Toddler Time Frames: 12 Baby Scrapbook Borders and DIY Baby Scrapbook Embellishment Idea

It’s true — children grow up fast. As important it may be to decorate the nursery, babyproof the home and shop for too-cute-to-handle clothes, it’s equally important to document these toddler time frames, tidbits and special moments within the first year (and beyond, too!). Blog contributor Krislyn Mattei has put together not 1, not 2, but 12 baby scrapbook borders that will for sure make for a cute and creative baby book that your little one can cherish for years to come. 

To create these borders you’ll need:

Milk Belly Border

Step 1: Cut a 12″ x 2-1/2″ strip of pink bib girl designer paper for the base. Cut a 1-7/16″ strip of blue muslin blanket boy designer paper and adhere it on top.

Step 2: Cut a 12″ x 2-3/4″ strip of green plaid designer paper. Using the Diamond Arches Border Punch, punch both long sides. Adhere on the border.

Step 3: Cut a 12″ x 1-1/8″ strip of wooden floor designer paper and adhere on the border. Place a bottles border sticker on top. Adhere the milk belly sticker and pacifier and bottle, popping them up with Foam Squares for added dimension.

My Whole World Border

Step 1: Cut a 12″ x 2-1/2″ strip of White Solid Cardstock for the base. Cut two 2″ x 2-1/2″ pieces each of green leaves, pink bib and pink “So much love” girl designer papers. Adhere side by side on the base, alternating patterns.

Step 2: Using the 12-inch Trimmer and the Scallop Blade, cut a 12″ x 1-3/4″ strip of navy blue brushstrokes girl designer paper. With the 12-inch Trimmer and the Straight Blade, cut a 12″ x 1-1/4″ strip of polka dots boy designer paper and adhere on top.

Step 3: Using the Heart to Heart Border Punch, punch a border with pink “So much love” girl designer paper and another with floral girl designer paper. Adhere on the polka dot strip. Adhere the teddy bear and “You are my whole world and more” stickers with Foam Squares for added dimension.

You Are So Loved Border

Step 1: Cut a 12″ x 2-3/4″ strip of tan snackable cereal designer paper for the base. Cut a 12″ x 1″ strip of blue hearts boy designer paper and adhere to the border. Cut a 12″ x 1-1/4″ strip of pink muslin blanket girl designer paper and adhere below it.

Step 2: With the inside edge of the medium Custom Cutting System Circle Pattern and the Green Blade, cut three circles with florals girl designer paper. Cut each in half and adhere to the pink muslin blanket strip as shown.

Step 3: Using the Jammies Chain Border Maker Cartridge, punch a border with White Solid Cardstock. Cut small pieces of pink “So much love” girl designer paper to place behind the heart cutouts. Adhere to the border. Add stickers with Foam Squares for added dimension.

I Gave You Life Border

Step 1: Cut a 2-1/4″ x 12″ strip of floral girl designer paper for the base.

Step 2: Cut a 1-1/4″ x 12″ strip of navy blue brushstrokes girl designer paper and adhere on the base. Cut a 5/8″ x 12″ strip of White Solid Cardstock and adhere on top.

Step 3: Using the Mirrored Scallops Chain Border Maker Cartridge, punch two borders with pink muslin blanket girl designer paper. Cut one in half lengthwise and adhere behind the white cardstock so just the scallops show. Punch a border with blue muslin blanket boy designer paper and cut in half lengthwise. Layer scalloped borders on border as shown.

Step 4: Cut a 1/4″ x 12″ strip of receiving blanket stripes designer paper and adhere to the middle of the border.

Step 5: Cut a 2″ x 3-1/2″ piece of blue muslin blanket boy designer paper. Using scissors, cut a V on one end. Adhere to the border. Adhere the “I gave you life…” sticker with Foam Squares for added dimension.

