheap photo paper
    I'm excited to try the scrapbooking line of photo paper from Canon.
    Canon Scrapbooking Bundle, $27.08
  • 9. DON’T be confined to pre-designed scrapbook paper 9 of 10
    9. DON'T be confined to pre-designed scrapbook paper
    I bet you can come up with way better ideas, just by using stickers and basic craft materials.
  • 10. DON’T stray from your personality 10 of 10
    10. DON'T stray from your personality
    See this? This is not my personality. I don't recognize myself in this. At the end of the day, your child will look back on this and see you.

Many thanks to Canon for sponsoring this post and for providing me (soon!) with a brand new shiny PIXMA printer to play with

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