Monthly Archives: December 2015

DIY Photo Album for Babies

With Christmas coming up, I have been trying to figure out what all to get our little munchkin.  Since she is only 6 months old, it is easy to not go crazy since she doesn’t know any better, but nonetheless, I still want her to have a fun first Christmas.  Alex and I had decided it would be fun to start the four gift tradition with her.  You know…something you want, something you need, something to wear, and something to read.  Then we will do one Santa gift and a stocking.  Her something to read will be this book!

Since we live so far away from everyone, I still want Avery to know everyones names and faces,  Luckily with FaceTime, we do get to see our grandparents a lot.  I found this little photo album on Amazon.  I liked it because you can put 15 pictures in it, which was much more than other ones  I looked at and we have a big family!  I also liked that it is soft a flexible so she can slobber and chew on it!  I just printed out girls on purple and boys on blue and used washi tape that I had left over from a previous project.  It is zebra, so I figured it went with the animals on the front cover!

The front of the photo album.

The front of the photo album.

Though she knows us, mommy and daddy made the cut!

Though she knows us, mommy and daddy made the cut!

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I love that the last page is a mirror for her!  This will be a great way to help her learn everyone’s names and titles!  What are some things you have done for your baby’s first Christmas?  I would love to hear other ideas!

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Avery was ready to get her paint on!

Avery was ready to get her paint on!

A few weeks ago, I posted some of Avery’s artwork that we made for daddy for his birthday.  We also made some Christmas artwork for family members, but I couldn’t share because we hadn’t given them out yet.  Now I can let the cat out of the bag because they have all been delivered.

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DIY New Baby Ornament

We have been getting ready for Christmas in the Tafoya house the past few days.  Alex and his friend Jimmy had a few brewskis and put the tree up, so Avery and I put the lights on and decorated it!

Avery was very interested in what mommy was doing!  After I got it all decorated I held her up and she just gazed at the lights and all the breakables in awe!  lol

Avery was very interested in what mommy was doing! After I got it all decorated I held her up and she just gazed at the lights and all the breakables in awe! lol

And before you ask, those two stockings are for the dogs, no announcements this Christmas!

And before you ask, those two stockings are for the dogs, no announcements this Christmas!

So much has changed since last year!  We have a 5 month old!  I can’t believe it!  Before I get to my tutorial, check out the new family ornament that I added to the tree this year!

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Aw so cute I love hot cocoa and the marshmallows are the best part!

And our last year's ornament was pretty special too...

And our last year’s ornament was pretty special too…

I had plans to make a cute little shadow box with Avery’s hospital hat and bracelet. Then I got to thinking, after she gets older where would I hang it? I decided to put them in a glass ornament so we can get it out every year at Christmas time! I love how it turned out!  Before I get to the tutorial, just a little flashback to my little squish when she wore her hospital hat.

I love this picture.  It was taken after her first bath.  She looks so snug!

I love this picture. It was taken after her first bath. She looks so snug!

DIY New Baby Ornament

Materials:

Glass Ornament

Hospital hat

Hospital Bracelet

Any other memorabilia from birth

Vinyl

Directions:

Role call of materials.

Role call of materials.

I pulled the top off and set the bulb down in the tray to hold it there.  Avery's hat actually consisted of a hospital hat with another hospital hat as the bow, so I had to really work it in there!  After I finally squeezed it in, I added her hospital bracelet.

I pulled the top off and set the bulb down in the tray to hold it there. Avery’s hat actually consisted of a hospital hat with another hospital hat as the bow, so I had to really work it in there! After I finally squeezed it in, I added her hospital bracelet.

Add your vinyl and boom!

Add your vinyl and boom!

Action shot with the lights on!

Action shot with the lights on!