Tuesday, April 29, 2008

a baby shower book

We had a shower for Pearlie last weekend, and one of the activities we did was to create a scrapbook right at the shower. I lifted the idea from Barb at A Chelsea Morning, who by the way has just started a little "shoppe." Barb is a great lady (who is a gramma too, by the way), and she loves to do crafty things and to sew. She makes the coolest stuff. She even makes sock monkeys, y'all! They are so stinkin' CUTE!

But anyway, when I read her post about creating a scrapbook at her daughter's baby shower, I knew I wanted to do it, too. I finally got my chance! The way it works is that the hostess (or whoever) supplies the scrapbook paper and stickers and tools, and each person at the shower can create a scrapbook page as a memento of the day. We just asked people to write down their best advice for a new mom and decorate their page. Of course, some people just took off and made a page without any advice at all, which was fine, too.

We had about fifteen or so people who made pages. The really fun part was that we had one of those little HP photo printers that you can just print straight from the digital camera card, so we took a picture of everyone there and printed it right at the shower. Then people could use their own picture on their page. Some of them had their picture taken holding the new baby. It was so fun!

Here are a few shots of the pages people made.

This one has a picture of big brother's reaction when he saw the baby. Is that not the greatest?! (Do you love how I used PS to blur out the hospital name? It's more discreet than a big black marker line.)

We got so much great feedback about the scrapbook. I think it's going to have to be a standard at all future family showers. It would even be fun for a bridal shower, don't you think? You could write your best advice or thoughts about marriage.

Friends of ours did something similar to that at their wedding...they had notepaper and pens at each table at the reception, and they asked people to write their thoughts. They were collected for the bride and groom to read later. I thought it was quite nice.

So anyway, thanks, Barb, for sharing the great idea! We appreciated it.


Barb said...

How fun that you did this. I think it's just about the nicest keepsake a new mom can receive from her shower. Krissy treasures both of hers.

I'm so glad you this fun idea to use!

Honest to Ya~Ya said...

It sounds like a wonderful idea! ☼

Crazy Daisy said...

It turned out fabulous!