Scrapbooking 101, courtesy Martha Stewart

Filed under: Adoption, Work Life, Development/Milestones: Babies

So I've been talking a lot about baby books and adoption life books lately, and I promised myself that on this trip to the United States, I was going to make a point to visit an art supply store to get started on my daughter Alex's life book.  Well, today's the day.

Thing is, I'm going to this store with a bit of trepidation.  I haven't a clue where to begin.  Luckily, as a photographer, I have a ton of pictures, including photographs of Alex's birthfamily, so there's no issue there.  But if I'm going to do this, I want to do it right.  I want to make it visually stimulating, so Alex is drawn to look at it and understand it as she grows older.  But I also want it to be a keepsake, so as an adult, it's something that she can share with her husband and children and grandchildren.

And I've never done anything like this in my life.

Luckily, Martha Stewart comes to the rescue:  Martha is currently featuring an article on how to get started scrapbooking.  Who knew archival paper was designed to absorb acid in the long-term?  Or that invisible vellum tape is better than other adhesives?  Not me, I promise you that.  She even has recommended tools, and scrapbooking techniques.  Score.

So I'm off to the store, armed with my Martha-wisdom.  What about you scrapbookers out there -- any technical tips I should keep in mind?

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.