Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

February 9, 2009

Baby Reflections Journal/MiniBook


One of the things I am hoping to do over the next few weeks after the new baby arrives is document some of those thoughts, feelings, emotions, and observations in a little journal/minibook. The concept is simple; putting it together is simple. In this case I wanted something that was smaller, that could go in a bag or sit on my bedside table, that was easy to grab and jot down my reflections. 

Am I going to have another more traditional baby book? Maybe. Most likely I will just start doing some scrapbook pages that document the stories of her life that will go into a 12×12 album. I imagine that some of those stories may come from what gets written down within the pages of this journal.

I envision adding a few photos to this little book (photos glued back to back and added in as pages) and other pieces of "stuff" maybe from the hospital, tags from clothes, etc.

The inside follows a simple formula of printed journal cards and patterned papers. I have been holding on to these patterned papers from Anna Griffin for years and was so excited to finally put them to good use. They are some of my favorites. 


The "A" stamp is from the See and Stamp Jumbo Uppercase Alphabet Stamps
set. Ink is Color Box/Hero Arts (it's the perfect little selection of six pinks). 

The album I am using is a new three ring Memory Binder album from Heidi Swapp/Janet Hopkins that fits 5 inches x 7 inches pieces of paper and should be available in March. Here's a link to where you can sign up for notification when it becomes available. It comes with a bunch of different pockets and pages and envelopes and such but I removed them for this particular project. I did leave two page protectors in the back as collection pockets.

The interior pages are a combination of patterned paper and "reflections" journal cards that are available for download through Designer Digitals. Simply open on your computer and print on white cardstock. What's cool about these cards is that they don't have to be used in a baby journal. The cards include the words: reflections, remember,
memories, moments, today, and together. Use them to document a new
life, one that has passed on, an adventure, your one little word, a
time of transition, daily thoughts, etc. So many possibilities.


The scalloped edges on the patterned paper were created using the Fiskars Threading Water Border Punch and the new Scallop Sentiment Border Punch (scallops without the holes). For the pages like you see above, I took two small strips of the patterned paper, adhered them back to back, used the border punch and then adhered it between two journal cards. These pages are a bit wider than 5 inches with the scallop border added.


Making Memories dimensional hearts "sweets"
adhered with a glue dot. Perfectly simple.


Making Memories Trim
+ Heidi Swapp Heart Ghost Shape + Tim Holtz Trinket Pin

I repeated the basic foundation pattern and flow for each spread: metal-rimmed circle accent, plastic
"sweets" heart from Making Memories, and finally a piece of trim with
a heart and dangling accents.


"Exhibit A" stamp from Catslife Press.

IMG_5069 IMG_5070 



Making Memories Trim + Jenni Bowlin Felt Heart + Making Memories Love Charm

And repeat again. I didn't do the patterned papers in any particular order – just adhered them to the backs of some of the journal cards.


I have no idea where that butterfly stamp is from anymore. Anyone?





Here's a look at it standing up:


I can't wait to begin filling it up. For now I am leaving the cover plain – maybe I will do something with it or I may just leave it as is. It is now tucked away in my hospital bag – ready and waiting for this next experience to begin.


  • 1.
    candace said…

    ALI – you have to be the most creative person ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 2.
    Kim Hacking said…

    Very sweet Ali! Happy Baby Journey!

  • 3.
    Tyra said…

    It’s beautiful. I’m very happy for your family and praying for you.
    Follow your instincts and you’ll do a great job. Just remember, you know what feels right your you and your family. You’re already a terrific mom. You know what to do.

  • 4.
    Deb Jones said…

    I really like your little journal. It’s so sweet and just the thing. The baby will soon be here and then you will have so much fun filling that journal up with all the special things that go on.

  • 5.
    Elisabeth said…

    Beautiful…lucky little “A” to have such a sweet Momma.

  • 6.
    Amy said…

    Just beautiful Ali!! I am going to have to buy those journaling pages and use them for something! :) I love the Anna Griffin paper! And the Making memories love charm! Definitely going to go check that one out. Just perfect for a sweet tiny baby. :)

  • 7.
    LizT said…

    VERY cute.. what a great thing to have with you at the hospital, to be able to start right from the very moment your eyes meet! :)

  • 8.
    Anne L said…

    Beautiful! Suddenly, I wish I am having a baby also and create such beautiful journal. A wonderful day to you.

  • 9.
    Rebekah said…

    It’s a treasure, Ali. What a sweet time in your life and what a blessed baby she will be.

  • 10.
    kim said…

    oh man that is so stinkin’ cute I just want to eat it up! Simply lovely… you’re good.

  • 11.
    Janine Boyd said…

    Such a beautiful book, Ali. Enjoy the early days with your new babe:)

  • 12.
    Mary K said…

    Thank you so muck for sharing. I have a few friends who are having babies and I love to make them special presents and I think these are going to do the trick.

  • 13.

    so sweet & simple! Love everything about it!

  • 14.
    Amy said…

    Very cute! Thank you for inspiring me every day!

  • 15.
    AmberCA said…

    ‘Simply’ lovely! It is perfect, plenty of room to put that precious little one’s photos. I am awaiting anxiously to see the first glimpses of your new miracle.
    Amber Osburn

  • 16.
    Stephanie S. said…

    Just lovely! I bet you are ready to start filling it up!

  • 17.
    Kim Loewen said…

    What a great way to remember those special moments!!! It’s so beautiful :)

  • 18.
    Sara said…

    That is very sweet Ali. I love all the special touches. And the picture in the previous post makes me smile. You look great!

