Austin's Baby Album (Part 3 of 3) - Photo Heavy!

I have finally finished Austin's baby album! He's only 2 1/2 years old :) I did have to wait until this year for the Baby Editions to be released, but it still took me a lot longer than I expected. This isn't a fault of the Project Life system at all - that part has gone quite quickly - it's more trying to pull together a year's worth of photos, narrowing them down, printing and getting all of the key journaling included too. It's still a daunting task, even if you're doing the Project Life system.

I'm using the digital edition of the Baby Edition for Him, available at

Here are the photos of the last 1/3 of Austin's album. If you missed part 1 and 2, you can find them here and here.

This starts at month 7. Each month I include a 5x7 of Austin's monthly photo. 

The right side of this spread, which was partially hidden behind the monthly photo and divider.

I have two spreads for each month, so this is the second page of month 7. Here we have the 6 month photo shoot we did with our photographer, Jen. Lots of fun fall photos!

Month 8:

And the right side. This page shows a few photos from a freak October snowstorm we had that year. We lost power for 2 days, just about a half hour after the last guest left our Halloween party we'd hosted.

The second spread for month 8:

Month 9, which included Christmas. I made sure to add in the photo we took with Santa:

Right side:

Second page of month 9. This page is mostly Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I used a few cards from the Project Life Holidays mini kit here:

Month 10:

Right side:

Second spread for month 10. These pages are all from the same day, when I did a Day in the Life project.

Month 11:

Right side:

Second spread for month 11:

Month 12:

Right page:

Second spread for month 12. On the right side I have a bunch of photos I took during a photo shoot for Austin turning one year.

I included a photo of his binkies that I actually took not too long ago, but I wanted to record them inside this album. I added a little journaling about them as well.

Finally, his birthday spread.

Photos are from his first birthday shoot with Jen, and his first birthday party.

I added in the card I made him for his first birthday:

The right side of this spread:

And the very last page:

One thing I made sure to do was to burn a couple of DVDs with the photos and videos I took of Austin during his first year, and I added them into the album with one of the small envelope pages.

Phew! Done with his baby album! I am so thankful that I have a completed album for him now. I had started it in the traditional 12x12 form, and got really behind and overwhelmed with trying to create new layouts for each page. Using the Project Life system was so much easier.

Project Life is an amazing and simple scrapbooking system designed by Becky Higgins. For more information, please check out Becky's website. If you're new to the blog and you'd like to scroll back through my past few years doing Project Life, you can find all of my Project Life related posts here.


  1. Wow! So inspiring! Beautifully done too! I'm still trying to "catch up" on my LOs baby album too (he just turned one last month) so I know how much this weighs on you to get it completed! Any advice on the photo editing/selection process? [I'm a photographer/graphic designer so I not only have a zillion pictures, I feel compelled to make every image perfect and polished]

    1. A lot of the photos I had already done basic editing for since I was doing Project Life, but for those I didn't, I didn't worry about it. I might have lightened up a couple of them, but I didn't do anything fancy. I knew that would take far too long.

      What I ended up doing was this:

      Decide how many pages you want per month. I did 2 spreads, so 4 pages. I kept everything Design A for simplicity. I created a folder for each month (or section - such as the pregnancy, baby shower, etc) on my computer. I then made a copy of any photos I wanted to include in the album. (So, if I knew I wanted x number of 4x6 photos, I would save in a copy of those particular ones. And then I'd also save in some that I cropped to 3x4 - 2 to a 4x6 canvas using PSE, ribbet, etc).

      Once I had the photos ready in each folder, I uploaded them all to CVS, did a batch printing, and so I had all the photos. There were a handful that I printed at home because they were either scans of professional photos (like Santa, or the daycare ones), or a few smaller random instagram prints I needed to fill in some pockets.

      But doing things one step at a time helped me out. Select all photos. Print all photos. Then add all photos to the album. THEN add the journaling and any embellishments, month by month. I mean, I felt really accomplished just getting pictures into the pockets.

      Hope this helps!

  2. That is super helpful! Thank you! and hat's off to you Mamma for getting it finished before sending him off to college! ha! :-)

  3. LOVE that you put all his first pictures and videos on a disc. I'd love to gank that idea, but I admit that I'd probably fill five or so DVDs. :)

    Thanks for putting your "how to" in the comment above, too -- it's only this past month that I thought to do that. I'm trying to keep up for each month, but at this point, I'll be happy to be finished by the time Tycho's two and a half...!

  4. Wow this looks amazing! I'm trying to put together my sons baby album and have been really struggling to keep on top of it as I am also way behind with my normal project life too. Your advice above is really helpful, as I am 5 months behind on baby album so will be using it to catch up!

  5. I really love your albums and really love the idea of making a DVD of all the videos and storing in the album. I am going to be doing that next. I always did not know how to keep all of it together.

  6. This turned out amazing! You can see so many changes in Austin that you probably wouldn't even have noticed if you didn't scrap them. What an inspiration.