Oh Baby, Baby!


One of the moms from my scrapbooking group recently gave birth to healthy twin girls. I finally got to meet them last week. They are much tinier than I had anticipated, but are still cute as can be.

Despite being overwhelmed by the constant feedings and diaper changing, the twins’ mom is doing something I would never consider attempting three weeks post partum: She’s piecing together the twins’ first scrapbook.

She received a ton of baby-themed scrapbooking supplies during her shower, but I didn’t think she would get crafting so soon after giving birth. Apparently, she doesn’t want to miss recording a single milestone. Currently, she is gathering quotes to add to various layouts. Some top picks include:

“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart” –Author Unknown

“A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for.” –Author Unknown

“Babies are such a nice way to start people.” –Don Herrold

“Birth is not only about making babies. It’s about making mothers; strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and believe in their inner strength.” –Barbara Katz Rothman

“A baby is a blank cheque made payable to the human race.” –Barbara Christine Seifert

Once she gathers all of her inspirational sayings, she plans to add them to page designs in a variety of ways. My favorite one of her ideas is to repeat the quote across plain cardstock to create one-of-a-kind paper. You can employ this technique on an array of themes, including weddings and anniversaries.

Another unique way to incorporate quotes on a layout is to print them on vellum and place it over a photo. Or, if you have a short quote, consider using rub-on letters to add the saying to an empty spot on the page. Short sayings could also be spelled out using letter stamps or stickers. If you don’t want to stamp the quote on your background paper, simply add it to a piece of ribbon or tag and attach it to the page.

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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.