So You Think You Aren’t a Scrapbooker? If You Are Adopting, Think Again!

I swore that I would by no means become a scrapbooker. I saw some awesome scrapbooks that friends had done, but the thought of taking scissors to my photographs and then spending tons of money on those stickers called, "embellishments” wasn't my style.  To put it bluntly, I wasn't a cutsie, sticker sort of girl and I didn't intend to adjust.

Then life changed.  We adopted a beautiful a baby boy. My quest began to document our new life together.  After an exhaustive search for a baby book that was suited to our adoption journey turned up nothing, I was almost ready to give up.  I couldn't find any baby albums or an adoption books that were right for my son's journey.  The only think I heard about over and over was the term, "life books."  However, that wasn't what I had in mind. After all, every child's journey is unique and I wanted to document our son's unique experience.

Reluctantly, I made my way to the craft store and decided to embrace the scrapbook culture.  I tried to locate some embellishments and other decorations that did not include pregnancy quotes or stork images. Then I took the plunge, holding my breath as I cut into my photographs. Eventually, not finding any adoption items, I put my graphic design skills to work and created my own transparency overlays about adoption.  This enabled me to record the many memories and experiences we had from 'the wait' to meeting the birth mom. I tried to breathe as I cut my photos.

Looking back it is hard to believe what I almost let fade into obscurity.  I almost let these precious memories escape me by because I didn't want to invest a bit of time into an album.


Every child has their own personal story about his or her birth, but for the adopted child, the account is an exceedingly distinctive story and should be recorded in their own Adoption Scrapbook. This can even be a separate book from their "baby scrapbook" if you choose.  Every mom (even the non-crafty ones) can efficiently personalize a special adoption baby book album with a little bit of help.  Scrapbook kits are a great choice as an entry level project.  The materials are contained within the kit, and all you have to do is personalize it.

LifeBooks : Creating a Treasure for the Adopted Child LifeBooks : Creating a Treasure for the Adopted Child
Sale Price: $14.99
 
Karen Foster Design Acid and Lignin Free Scrapbooking Sticker Sheet, Terrific Twins Karen Foster Design Acid and Lignin Free Scrapbooking Sticker Sheet, Terrific Twins
List Price: $2.19
Sale Price: $1.59
You save: $0.60 (27%)
 
Group, Photo, Grave (A Kiki Lowenstein Mystery) Group, Photo, Grave (A Kiki Lowenstein Mystery)
 
Karen Foster Design Acid and Lignin Free Scrapbooking Sticker Sheet, Seeing Double Karen Foster Design Acid and Lignin Free Scrapbooking Sticker Sheet, Seeing Double
Sale Price: $2.29
 
Hallmark Baby BBA7011 Car Boy 5 Year Memory Album Hallmark Baby BBA7011 Car Boy 5 Year Memory Album
Sale Price: $43.71
 


Scrapbook kits make a great gift for any new mom.  Baby books are especially poignant for the mom who is adopting.  For most adoptive parents the journey to becoming new moms and dads takes a lot longer than it does for birth parents.  A scrapbook is a great way to document the process and work through the many challenges that come with adopting, and of course the joys as well.

 

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