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Is it just my kids, or do all kids love looking at photos of themselves? Maggie is fascinated by it! Henry, too, and it’s funny to see him look at an old photo and try to figure out whether the kid is himself or his sister (there are some striking similarities!). I’ve started making little photo books for each of them, so that they have their own record of their lives and the milestones that they’ve hit. Can you imagine being the star of your own book when you’re 2 or 3?! Best thing ever.
When I started putting the books together, I wanted a super simple way to do it so that it didn’t take a ton of time or scrapbooking skills, but would look fun and colorful. (Side note: I’ve always admired scrapbookers and paper crafters, but I just was not built with the patience to do it. I like my DIY projects to be a little more “instant gratification.” Blame it on my short attention span.) So it hit me: label and ribbon printer! Duh. I used the P-touch Embellish to really quickly and easily label photos, or put dates or fun little sayings, and it all came together perfectly. It prints onto tape in a few seconds, and the different colors or patterns of tape cartridges are so fun to play with for this particular project. Here’s how you do it!
- Brother P-touch Embellish and tape cartridges of your choosing
- plain notebook
- baby photos
- patterned paper for decoration
- glue stick
Make Time: 20 Minutes
Step 1: Start by covering the front of your book. Apply glue stick all over the front cover. Adhere some patterned paper to the front, aligning it with two edges. With the notebook closed, apply glue stick to the back cover and wrap the paper around, adhering it to the back. Trim all excess edges of paper.
Step 2: Decide on your front cover photo. If you like, choose a contrasting scrap of paper and cut it out to act as a photo backing.
Step 3: Use the P-touch Embellish to print out your child’s name. We used the white tape with little red hearts for the front of Maggie’s book. Take some time and decide on one of the many fonts, styles, and sizes that are available. (I love that part!). Once you’ve got your name typed out, print the tape. We used three different pieces of tape for Maggie’s name — first, middle, and last. We also printed out the date of her birth.
Step 4: Once all of your tapes are printed, use them to attach the photo and decorative paper to the page. I love this step because it skips having to glue the photos down. The tape serves as adhesive and decoration, all in one step. Makes things super fast and simple.
Step 5: Keep going! We worked through Maggie’s first year chronologically, including various milestones or family trips. Each page had a different patterned paper on it and we used varying tapes (pastel pink, pastel blue, and the white with hearts) with the P-touch Embellish to label photos, dates, or ages.
She loves flipping through this little book! And I’m loving adding a page every so often. The book is about half full, so as she grows we can add photos. If you want to make one for your kiddos or your family, you can get the P-touch Embellish at Michaels — it really speeds up the process of putting together a little photo book like this. It would be perfect for labeling pages in a store-bought baby book too. And I’m sure any mom out there would agree that any time-saving tricks when it comes to documenting those babies are well worth it! Have fun! xoxo