Snuggle Into Storytime With This Infant Scrapbook Layout

Long before babies understand a single word, most li’l ones love to hear their parents, grandparents and siblings (and really, anyone!) read out loud. Storytime combines soft snuggles, bright and eye-catching pictures, fascinating voices and sounds, and of course, you! It’s a sweet and relaxing way to bond with baby. As an added bonus, a 2019 study found that babies who are read to every day are exposed to 78,000 words each year (or by the time they reach the five-year-old mark, around 1.4 million words cumulatively from storytime!), which could mean a positive impact on their future language skills! Well, let’s get comfy and creative, for it’s time to button up your memories like a cute onesie and make this so-in-love infant scrapbook layout!

To create this layout you will need:

Step 1: Choose a sheet of polka dots boy designer paper as the base for this layout.

Step 2: Using the 12-inch Trimmer and the Deckle Blade, cut an 8-3/4″ x 8-3/4″ piece of blue muslin blanket boy designer paper and mount in the middle of the layout. Using the 12-inch Trimmer and the Straight Blade, cut an 8-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece of little footprints designer paper and mount on top. Using a pen and ruler, make small stitch marks all around the little footprints paper edges.

Step 3: Using the 12-inch Trimmer and the Deckle Blade, cut an 8-1/2″ x 3″ piece of receiving blanket stripes designer paper. Mount on the little footprints piece, about 1/2″ from the bottom edge. With the 12-inch Trimmer and the Straight Blade, cut an 8-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ strip of “You are so loved” boy designer paper and adhere on top of the receiving blanket stripes piece. Cut an 8-1/2″ x 2″ strip of ABCs and 123s designer paper and mount on top as shown.

Step 4: Make Xs and Os from a variety of papers. Using the inside edge of the smallest Custom Cutting System Circle Pattern and the Blue Blade, cut a circle. Without moving the pattern, switch to the Red Blade and cut a circle. Repeat to make more Os. Cut 1-3/4″ x 1/4″ strips of the same papers. Arrange and adhere in X shapes. Place Xs and Os around the perimeter of the layout, 16 sets in all.

Step 5: Crop two photos to measure 5-1/2″ x 3-3/4″. Cut two 5-5/8″ x 3-7/8″ pieces of green plaid designer paper and mount photos on top. Adhere to the layout.

Step 6: Add stickers, popping some up with Foam Squares for added dimension.

Step 7: Cut three 3″ x 1/2″ strips of White Solid Cardstock. Using a pen and ruler, draw border lines around each. Adhere to the layout and journal as desired.

Are you feeling the love from this infant scrapbook layout? What nursery rhymes, children’s stories or picture books do you like reading to your babies, grandkids or wee ones?

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