There was a woman who lived in a desert far far away.  (Okay it was Phoenix but you get the idea.)  She was married to her knight in shining armor and had three beautiful children!  She also had a full-time job, laundry, house work and lots of responsibilities.  Then one day she was introduced to scrapbooking!  This was like a dream come true.  It was amazing the magic that could be performed thru this hobby.

Currently this woman, or for purposes of this project shall be refered to as the favorite Auntie,  was most excited by working on a project that she squeezed in between all of the above listed responsibilities.  This project became layers of cardstock wrapped in the beauty of glittery embellishments and ribbon!  The end result was amazing.

In order to fully understand this tale you must first go back several months!  This favorite Auntie was so thrilled to find out she was going to be an Auntie AGAIN!!  For those of you who have experienced this you will understand having more babies added to the family never gets old.  There is always so much love and it just grows as we add.

My sister, my only sister, sent the picture to the right to our family to announce she was expecting and would be due in August!!  I couldn’t be more thrilled.  Of course all I could think of was how much fun it would be to do something crafty for this new little baby.    So again I am going to jump ahead, which is still backwards if you are keeping track, so you will fully be informed!!

I have been eye-balling smash books lately!  They are like a journal but to make a long story short you can journal right on the pages in no particular order and glue in items that are of sentimental value!  They even come with some thing called a smash stick, a pen with ink on one side and glue on the other.  I thought the idea of having all these mementos in one convenient location was brilliant!

These pages are the month that we all got to find out what the gender of the baby was!!  As I’m sure you notice that everything is PINK it is indeed going to be a girl!!  I couldn’t wait to get started on this project now that I knew it was going to be a girl!  I envisioned lots of glitter and pretties!  I think the weight of this book alone comes from all the ribbon!! It is similar to the same concept of a Smash Book, just with a few more personal touches added!

So now back to the beginning!!  I hope you are ready for you personal guided tour of this pregnancy keepsake book!

This first two pages has lots of spaces for adding pictures and notes.  On the left is a pocket that has journaling cards that can be clipped or glued anywhere in the book.  The right page is similar to that of a French memo board.  I used ribbon that was a very light pink.  Then I added some pink sparkly brads to pull it all together.  I just followed the quilt-like pattern of the paper to line up my ribbon and brads.  If you are using paper that doesn’t have a convenient pattern you can equally space them apart using a ruler and mark with a pencil very easily.

This is just a closer shot of the pocket.  I also used a vellum treat bag and added a tab to add a little something extra.

Also remember how I mentioned earlier I added lots of ribbon?  Most of the pages are edged with a ribbon or large ric-rac.  I added the ribbon and then layered the paper on top to simulate the look of ric-rac on the edge of quilt would look.  It added lots of fluff to the book!  There is some empty space at the top of this page so that items can be glued in or journaling can be done in the empty space explaining anything tucked into the memo board.

This is one of my favorite pages in the book.  I think we have established that life is crazy and chaotic even on a good day.  We have such well-meaning intentions.  My sister is truly amazing.  She has been keeping a notebook with letters to her baby girl.  I know letters that my parents wrote to me thru my childhood are treasures.  I will always keep them.  I wanted to give her a place to keep the letters together.  Her and I actually came up with this idea together.  These flaps open for a place to insert the letters.  I was really excited though that there is a magnet attached to the back side of the key hole and another magnet on the inside of the flap to hold it shut and keep the flaps from hanging open.

This is what the inside of the flaps look like.  I took a two prong file folder and used the prongs to fasten the letters into place.  They were a little long so I did trim them down with wire cutters.  My sister came up with this idea.  I thought it was brilliant!  I don’t have the letters as they are personal thoughts but she will be able to hole-punch the tops of the letters and fill it up!

The left page is blank with some embellishments so that she can journal or add other items.  I cut the flourish with my Cricut and then just trimmed the edge with some cute pink fluffy ribbon.

The first order of business after adding some important keepsake pages was to be able to add a place to keep track of important dates.  I decided the best way to break this down was by month.  Each set of pages is broken down into months of her pregnancy.  This is the first month where she announced she was expecting!!

I added lots of ribbon and I had lots of fun adding ribbon to the piece of chipboard on the left page.  First I inked it and then ran a black ribbon with white polka dots.  For the page on the right There was a pocket and inside I stuffed a calendar and behind the calendar is an extra folder type piece of cardstock to stuff goodies into. I love the layered look but still tried to leave room for her journaling about what was going on and how she was feeling.  Each month has a chipboard number that identifies which month of pregnancy.  It also coincides with what month during the calendar year it was.

Each set of pages is different.  I intentionally did this.  I have made some very coordinated books and I have made some that have no rhyme or reason.  Both are great.  You have to love what you make.  I generally try to go with I like.  If someone asks me to make things to their liking I’m also happy to do that.

I just really wanted this book to be all about a baby girl.  I had so much fun using those precious items I’d been saving for the perfect project.  They all got to come together in one place.

One of the fun things I did was use a product called Diamond Glaze to make the chipboard numbers really pop!  The consistency is similar to that of glue.  It dries clear and smooth.  It is raised for added dimension.  It does take a little time to dry but it is well worth the wait!

I added this bow but it just seemed so sad and lifeless.  I added a safety-pin with some additional ribbon tied to it, a bead with the letter “g” for girl and a baby carriage charm.  I love how it went from a bland bow to a fun embellishment with charm!  (Yep I really did just say that!)

