Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Our Sweet Baby Girl

What could be more precious than a newborn baby?  Oh, how I miss those days.  I love the way they smell, the way they coo and cry, and how completely dependent they are on you to supply their every need.  Newborn is my most favorite stage, and it passes by oh so quickly.  Sometimes I wish I could wave my magic wand and transport to a day in the lives of each of my children, and hold them again as newborns.  I guess at this point, I need to focus on the Grandchildren I will have someday.

While I was in Minnesota crafting with my BFF, Patti Lyn, we made these sweet mini albums using Crate Paper's new Little Bo Peep line.  I just love this sweet new collection of patterned papers, chipboard and goodies.  We had to choose between the girl line and the boy line, and we were drawn to this wonderful girl line.  Here is the finished product.  I can't wait to give it to someone and see how it looks with the photos added to it.

Front Cover (I plan to add the baby's name to the bottom right of this page):

Back side of Front Cover/Page 2:

Front Side of Tag Insert/Page 3:

Back Side of Tag Insert/Page 4:

Front of Back Cover/Page 5 (Pocket for Extra Photos):

I didn't photograph the outside of the back cover.  I bound this mini album using my Zutter Bind-it-All and tied on some ribbons/laces.  LOTS of stuff going on here.  If you have any questions, just let me know.

I wanted to share this project in the AWESOME new challenge this week at Stampin' Sisters in Christ because I love their challenge blog.  They are the "Sister Site" to Word Art Wednesday so I love to play along there as much as possible. They're offering a wonderful prize this week from Denami Designs, so I'm crossing my fingers.  I always trust that God is in control of ALL THINGS.

http://www.stampinsistersinchrist.blogspot.com/2012/08/challenge-151-i-peter-22-3.html - Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge Blog - Challenge #151 - A Baby/Pastel Challenge

http://pausedreamenjoychallenges.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/52-questions-ch-31-cupcakes-or-baby.html - Pause Dream and Enjoy Challenges - Challenge #31 - Cupcakes or Babies

http://paperplaychallenges.blogspot.com/2012/08/12-week-31-layer-it-up.html - Paper Play Challenges - Week #31 - Layer It Up - LOTS of layers going on here for sure.

http://kcclayoutchallenges.blogspot.com/2012/08/lmcb-100-bingo-and-giveaway.html - Lasting Memories Layout Challenges - BINGO.  My BINGO is:  Diagonally:  Ribbons, Frames, FREE, Cardstock, Letters.  These are 8x8 layouts made into a mini album.

For those of you who are just beginning your journey as mothers, the best advice I can give you is to cherish every moment while they are newborns.  This time passes by much too quickly, and is such a precious gift from God.  And for those of you who are either Grandparents or approaching that chapter in your lives, you know exactly what I mean.  Oh. . . .where IS that magic wand?

Before I sign off today, I want to mention that my on-line friend, Barbara Dersken, has some lovely freebies and other items for sale on her blog.  You can check it out here:  Barbara's Blog

Thanks for visiting me today.  Have a wonderful day, my crafty friends.

Blessing to you all,


  1. This is so beautiful. I love it. Thanks for playing with us at Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges. :) Janis
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  2. What adorable mini! Love the paper line and cute embellies

  3. Lovely! I have to tell you: when you hold your newborn grandchild in your arms, it feels like you have gone back in time and are holding your own little baby again. It's the best feeling, and I'm glad to say I've experienced it 4 times now.

  4. Hi Karen

    THANKS so much for the mention and link, I truly appreciate it! I'm looking forward to joining the WAW challenge this week!

    I LOVE your card, I have some pretty paper which is similar which I've been ITCHING to play with and you're inspiring me to dig into it!

    If I can ever make a custom graphic for you simply say the word and it's yours!


  5. This is adorable!! I love it!!
    Marissa Isabel

  6. Such a gorgeous mini album and such a lovely gift any new mom would adore!! ~ Blessings, Tracey


  7. Very lovely!!!! What a wonderful gift:) Thanks for joining us at Lasting Memories!
    Elizabeth LMDT

  8. Oh my gosh I ordered this paper and it should soon be here. Your layouts are so gorgeous. I love them all. Such awesome colors and details. Thanks for sharing at Lasting Memories.

  9. Oh Karen, this is stunning!! What a beautiful gift this would be for someone. I know what you mean about our kid's growing so quickly. Our son just turned 16 and our daughter will be 12 in Oct. I look at them and I can't even believe how much/fast time has flown by. I love your advice as much as your album. Thank you so much for joining us at Lasting Memories this week and hope to see you again!!!

    1. This is such a beautiful book. I couldn't agree with Karen more....I am having a son in October and any expecting parent would love such a beautiful place to put their memories.
      Thanks for being a part of our challenge at Lasting Memories!

  10. Hi Karen! Your little book is absolutely adorable...every single page!! Love the colors, the DPs, your layouts, stitching and embellishments! Wow! Great job! Thanks for joining us again at SSiC this week!

  11. This is gorgeous!!! Your ability to embellish amazes me every project!!! Do you give lessons? :)

  12. What a terrific mini! Love it! Thanks for joining us at Lasting Memories.

  13. This is wonderful Karen! I love that tiny newborn stage best to! I agree, you must remember each time that you're up in the middle of the night to watch them sleep in your arms because they won't be little for very long!
    Love the album you've created! Lots of work, but fabulous!

  14. Gosh this is just gorgeous!! And how lucky we are to see it! Thank you so much for sharing with us over at Lasting Memories!! Hope to see you again soon!!!

  15. Hi Karen, what a beautiful blog you have and I just love this baby album you made! I especially like the one with the clothesline!!! Patsy from
    HeARTworks and

  16. Oh Karen this is so sweet and cheerful. It would be an honour to receive something like this.

  17. I love mini albums and this is one of the prettiest I've ever seen! Love girly things!

  18. Oh, my...this turned out absolutely beautiful AND adorable!!

  19. Psssst!! Hey Karen! I have already commented here but I couldn't find an email to contact you......so I do wish to apologize for hijacking your blog :) I would love to thank you for your kind words regarding the Lasting Memories Design team!!! I neglected to add "DT" to my comment of this awesome entry but your kind words to our illustrious leader Karen made our day!!! I'm a blog follower of your and most likely came across your project thru my google reader rather than the entry link and just forgot to add Dt.......not that it matters :) I'm so happy you had a great experience and hope you continue to play along! This is the best group of ladies I have ever had the pleasure of working with and I am so happy to see them get the kudos they deserve!!

    Have a wonderful, wonderful day!! You certainly have made ours!!!!

    Tina (LMDT......I need that tattooed to my forehead so I don't leave it out....LOL)

  20. This is adorable thanks for sharing with us at lasting memories

  21. Gorgeous! I love girlish albums like yours!