Love Border

Step 1: Using the swell edge of the 12-inch Decorative Trimmer, cut a 2-1/2″ x 12″ strip of pink muslin blanket girl designer paper for the base. Again using the swell edge, cut a 1-1/2″ x 12″ strip of green leaves girl designer paper and adhere on top as shown.

Step 2: Using the Diamond Arches Border Punch, punch a border with navy blue brushstrokes girl designer paper. Trim to 1″ wide. Cut a 1/4″ x 12″ strip of wooden floor designer paper and place behind the diamond cutouts. Adhere to the border so just the scallops extend over the left edge. Place a florals border sticker over the seam.

Step 3: With the inside edge of the medium Custom Cutting System Crcle Pattern and the Red Blade, cut a circle with navy blue brushstrokes girl designer paper. With the Green Blade, cut a circle with “You are so loved” boy designer paper and adhere on top of the navy blue circle. Mount on the border.

Step 4: Top with the “Love” and heart stickers and giraffe embellishment.

Baby Border

Step 1: Cut a 2-3/8″ x 12″ strip of wooden floor designer paper for the base.

Step 2: Cut a 2″ x 11-1/2″ strip of blue hearts boy designer paper and adhere on the base.

Step 3: Using the Heart to Heart Border Punch, punch a border with pink muslin blanket girl designer paper. Cut a 12″ x 1″ strip of pink hearts girl designer paper and adhere the hearts border on top. Cut into 2″ segments.

Step 4: Using the Jammies Chain Border Maker Cartridge, punch a border with each blue muslin blanket boy designer paper and green mini crosses girl designer paper. Trim out three 2″ sections of each pattern and adhere to the border, alternating with hearts segments.

Step 5: Adhere the “Baby” sticker with Foam Squares for added dimension.

Adventure Border

Step 1: Cut a 12″ x 2-1/4″ strip of green striped henley boy designer paper for the base. Cut a 12″ x 1″ strip of blue hearts boy designer paper and adhere it to the border. Cut a 12″ x 1/2″ strip of green mini crosses girl designer paper and adhere it below the blue hearts. Cut a 12″ x 1/4″ piece of “You are so loved” boy designer paper and adhere it underneath the green mini crosses strip.

Step 2: Using the Mirrored Scallops Chain Border Maker Cartridge, punch two borders with wooden crib boy designer paper. Adhere behind the base so just the scallops show.

Step 3: Adhere a wooden cars border sticker with Foam Squares. Cut a 2-1/2″ x 1-3/4″ piece of blue muslin blanket boy designer paper. Trim a V out of one short side. Top with the “You are our greatest adventure” sticker. Using Foam Squares, adhere the sticker and wooden car embellishment on the border as shown.

Hush Little Baby Border

Step 1: Using the Starry Border Maker Cartridge, punch a border with blue plaid boy designer paper. Trim to 12″ x 2-1/2″ for the base. Cut a 12″ x 1/4″ strip of pink muslin blanket girl designer paper and adhere it to the base. Cut a 12″ x 1-1/4″ strip of night sky boy designer paper and adhere on the border.

Step 2: Using the swell edge of the 12-inch Decorative Trimmer, cut a 12″ x 3/8″ strip of receiving blanket stripes designer paper. Adhere it to the border as shown.

Step 3: Adhere the clock and “Hush little baby” embellishments and “Snuggles all day” sticker.

Bath Time Bubbles Border

Step 1: Cut a 12″ x 2-3/4″ strip of multi-hued scenery designer paper for the base. Using the 12-inch Trimmer and the Wave Blade, cut a 12″ x 2-1/4″ strip of pink muslin blanket girl designer paper and adhere on the base. With the Straight Blade, cut a 12″ x 1″ strip each of tan snackable cereal designer paper and blue muslin blanket boy designer paper and adhere to the border.

Step 2: With the inside edge of the smallest Custom Cutting System Circle Pattern and the Blue Blade, cut seven circles with blue muslin blanket boy designer paper. Adhere to the border as shown, popping a couple of them up with Foam Squares for added dimension. Adhere the rubber ducks border sticker using Foam Squares. Add additional stickers as desired.