Below is a shot of both pages together.  I went with a lighter color scheme on this page and really love the soft yellow on the right side.  I added one of the first pictures of my sister pregnant.  Sorry, no belly shots this early!  She is cute for sure though.  I rounded the corners on the picture and added a little embellishment that identifies how far along she is here.  She is definitely glowing and cute!  She is going to make a great mom!

Again there is lots of space here for adding additional items or journaling. 

This set of pages for three months was fun and I wanted it to be super girly because it’s when the big gender reveal happened.  You can’t see the picture but in the vellum envelope with the pink tab are pictures of cupcakes with pink filling.  I added some paper so she can write out how they chose to do the reveal!

This is a closer shot of the pocket.  Also the cream color die cut page opens so that additional journalling can be done underneath.  You can see what looks like a Polaroid picture paper clipped underneath.  I printed out one of her first shots of her baby bump and added it to a piece of cardstock from Die Cuts With A View Timeless Type stack.  I just inserted a wallet size picture into the polaroid shaped paper.

For the right side of the page I added lots of envelopes for adding mementos as she will be collecting ultrasound pictures and other items.  I love the way this calendar turned out.  I used a little card that has the calendar inside.  It pokes out just enough to see what month it is and when you open it there is space enough for journaling.

For Month four I went with more reds and yellows.  The page on the right has a picture of my sister and I just added some tiny stickers right onto the picture.  I always felt somehow this was not okay to add stickers onto the picture but was excited with how this looked in the book!  The chipboard letter here I inked and then added the Diamond Glaze to.  I like how the red ties these two pages together quite nicely.  On the right side the die cut shaped paper is attached so that it is another pocket and can be journaled on.

One thing I really love about month five was how I was able to add a pop of blue while still remaining true to the girl theme and keeping it feminine.  I used a glittery spray ink on the chipboard 5 and then added the diamond glaze.  You can still see sparkles thru the glaze.  It’s super fun!  The blue cardstock behind the calendar is actually just a folded piece of cardstock trimmed with the opposite side of the paper.  I left it more plane so that there was lots of space for journaling.  The other thing was this book was becoming increasingly thick with all the goodies attached so this one is simple while adding a pop of color to the page.

One of the really fun things I loved about making this book was I was able to use so many items in my stash.  On the right side of this page on the bottom I used a patterned paper that is a little vintage and has the feel of a pattern used for sewing.  I just never knew what to use it for.  Well I saw this and just had to use it for this book.  Because my sister is having a girl I thought it would be so fun to fill in the little girl’s dress pink.  I used my Smooch Ink by Clearsnap.  These are super fun and easy to work with because they come packaged liked nail polish.  It adds another fun feminine touch to this page.

Then to personalize it, I added another pregnancy shot of my cute sister.

Month six has two sets of pockets.  The pocket on the right I added using a pre-cut piece of cardstock that I had in my stash.  It was too cute not to use.  Behind the pocket is a velum envelope with more pregnancy shots!  I was looking for a fun way to trim the bottom of the page so I added a fluffy piece of black ribbon and layered it with a light piece of pink ribbon where I knotted it every inch or so.  I really like the dainty touch adding the strait pins with the pink ends creates.  I did find a trick for not having them poke out and harm any innocent fingers.  I used a pair of wire cutters to trim off any excess.

Month seven was a great month!  There are lots of cute shots here and the baby shower invitation!!  This is a pretty simple layout for these two pages but still leaves lots of room for adding fun things like well wishes from those who sent gifts or a copy of a baby registry.  Behind the piece of large chipboard on the top of the right page it opens to reveal the calendar month.  Again important dates can be added.

Month 8, and as it notes on the bottom right page she is almost there!!  This is actually where she is right now!  We are all getting so excited to meet this new little one!  I added several envelopes to this pocket as I’m sure she will have lots of things to stuff the envelopes with.

This is just a close up of all the fun goodies!

Month 9 is always super busy!  This particular page has room to write all the baby’s information in.  My niece doesn’t have a name yet.  Mom and Dad are still deciding.  I’ve heard a couple of choices and love them all.  I know that’s such a hard choice picking a name for someone so important and loved to carry with them their entire life!

This is a close up of the calendar.  I glittered the nine and then realized there would be glitter everywhere once the book was handled.  I love glitter but it can get a little messy.  I added the diamond glaze over the top and problem solved.  I also used a textured cardstock from Bazzill.  I actually attached this calendar to the back of a banker’s envelope by Bazzill  so that if Mom or Dad want to include a letter for the new baby or other items they can.

Once I had the nine months taken care of there was still a couple of additional pages that I thought I could use for the first couple of months when they come home from the hospital.  This page to the right is one of them.  this way there will be a place to put items like her first baby picture or mom and baby hospital bracelets.

This is the back of the book and I used a fun piece of card-stock from my stash.  It is pink with darker pink flocking.  I really love it and am so happy with the way it turned out.  I trimmed the back of the book with large black ric-rac.  I added a band around the back by Smash Book for her Smash sticks.  I also gave her some of the decorative tape so that she can easily add more items and journal in this book.

My favorite part of making this book as the Favorite Aunt was when my sister made the comment, “I bet she (my new niece) will love looking thru this book one day!”  That is exactly why I made this.

Thanks for hanging on thru this lengthy post!  I’m working on a few new projects and can’t wait to share them.  Below is a picture of the charm that I added for an extra fun girly touch.  I can’t wait to meet my niece!

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