Baby Reflections Journal/MiniBook

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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 12x12 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. 

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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 scrapbook.com 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.

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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.

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

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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.

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"Exhibit A" stamp from Catslife Press.

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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.

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

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Here's a look at it standing up:

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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.

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  1. Marty says…
    02/09/2009

    beautiful! almost maks me wish I was pregnant again :)

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  2. mary says…
    02/09/2009

    I saw the journal cards on designer digital yesterday and added them to my wish list - what a lovely idea. My girls are grown now, but I'm sure they wish I'd had half my current passion for documentation when they were smaller - your family is so blessed! ...one thought as I look at the pages you've prepared - are you thinking you'll use a page each day, or are you planning to separate your "thoughts" based on the journaling prompt? sorry if that seems so anal, but I'm thinking of using the journal cards for a travel journal, and curious.... thanks! and best wishes!!

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  3. Jenn N says…
    02/09/2009

    What a lovely book for sweet little "A" and you.

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  4. Janet says…
    02/09/2009

    Ali, Beautiful journal. I will be even more beautiful once you start filling it with snippets of your experiences with your new daughter. Happy thoughts are going out to you and your family.

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  5. Camille says…
    02/09/2009

    As I was looking at this, I thought, "this looks very sweet & Valentine-y.... which is perfect for this little girl who will be born right around the holiday. The epitome of all the love!
    Love it!

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  6. Jenni says…
    02/09/2009

    simply beautiful. you are right, gorgeous paper. enjoy every minute filling up the pages with memories and moments with your new daughter.
    I have a 3 year old son and a daughter turning one in 2 weeks. It's pure joy to have one of each.
    God Bless your family!

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  7. Molly Irwin says…
    02/09/2009

    simply wonderful :)
    be well ...

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  8. Susan Hessler says…
    02/09/2009

    Simply beautiful. It almost feels a little too intimate to share, but I'm so glad you did. I hope you enjoy many quiet moments to reflect in your beautiful journal.
    And, as always, peace.
    Susan

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  9. JeanneD says…
    02/09/2009

    Gorgeous project!!! Hope you don't have to wait much longer to use it.

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  10. Davinie says…
    02/09/2009

    Simply BRILLIANT.

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  11. Claudine Hemingway says…
    02/09/2009

    Ali, it is lovely! I love Anna Griffin's paper and can't seem to use them, I love them so much. Can't wait to see the bundle, sending good thoughts down I-5.

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  12. Olivia says…
    02/09/2009

    Love the journal Alli, simple yet beautiful and effective. It must be such a pleasure to be using lovely pink feminine papers!! Congratulations and Welcome to little A as soon as she arrives. Hoping and praying the delivery all goes well for you.

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  13. Katie says…
    02/09/2009

    I'm expecting number 4 in early April and "need" to do something like this to make sure I document those special feelings and thoughts that accompany having a new little one. What a treasure for your daughter to have!

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  14. Laura Melohn says…
    02/09/2009

    What a great project! Love the colors and the great design!

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  15. stephanie says…
    02/09/2009

    This is just precious. It's so simple, really it's all you need as you jot down those first impressions w/ your new baby girl. :)

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  16. alison says…
    02/09/2009

    hi ali,
    super cute and classic as usual... i think the butterfly stamp might be one they carry at michael's, not sure. i'll check when i get home from work :)
    - a

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  17. brenda says…
    02/09/2009

    Where was this 5 months ago???? It's beautiful. I wish I had thought of something like this when my son was born in September.
    Best of luck to you and your family. Children are such blessings.

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  18. Emily J. says…
    02/09/2009

    Love it!! A great keepsake for you! TFS.

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  19. Kim D says…
    02/09/2009

    Ali,
    I love it.... You are so creative. I can't wait to see what you design next.

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  20. LindiG says…
    02/09/2009

    absolutely adorable and will be treasured by "little baby A" I'm certain....

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  21. LindiG says…
    02/09/2009

    absolutely adorable and will be treasured by "little baby A" I'm certain....

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  22. sue says…
    02/09/2009

    Ali,
    Beautifully done! What a nice thing to take to the hospital with you to record your very first feelings after holding your little "A" for the very first time. (I hope that A stands for Amy. I have one of those! LOL) Good luck and I'll be praying for you and the little one.
    Sue

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  23. Candi Tardio says…
    02/09/2009

    so adorable ali!!! can't wait to see the little one :)
    take care!

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  24. Rebecca Vavic says…
    02/09/2009

    Ali... this is darling gorgeous!
    What a beautiful keepsake.
    Bxo

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  25. Rachel Anderson says…
    02/09/2009

    your notebook is darling. sending lots of happy and healthy wishes your way for both you and baby A. =)

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