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Create A Professional Adoption Scrapbook Album Fast

Jan 15, 2008
When you are waiting to adopt a child, especially your first, it can seem to take forever, regardless of how long or short the wait actually is. One way to pass the time is to start your adoption scrapbook album now. As you begin to record some of your thoughts at the time you'll see why it's so important to still take the time after your child arrives.

Don't feel overwhelming with the task of creating an adoption scrapbook album. One of the easiest and most natural places to start is with an extensive list of topics about the adoption experience. This can help get you brain focusing on events you may otherwise overlook. These lists can be found on a variety of web sites including my own which has over 150 topics.

Decide what style of book you want. You can buy a hard-cover book at your favorite bookstore that resembles a typical baby book. Or you may want to consider purchasing a pre-made adoption album, or even hiring a freelance scrapbooker to do a pre-designed book for you. One of the best options in my opinion is the Adoption Scrapbook Album which is twenty pages of overlays, where you get to choose five that specifically fits your child's experience. These transparency overlays make your book look like it was designed by a professional, but with the price tag of doing it yourself.

Go visit your local craft store or scrapbook store to get some stickers and other embellishments. I rarely find more than a couple that specifically mention adoption, but buy some that have sayings about family, baby happenings, love, and other life events. You can use these in your book when you have a little spot to fill. It adds some style.

Have some fun with your digital camera and take a bunch of photos of the day-to-day stuff. Spilled Cheerios all over the living room floor and the huge pile of laundry will give you interesting journaling topics. The more creative photographs you take, the more you'll enjoy journaling. And years later you'll be glad you wrote about and photographed the uneventful stuff as well as the vacations. Your child will have a great time reading about it too.

Be creative, but don't get obsessive about it. Don't go join "cropping parties" unless you want a new social group. Buy a nice paper cutter, stick with straight edges on your photos (no circles will save hours), matte photos using solid-color card stock and buy the patterned paper in bulk (craft stores have "slabs.").

Get it in writing. While it's important to finish your adoption scrapbook album so your child can start looking at it even as she is a toddler, at least start writing notes for the album later. Some may end up in a different album, but you'll have lots of journaling to choose from. Buy a little notepad to stick in the diaper bag and write things down while they happen.

My son turns five-years-old this month. The first year of his life I grew so tired of strangers telling me, "It goes so fast." Now I find myself smiling at little babies and telling the new mothers, "Cherish it. It goes so fast." Adoption is such an amazing experience and every time you look into your little one's eyes you think you will remember every single moment. But our brains can only hold so much and our children do change quickly. Record those treasured memories now.
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The Adoption Scrapbook Album is a fast, easy way to create a personalized lifebook. Use transparency overlays and friends will rave--even if you aren't crafty. Free downloads from Lisa Copen at Scrapbook My Adoption
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