Storytime Border

Step 1: Cut a 2-1/2″ x 12″ strip of pink muslin blanket girl designer paper for the base. Cut a 2-1/4″ x 12″ strip of tan plaid girl designer paper and adhere on the base.

Step 2: Using the Picket Fence Border Maker Cartridge, punch a border with green leaves girl designer paper. Trim to 1″ wide and adhere along the left side of the border. Using the Honeycomb Chain Border Maker Cartridge, punch a border with green leaves girl designer paper and adhere along the right side of the border.

Step 3: Using the swell edge of the 12-inch Decorative Trimmer, cut a 1-1/2″ x 12″ strip of baby quilt girl designer paper. Adhere on top of the punched borders as shown.

Step 4: With the inside edge of the medium Custom Cutting System Circle Pattern and the Green Blade, cut a circle with green stripes girl designer paper. Cut off almost half and adhere to the border as shown. Top with bookshelf, “Storytime” and heart stickers.

ABC Border

Step 1: Cut a 2-1/2″ x 12″ strip of green mini crosses girl designer paper for the base.

Step 2: Cut a 1″ x 12″ strip of ABCs and 123s designer paper and adhere to the left side of the base.

Step 3: Cut a 1″ x 12″ strip of wooden crib bars boy designer paper and adhere to the right side of the border.

Step 4: Place a wooden building blocks border stickers along the seam of the previously adhered paper strips.

Step 5: Adhere the blocks and elephant embellishments.

First Birthday Border

Step 1: Using the Flag Banner Border Punch, punch a border with blue plaid boy designer paper. Trim to 3-1/4″ x 12″ for the base. Cut small pieces of pink “So much love” girl designer paper and adhere behind the star cutouts.

Step 2: Cut a 1/4″ x 12″ strip of receiving blanket stripes designer paper and adhere just behind the left edge.

Step 3: Cut a 2-3/8″ x 12″ strip of night sky boy designer paper and adhere to the border.

Step 4: Cut two 2″ x 1-1/4″ pieces of green mini crosses girl designer paper and adhere to the top and bottom of the border as shown. Cut a 2″ x 3-1/8″ piece of wooden floor designer paper, as well as a 2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of rainbows skies designer paper, and adhere both to the border.

Step 5: Using the Double Balloon Punch, punch balloons from scraps of various papers. Adhere four to the border as shown. Mount the “1” candle and “First birthday” stickers with Foam Squares for added dimension.

If you like to arrange your baby album by month, you may want to create a little embellishment like these to add to your layout. Cut a 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ piece of paper for the base. Cut a 2-1/4″ x 2-1/4″ piece of paper, round the corners using the 2-Way Corner Rounder and adhere on top. Mount the numerical month embellishment on top. Cut a 2″ x 3/4″ strip of paper, notch a V in one short end, adhere a “Months” sticker and add to the embellishment. Top with an epoxy heart.

What are your thoughts on these 12 baby scrapbook borders and bonus baby scrapbook embellishment idea from Krislyn? Will you be putting any (or all!) of these together for your baby books? Share your thoughts with us down below!

11 thoughts on “Toddler Time Frames: 12 Baby Scrapbook Borders and DIY Baby Scrapbook Embellishment Idea

  1. I love that these use a range of the BMCs that shows just how versatile they are across themes. Thank so much Krislyn

  2. My granddaughter just turned one, and these will be fantastic additions to her albums. Plural, because I have four of them in process!

  3. Wow. What a treasure trove of ideas! These borders are so cute! Your creativity is amazing Krislyn

  4. I love these borders! It is wonderful to see how to use all of the elements in the baby package, but is also a great jumping off place for other themes. Thank you!

  5. Cute Cute Cute. I will be sharing these all with my friends who are becoming new Grandma’s!

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