My son is growing so fast, and changing so much every day, that I don’t have time to capture everything in a photo, far less make a scrapbook page for everything! I decided that I would keep notes on his milestones and other cute stuff that he does. This way I will make sure to capture the memories. Of course being a scrapbooker any old notebook wouldn’t do! I decided to use some digital elements to make my very own notebook from scratch.
To complete this project you will need
Mat Photo Paper
Pages for your notebook
Bind-it-All or other binding method.
Before getting started decide on the size of your notebook. Mine is 4&3/8 by 6&1/2.
I started out by creating a new letter size document in Photoshop. I then created two rectangle layers using the rectangle tool. The larger rectangle is the size of the book cover. I made the rounded rectangle slightly smaller.
I then clipped pattern papers from the Design 365 September kit to each of these layers. The pencil paper to the larger rectangle, and the lined paper to the smaller one.
I finished off the cover design by adding
(1) the composition notebook label and word art from Design 365 September kit.
(2) the ticket element from the Maybe Element kit and
(3) the title “Today You” using the alphabet from the the Maybe Element kit
I print and cut out the cover onto mat photo paper. This is becoming my paper of choice for printing digital elements! I backed it with cardstock to make it sturdier. Then I prepared the inside pages and cut the back cover out of chipboard.
Then I used my Bind-it-All to create the book. You can use other methods of binding such as binder rings. Another idea is to use a store bought notebook and simply cover up the original cover with your own!
And here it is already in use.
So now if I don’t get to scrapbook every tiny detail, I will still have a record. Plus I can rifle through the book for ideas for pages for the photos that I do have.
I’d love to see if you make a book similar to this one!