Budget Baby Book

Besides vacations and weddings, the most popular theme for scrapbooks is baby.

Preserving adorable baby photos, as well as memorabilia, stories and fun facts from the first days of a child’s life is almost irresistible for moms and dads. Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can craft a baby scrapbook without breaking the bank.

One of the most convenient options is to tap into free printables. These money-saving embellishments allow you to create an eye-popping baby book without draining Junior’s college fund. All you need is Internet access, a computer and a color printer.

My daughter’s baby scrapbook includes a number of free printables, including patterned paper featuring teddy bears, rattles and pacifiers. I also turned to the Internet to print out worksheets that I included in the baby memory book as well. For example, one website offered a sheet detailing the origins of baby names that I used along with a comprehensive print out of the birth story. You can also find sheets that will help you complete a family tree or track your baby’s first words.

Scrapbook Scrapbook was invaluable when it came to printing out special occasion items for my daughter’s memory album. The website has free printables for a myriad of scrapbook essentials, from artwork to quotes. In addition, Scrapbook Scrapbook is one of the only sites where you can print out entire layouts (you just provide the photos and journaling) at no charge. I would highly recommend visiting the company if you are looking to create holiday page designs. They have adorable printables for Christmas, Easter and baby’s first birthday. Other popular themes include baby’s baptism and a first trip to grandma’s house.

Finally, don’t forget to take advantage of the free growth record printables available for scrappers. The sheets help you record baby’s developmental milestones, including height, weight, head circumference and other important measurements. There’s even room for documenting when your baby sits up or walks for the first time.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.