DIY Thursday | v11: Personalised Photo Scrapbook

I know we've all seen them before — photos documenting the weekly/monthly growth of a cute little baby. Babies grow so quickly and I wan't to be able to look back at Amelia's growth in years to come. 

I decided to do these monthly photos before Amelia was even born. I purchased mine from Etsy. So I then needed somewhere to take the photos, I thought about getting a chair but by the time Amelia had turned 1 month I had completely forgotten. So I decided to put her on a blanket and see how that went. Then somehow moved on to being the laminate floor, babies love it for some reason! I'm aiming to use a different headband for each monthly photo(which I have plenty for that). I then wanted somewhere that I could store them which wasn't on the laptop, so I decided to make a scrapbook/photo album.

I used an A5 sized blank scrapbook from PaperChase, decorated the front myself and started adding the photos. Another idea is to jot down the monthly stats at the time so you won't forget. I also put her monthly sticker on the opposite page to see. am also planning on doing this with her weekly photo's which I am still taking and I have made a birth to 3 months photo album too which you can see here and plan to do many more. You can make this from scratch or buy an A5 scrapbook on EBay.


Spiral Binding Machine

A5 size spiral binder

20-30 sheets of A5 white card (160gsm)

2 x Hammered card A5 size for the front & back

Ribbon etc to decorate

Hot glue gun

1. Put your printed book pages together and line up the edges so that everything is even.

2. Insert the book (left side in) into the spiral binding machine. Be sure that it is all the way in and then pull the lever down to create perforations. If it is a very thick book, you will have to take a few pages at a time and then line everything back up again.

3. Insert the spiral
 binding comb into the top of the spiral binding machine (with the side that opens up facing upwards) and then pull the lever back to open the comb.

4. Insert your back cover into the combs first. Then the printed book pages, and finally the front cover.

5. Pull the lever back up and close the combs to create your completed spiral bound book.

6. Next decorate the front how you wish and then insert photos. 


There are all sorts of ways to do it and lots of creative ideas floating around waiting to be grabbed by all you imaginative parents. I love seeing new ideas, so If you have done something similar leave your link below and I'll take a look. 

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  1. Great job, and I love the photos! That's one adorable little girl! Thanks for sharing this week at One Creative Weekend! Have a great weekend! I hope you'll be back! (I liked you on facebook.)

  2. lovely idea! I'm making my kids' first year albums now!! lol!!

  3. (Visiting from lowercase letters)

    What a darlin' book! Not only will you treasure it, but once she's old enough to appreciate it, she will not depart from it.

    Have a happy Monday...

  4. This is so cool! What a beautiful way to capture that first year. This would be a great gift for someone too--make the book, get them the supplies, etc. Thanks for sharing!

  5. This is a super cute idea!!! Love it!

  6. Great idea! That first year is oh so important to keep track of isn't it? Great job :) Stopping over from Jellibean Journals!

  7. how very sweet love it
    come see me over at http://shopannies.blogspot.com and see what I shared

  8. I love this! Thanks for the idea. I just wish I were crafty :)

    Visiting from MMM.

  9. I should totally finalize my daughters baby books.. I kinda slacked off... OUPS!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!
    Please don't forget to put my button or text-link somewhere on your site :)

    1. Thanks Christine, It is on my blog love page :)
      Looking forward to linking up again next week

  10. that is wonderful! i have baby scrap books for my first 2 kids, and none for the rest. I am really sorry i didn't make the time to keep these memories!!
    I am your newest follower from the hop..pls follow back if you can.
    and my books are not nary that nice!

  11. So very cute! Thank you for hopping with Curious Wisdom this weekend! Your link received the most visits! I am happy to feature your great blog at the next hop:) Congrats! New GFC follower!

  12. Thank you Loressa, That sounds great!
    Look forward to linking up again :)

  13. So cute, and a really nice way to capture the first year. A great idea also. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  14. This is beautiful! I cant wait to make one of these for my little one someday (hopefully soon!) I would love it if you linked this project up at my link party! Here is the link:



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