  • 19.
    Jennifer said…

    any day now…..congratulations!!!!

  • 20.
    Sara said…

    That is very sweet Ali. I love all the special touches. And the picture in the previous post makes me smile. You look great!

  • 21.
    sue Treiber said…

    Beautiful! I can’t wait to see it filled up.

  • 22.
    Nancy said…

    Beautifully simple! I love how it’s feminine and girly without being too LITTLE girly or babyish. Will be great to see how you fill it out.

  • 23.
    meredith said…

    We’re having a little one in July, and you’ve just settled my debate on how to document all my musings. It’s perfect!

  • 24.
    yasmin said…

    Wow! gorgeous, i only wish i would have done something like this for my kids, you are so talented! thanks for sharing!
    yasmin in ca

  • 25.
    Holly A. Moss said…

    It is sure to be your daughter’s most treasured possession. It’s magnificent.

  • 26.
    Susan said…

    a beautiful little book for jotting memories.

  • 27.
    Kim K said…

    Love it! So great that you hung on to those fabulous papers…they’re perfect for your new little girl! Love all the little extras, too! Simple and lovely.

  • 28.
    Kristin Rutten said…

    Such a sweet book and so versatile. I’m sure it’ll become a wonderful keepsake. I didn’t do a traditional “baby book” either for my girls, instead just doing scrapbook layouts and incorporating everything I like about a regular baby book. It feels much more personal that way… best wishes for a safe and happy delivery! :)

  • 29.
    Wendy A said…

    Ali – it’s beautiful – what a great, easy way to document this exciting time. I am sure I am not alone when I say I cannot wait the addition of your new little one & we get our first glimpse of her (when you are ready to share of course!!). Wishing you all the blessings of this wonderful time.

  • 30.
    amanda said…

    I really love it, I wish you would have posted it about 4 months ago, but I can’t copy everything you do right!

  • 31.

    It’s a georgous book, what a wonderful way to record the memories…what an exciting time for you and the family. Your 39 weeks photo is so beautiful!

  • 32.
    Kathryn Martin said…

    Darling book! It’ll look even more fabulous filled with photos and birth stories! Great thing to bring to the hospital! Wishing you all the best. :)

  • 33.
    agnieszka said…

    ubelievelly beautiful…., as always so classy and cute , I’m in love with that album and like every other cration of yours good job:) good luck with delivery :) )))))

  • 34.
    Sara said…

    Congrats! Now you’re ready! How lucky she will be!

  • 35.
    Angie said…

    You are such an inspiration to me! I absolutely adore your wonderful creations and your wonderful outlook on life and documenting it!

  • 36.
    Nicky from Canada said…

    It is perfect and I imagine that it will be just as loved as your other journals and photobooks. I can’t tell you how much the ones that I created with your inspiration and help are loved at our house. I love all the finger prints and some corners turn up, but they are such a joy to share and look thru.
    Can’t wait to see yours with the pictures of your new little one and your growing family!! And can’t wait to see Simon with his baby sister.
    Love it!!

  • 37.
    poopsicle said…

    Beautiful and a lucky girl to have you as mommie. All the best :-)
    p.s can i ask you where you got that beautiful sweater you’re wearing :-)

  • 38.
    anna said…

    beautifil Ali

  • 39.
    Susan said…

    At some point, Ali, write yourself a note about your current impressions of your “little boy.” My own son was nearly 7 when I brought his baby sister home… and nobody warned me how LARGE and GROWN-UP and LOUD and OVERWHELMING my precious little boy would suddenly seem next to a tiny baby. Just an impression I wish I had expected… and been more prepared for… so I didn’t suddenly expect so much from him for no reason except that he seemed so much bigger when I returned from the hospital than when I left.

  • 40.
    Aimee said…

    ~beautifully delicate~

  • 41.
    Melanie said…

    I love everything that you do. It all has such love in it. Congrats on little A. She is a blessing. Enjoy every minute.

  • 42.
    annie bellamy said…

    IT’s simple and beautiful! Just lovely.

  • 43.
    Dawn said…

    Absolutely beautiful…TFS…I wish you lots of luck and best wishes as you welcome your new little one. What a wonderful adventure!

  • 44.
    virginia said…

    That’s beautiful. I love it so much…. the simplicity of it is perfect.
    That butterfly stamp looks like one I have from Fontwerks. Maybe that’s where it’s from?

  • 45.
    Lisa said…

    Wow, simply beautiful! It’s so sweet and perfect for a little baby girl. Thank you for sharing.

  • 46.
    Kimberly White said…

    what a wonderful little book! May you be blessed as you welcome this new life into our world! Kim

  • 47.
    Malea said…

    I just love this journal! I did something very similar for when my daughter was born (in December) – my plan was to include my own thoughts, photos of her, and also pages for her visitors to write something if they wanted (with a photo of them holding her). She came early though and had to stay in the NICU, so we didn’t get to do the visitor part of the album. It’s now turned into an album of her first month, and I’m continuing to add to it.

  • 48.
    Marilyn said…

    Oh Ali, this keepsake jounal album for the baby is perfect. It’s so precious it invites you to write everything you and the baby experience together. How did you get your handwriting on the pages? It’s time, everything is in it’s place. I guess she loves where she is! God Bless to you both!
    Prayers are with you

  • 49.
    April Styles said…

    I made a book similar to this when my son was born last year – just to fill in as I please and glue photos in – not a typical scrapbook but a book to give to him in the future of all the REAL moments…xx

  • 50.
    Wendy Kwok said…

    this is so sweet and beautiful….. I like that there is so much room for journaling. My fav

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